Cigar Seeds

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November 1, 2009

From Seed to Seedling The beginning of every leaf of tobacco used to create a cigar is the seed. The tobacco seed is small – a handful of seeds is enough to plant acres and a sack of seeds will last years. Its quality and construction are just as, if not more, important than every […]

Tobacco Curing & Fermentation

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November 1, 2009

Tobacco Curing Once harvested, the cut tobacco leaves are tied to cujes and hung in large, aluminum barns for curing. Inside the curing barn, the cigar tobacco will spend up to a month drying and aging. This process allows for the slow oxidation and degradation of carotenoids (organic pigments that naturally occur in plants and […]

Tobacco Aging

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November 1, 2009

Once the fermentation process is finished, the tobacco continues to age. After they are dry, the tobacco leaves are sorted, packed into bales and stored away. Since the tobacco is dry, fermentation does not take place. However, the tobacco slowly matures, rounding out the flavor of the leaves. One of the most important characteristics of […]

An Amateur’s Take on the Cigar Process

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November 9, 2007

Let me just say that I am a newbie. Don’t rake me over the coals for this. This is just my interpretation of my new love. I always come home from Jerry’s cigars with a cigar that I did not intend to buy. No matter how much research I do online, Jerry always has a […]