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What is Cigar Color Grading?
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Color-grading is relatively superficial compared to the other tasks that cigar workers are given, but it’s a timeless tradition that makes a difference, nonetheless.
BnB Tobacco Monthly Spotlight: Herrera Esteli Norteno
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A delicious Nicaraguan cigar and #7 on 2016’s Top 25 Cigar list, the Herrera Esteli Norteno is a 94 rated Nicaraguan and Honduran cigar wrapped in a beautiful San Andres wrapper.
Can The Shape of a Cigar Effect Your Smoking Experience?
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Nothing beats the relaxing feel of sitting back and smoking your favorite cigar. Whether you’re a new or a long term smoker, you’ll likely find that you’ve favorites when it comes to size, wrapper type and even shape. Now, speaking of the shape, you may not realize that the shape of that cigar affects the overall experience you have. Different shapes can lead to different mouth feels and even different tastes. The most common cigar shape is something called Parejos, which is a type of cylindrical shape. It usually features some type of wrapper that contains the head or the...
Filtered Cigars 101
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Filtered cigars consist of wrapper, binder and filler and in this particular case filter. Filters are intended to reduce the amount of smoke, tar, and fine particles inhaled during the combustion of a cigar, but have no actual proven health benefits. The standard filter used on cigars today contains 15 000 fibers per filter. According to surveys, smokers believe that filtered cigars reduce the risks of smoking and that is most likely why beginning smokers choose this type of cigars. However, they’re unaware of the possibility of loose fibers from cigars’ filters being ingested and/or inhaled into their lungs during smoking....
Blending Cigars is an Art Form
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When blending the tobacco, the blender’s trying to tantalize the human palate! Therefore, a well-blended cigar should awaken all of the following taste experiences. It should taste sweet, sour, salty and a hint of bitter and umami! Umami is often described as a meat flavor on the human palate but can have other tastes as well. You do all this by blending the sweet tobacco leaves with the harsh leaves and the bitter or sour leaf of the tobacco. Then finally using the umami flavoring, the cigar becomes a thing of pleasure while smoking from beginning to end. Tobacco blending...