Juan Lugo, co-founder of Don Doroteo, talks about the company’s second year exhibiting at the PCA Convention & Trade Show and Don Doroteo’s newest release named Salt of the Earth.
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How Cigars Are Made
Cigars are a luxurious indulgence and a great way to relax after a good meal. They also give a sense of pride and accomplishment when one is smoking a well-made cigar. Many people enjoy cigars for their taste as they often have subtle flavors that are not found in a standard cigarette.
Unlike mass-produced cigarettes that are chemically altered to alter flavor and appearance, cigars are made of all natural ingredients: tobacco. They aren’t a fad, but a lifestyle choice that has been enjoyed by millions of people.
Tobacco is a plant that grows naturally and it needs to be properly processed to create a cigar. The process of fermentation is a key step in transforming raw, bitter tobacco leaves into a product that will be enjoyable to smoke. If you’ve ever smoked tobacco that tasted like freshly cut grass or raw green beans, it has not been properly fermented.
A cigar is composed of several different components including the wrapper, binder, and filler. Choosing the right combination of these ingredients is like pairing a wine with a meal. A cigar maker will carefully select each ingredient to ensure that they complement each other.
It’s said that 200 pairs of hands touch a cigar before it gets to your mouth. This is because a cigar is a handmade product and requires multiple skills to make. Cigars also take a longer time to smoke than a cigarette, which is why they are often used as an opportunity to relax and enjoy a good drink or meal.