Question: If a roller uses a lieberman machine, is it still considered a 'hand rolled' cigar? I'm guessing not, since it's machine rolled.
Also - does anyone know which brands use plastic molds after rolling vs. wooden ones? Being a traditionalist in many different aspects, I'd prefer cigars that use wooden molds. When I'm paying top dollar for a stogie I want to know that it's made the traditional way.
I saw a video of a manufacturer making 'premium cigars' and saw them stick it into a lieberman rolling machine, then stick it into a plastic mold after, and was completely turned off. A lot of the reason I've paid high prices for cigars is to get ones made the traditional way, with an expert's hands to roll and those nice worked-in, stained, wooden molds. I'll be completely turned off premium stogies if I find out the majority are rolled on a machine, then stuck in a stack of 5c Chinese-manufactured plastic molds.
The reasoning for using a plastic mold over wood was utter BS too. Saying that "plastic didn't expand and contract due to humidity levels the way wood does". Gimme a freekin break. If the guy thinks a thick wooden mold is going to expand or contract enough to make a measurable difference, he' smoking more than just stogies.