The earliest cigars were probably those rolled by native Cubans. Later on, cigars were associated with aristocracy. Cigars are a mark of luxury. Earlier cigars were smoked by men only and there were clubs where these men could enjoy their habit.
But now, it is very common to see women smoking cigars or going to cigar shops. Cigars are either hand rolled or machine made. The hand rolled cigars can be found in classic cigar shops and the machine made are found in any convenience stores.
Cigar connoisseurs do not typically smoke mass produced cigars that are made by machines, but opt for premium hand rolled cigars that are made by professional cigar rollers in countries such as Florida, the Dominican Republic, and so on.
Most cigars are named and classified according to their size, shape, and color. Since high quality cigars range from a variety of different sizes, shapes, and colors, it is often difficult for a beginner to understand the difference.
The cigar aficionados and connoisseurs like the cigars that have a unique, delightful taste, and a great aroma. Some aficionados have described the production of cigars to be analogous to wine production.
The primary raw materials of a cigar are the three kinds of tobacco leaves. Small leaves are used as filler, whole leaves are used for an inside wrapper called the binder, these leaves can have any kind of appearance. A large finely textured leaf of uniform appearance is used for the outside wrapper.
The Secondary raw materials of cigar include a tasteless gum that is used to stick the wrapper together. It also includes flavoring agents that are sometimes sprayed on the filler leaves. The manufacturing process of cigars includes the cultivation of tobacco.
The tobacco leaves must be cured in order to develop their characteristic aroma. This must be done at the right temperature. The next step is fermentation of the leaves so that they change color and the aroma. By fermentation, the taste of the leaves develop.
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