PCA 2023: Dissident

Cynn Coburn of Dissident is here talking with us about the new limited edition from the brand, ReVolt.

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How Do Cigars Get Made?

The cigar is a complex, handmade product that requires hands-on expertise on many levels. It has been said that more than 200 pairs of hands touch a cigar before it makes its way to your humidor.

It is not unusual for a premium cigar to be rolled with several different types of tobacco, both leaf and filler. This allows the cigarmaker to achieve a balance of flavor, strength and aroma.

Depending on the variety of tobacco used, the wrapper may be either natural or artificial. A natural wrapper, which is most common, is made from a carefully grown and handpicked tobacco plant that has been shaded from the sun. The tobacco may be fermented, which helps to remove undesirable properties and enhance its aroma and flavor, or it may be aged in a controlled environment.

The aging process, which takes place after the fermentation of the tobacco, lends a certain polish to the leaves and rids the tobacco of vegetal or “green” notes. A well-aged cigar will taste nutty, mild and have good flavor.

The tobacco for a cigar is harvested in the spring and stored in large barns where it undergoes a thorough inspection for quality, color consistency and pesticides. It is then sorted and weighed before the leaves are sent to the blending and rolling operations, where a high level of skill is required. Whether it’s for pleasure or business, the cigar is a symbol of wealth and status. Historically, cigar smokers have been portrayed as affluent and socially desirable, and it is still a popular pastime to smoke a cigar on special occasions.

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