Premium brand cigars use different types of tobacco fillers and packaging. High-quality cigars use long leaves. To keep the tobacco moist, wrappers are used, which form the filling and wrapping sheets with crescent-shaped knives, the so-called chavetas.
These high quality tobacco leaves are grown and selected to form small bundles that are used to roll the cigar. Its complex and profound aroma, depth and taste allow cigar lovers to enjoy their smoking experience. Long filler cigars use a third variant of the tobacco leaf, the binder that is the filler of the outer shell.
Although they are made of the same or similar leaves as used to make the cigar, the packaging may contain imperfections such as natural perforations, tiny holes and discoloration. The packaging of many machine-pressed cigars is not natural because of the material costs. If the filler leaves of a cigar become dry and brittle due to poor storage conditions, then a good humidor for cigars is advisable because this can lead to a bad smoking experience.
These machines produce cigars with cheaper filler and lower quality tobacco to produce as many cigars as possible. Obtaining filler and tobacco is easy, but putting tobacco in the packaging of mass cigars is not only difficult, it is also inefficient.
This does not mean that handmade cigars made from 100 percent tobacco are inferior, but they are made to a higher standard. While most cigar manufacturers follow at least some of the methods for growing and processing premium cigar tobacco, the majority of handmade premium cigars are considered semi-organic. Good cigars are made from 100 percent tobacco, while other cheaper versions mainly contain paper, preservatives and other additives.
Any discussion of the health risks of cigars should start with the statement that cigars are made from tobacco leaves, which are a different product from cigarettes, in which tobacco is cut and treated, packaged and converted into paper packaging. Although the health effects of cigarettes are well documented, cigars pose fewer health risks, but can still cause problems if misused. More specifically, it is crucial not to inhale too much and to control how much time the cigar spends in the smoker’s mouth.
Crafting a Premium Cigar
The darker and thicker the tobacco leaves, the stronger the cigar taste. A specific type of cigar will not be full of flavour, but it will be strong enough to make the smoker feel a little dizzy when inhaling.
For those who want to smoke cigars but do not want to enjoy the power and taste of premium tobacco, there are other options.
Large cigars use a mixed combination of fillers, either long or short. Some brands combine machine bundling (with long filling tobacco) with hand-rolled packaging, which is described by cigar expert Rick Hacker as “hand rolls” rather than “hand-rolled” in The Ultimate Cigar Book.
In general, fatty cigars contain more fillers, which creates greater potential for creating complex flavours. By mixing different types of filling tobacco, cigar manufacturers can create distinctive strengths, smells and flavour profiles for their various product brands. The quality of tobacco and its blend determines the quality of a smoking experience.