Backing away from all the news coming from the convention, I dug this article up geared to the seasoned cigar smoker or just someone who likes to be in the know.
If you love the taste and aroma of a good cigar , you might appreciate a little knowledge about how that cigar was made and how its flavor has been preserved since it was rolled, packaged, and distributed. Keep reading for a little background on where your cigar has been before it was unboxed.
How Cigars Are Made
Any cigar enthusiast knows that the most essential ingredient of a good cigar is the wrapper, which is made from a large tobacco leaf grown in very specific regions of the planet. Much like coffee, cigar tobacco must be grown in unique conditions, and it will have a completely different character based on where it was grown. These carefully produced wrappers then become filled with blended tobacco, or filler, as well as a sun-soaked binder leaf that helps to hold the cigar’s shape.
How Packaging Keeps Cigars Fresh
Some cigars are intended for individual sale, and they are packaged in individual cellophane wrappers. For the truest quality, however, you should seek cigars that are packaged directly in sealed boxes, which may be made of cardboard, wood, or paper. Of course, the most premium selection is Spanish cedar, which lends a pleasant aroma that will enhance the nuanced flavorsof the cigars.
How to Handle Cigars Out of the Box
Once the seal of the box is breached, it is essential to keep cigars in the right condition. Sealed boxes will preserve the appropriate humidity for fresh cigars, but you cannot expect this freshness to last unless you have a humidor at home or rent a cigar locker at your local cigar lounge.