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The Basics of Hand Rolled Cigars
Written by Kevin Godbee

Monday, 26 October 2009

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What To Look For

So if there are some occasional faults in hand rolled cigars what should you look for? If a tobacconist will allow you to hold the cigar then give it a gentle squeeze between thumb and forefinger. It should feel firm but not hard and definitely not spongy.

The wrapper should be relatively soft to the touch and not feel brittle. That’s a sign that the cigar has passed its peak condition and it’s not going to give you the best experience when you smoke it.

If the cigar is part of a box of cigars compare the color of the cigar you have chosen with the cigars that remain in the box. If there is any difference in color or any staining on the cigar then pass on it and look for another.

Even though it’s impossible to get an exact uniform length and width in a handmade cigar and the overall shape may not be exactly smooth you should not accept any cigars that have noticeable lumps or bumps along their length. A good hand rolled cigar will not be a perfect shape but nor should it be misshapen in any way.






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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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