Casdagli launched three new blends at PCA 2023 including one with tobacco from Zimbabwe.
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What is a Cigar?
A cigar is a long, thin roll of tobacco that isn’t considered a cigarette. Specifically, it is defined by tax law as “a roll of tobacco wrapped in leaf tobacco or in any substance containing tobacco, not rolled into a cigarette.”
A premium cigar is made of one thing and one thing only: pure, unadulterated tobacco. While buzzwords like “natural” and “artisanal” are frequently overused in today’s parlance, they truly describe the cigarmaking process when it comes to quality handmade smokes.
The process begins with a field of tobacco leaves that are grown under natural conditions using organic fertilizers. The tobacco is then handpicked by a team of skilled workers who look for the finest, pristine leaves to be used as wrappers and fillers. Once the leaves are selected, they undergo destemming or despalillo to remove the thick central stem. This is typically done by hand, though some operations use a machine.
After fermentation, the tobacco is aged in bales for a long period of time, adding sweetness and a polish to the smoke. The aging also helps to tame the tobacco’s vegetal or “green” notes, which are often associated with young tobacco or poorly fermented crops.
Cigar smoking is a relaxing pastime and provides an opportunity for people of similar interests to come together and share an experience. This type of socializing is a wonderful way to connect with friends and can even lead to new business partnerships or friendships that last a lifetime. In addition, cigars are a great source of nicotine, which is a known chemical relaxant. However, it is important to note that cigars can cause health risks and should be smoked in moderation.