PCA 2023: J.C. Newman

Drew Newman of J.C. Newman talks about two of his company’s new projects for 2023. One is a collaboration with the NBA, the other with the LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation.

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What is it About Cigars That Makes Them So Appealing?

Traditionally, cigars have been associated with class and high social status. They have been smoked at formal events, like weddings or company meetings, and also on special occasions, such as graduations or promotions. But what is it about cigars that makes them so appealing?

There’s nothing quite like indulging a little after a good meal, with a fine bottle of wine or port and a well-made cigar. It is the perfect coda to a great evening out with friends and can add that feeling of satisfaction to an otherwise ordinary day.

Cigars have been around for centuries and they’re the oldest of all tobacco products. Their unique smoking experience combines the enjoyment of finely balanced flavors with the social pleasure of sharing a cigar with friends and family.

When it comes to crafting a cigar, the quality of the tobacco used is crucial. Once the leaves are harvested, they undergo a process called fermentation, during which the tobacco leaves are soaked in water to draw out unwanted properties and to help reduce acidity. They then go through a process known as destemming (or despalillo), where workers remove the thick stems.

The wrapper is the outermost layer of the cigar, and it can be made from a variety of different types of tobacco. The filler is a combination of various tobacco leaves that are held together by the binder leaf, which can be made from a variety of different leaves as well. The binder is then rolled and glued to the wrapper using natural glue, which is often a mixture of wheat or rice starch. The cigar is then aged to further develop its flavor.

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