Understanding the Different Types of Cigars

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Anyone who has ever enjoyed a nice cigar knows that there are many different types of cigars to choose from, giving them a much better variety than their cigarette counterparts. Those who have never smoked a cigar, but are intrigued by the idea, should look at the following factors involved in a world-class cigar.


One of the most noticeable things about the cigar industry is that cigars come in many different shapes and sizes. Cigar shapes include the Parejo, the Pyramid, the Torpedo, the Perfecto, the Presidente, the Culebras, and the Tuscanian. While Parejo cigars are the most common, no matter where you go in the world, irregular-shaped cigars are referred to as Figurados and are usually of higher quality standards because they are more difficult to make.


Regardless of the size and shape of a cigar, most people are more concerned with the wrapper, or leaf, used to make the cigar. Cigar wrappers vary from country to country, although most are derived from Cuba. The differences in leaves that are used in wrapping cigars include both color variations as well as flavors, due to the different soils where each wrapper is from. Modern cigar wrappers include the Corojo, the Criollo, the Habano 2000, the Candela, the Colorado, and the Maduro.


Another factor to consider when trying to understand the different types of cigars is how each cigar is made. Is your favorite cigar hand-made, hand-rolled, or machine-made? Hand-made cigars are completely handcrafted, from stuffing the tobacco into the wrapper and adding the binder to the cigar. Hand-rolled cigars are made using a machine to bunch the tobacco together and are then rolled by hand. Machine-made cigars are completely made by machinery. Most people find that hand-made cigars are of the best quality, largely due to the freshness of the wrapper and tobacco used. Unlike handmade cigars, machine-made cigars and hand-rolled cigars must be homogenized first so that they do not break when roughly assembled by machinery.


Despite styles, sizes, shapes, and wrappers, one of the biggest factors involved in understanding the differences in the many types of cigars is an understanding that tobacco grows differently in different climates. Because tobacco absorbs nutrients from the soil in which it was grown, tobacco from different countries taste differently. When cigars are constructed, the nutrients from that country’s soil are packed into the cigars, giving each cigar a slightly unique flavor. For this reason, Cuban cigars are often considered to be the best cigars in the world, while other Central American blends come in at close seconds.

Although origins can have an impact on cigar quality, modern technology has allowed many countries to artificially produce cigars that have the same flavor and texture as world-class cigars from Central America. Hybrid leaves grown in greenhouses, artificially inseminated soils, and other laboratory settings allow for cigar manufacturers to produce virtually the same exact cigars for a fraction of the cost. Despite this fact, many people still prefer a hand-made Cuban cigar over any other in the world.

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