Re: roller grades
I think you guys are right on. I always believed, at least from what I read, that in order to roll a certain size/type of cigar, let's say a Pyramid, a roller had to be of a certain grade, let's say a grade 5. That would mean if you're smoking a Pyramid, the roller would have to be either a grade 5, 6, or 7.
MattR's right about the sorting rooms. In Cuba, a roller's output, in semi-ruela's of 50, is wrapped in paper or newspaper and placed on a shelf in the aging room to allow for a little aging, drying, and intermarrying of the blend. From there they are taken to the sorting room to be banded & boxed -- it is at this point that cigars from different rollers are mingled for the first time before they are boxed.
Fredster, if I ever find the video that I have I'll try to get ou a copy.
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