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The Basics of Hand Rolled Cigars
Written by Kevin Godbee

Monday, 26 October 2009

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The Binder

The binders in hand rolled cigars are genuine tobacco leaves. These are coarser than the leaves that are used in the filler, but they are carefully chosen by the highly skilled cigar makers to ensure that they match or enhance the taste of the filler.

Imagine what it would be like to be smoking glue? That’s what you get in the binder of a machine rolled cigar - glue that is used to hold together chopped up pieces of tobacco that would never be used in a hand-rolled cigar.

The Wrapper

Once again, a cigar roller will choose a tobacco leaf that either enhances or adds to the flavor of the filler and the tobacco leaf he or she chooses for the wrapper will have to look appealing too.

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Quality

Machine rolled cigars just can’t compete with the quality control that goes into hand rolled cigars and it’s that human element in hand rolled cigars that makes all the difference at every stage of production.

A good cigar roller will put their heart and soul into what he or she creates and their efforts produce a quality product - one that gives cigar smokers and outstanding experience - and that’s definitely worth paying for.

However hand rolled cigars are not always perfect. No matter how good a cigar roller may be there is always room for human error so you will occasionally get a hand rolled cigar that isn’t perfect. Perhaps it’s wrapped a little too tightly to draw well; perhaps there’s a soft spot that you missed when you checked the cigar at the tobacconist.

There will be faults in even the best hand rolled cigars that you probably won’t find in a cigar that’s been produced by a machine. But the smoking experience that you will get from a hand rolled cigar is so much better and once you’ve tried one, you’ll be prepared to overlook those occasional lapses in quality.





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0 # ROBERT MYERS 2009-10-27 05:53
I've noticed that some cigars (eg. Partagas Gigantes) sometimes change dimensions over time, though they are still described the same. I am certain that the last box of Gigantes that I got were noticably shorter and of a smaller ring gauge. Is this unusual? Is it an issue with the rollers? Do manufacturers change specifications without announcement?

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