Learn About Cigars
Knowing various and sundry facts about cigars is a pastime for aficionados. If you are just getting acquainted with the cigar world, you’ll enjoy some of the interesting tidbits we’ve provided below.
Learn About Cigars: History
- Cigars are believed to have been first invented by the Mayan Indians.
- Christopher Columbus is credited for bringing tobacco to Europe.
- In the 19th century, cigarette smoking was rare, while cigars were fairly common.
- Vicente Martinez Ybor, a famed Spanish cigar maker, moved his operations from Havana Cuba to Key West in 1869, creating an important cigar hub in Florida.
- King Edward the VII, son of Queen Victoria, was a cigar aficionado. A line of inexpensive American cigars was named after him.
- Winston Churchill was famous for his love of cigars, and is known for dipping cigars in port wine or brandy.
Learn About Cigars: Terminology
- Wrapper: The outermost layer of the cigar, which is made of the widest part of the tobacco leaf and can be in a range of colors, most notably:
- Double Claro: Very light and greenish
- Claro: Very light and tan or yellowish, typically shade grown
- Colorado Claro: Medium brown
- Colorado: Reddish brown
- Colorado Maduro: Darker brown
- Maduro: Very dark brown
- Oscuro: Black
- Filler: Typically a blend of different types of tobaccos, with varying strengths, to give the cigar flavor complexity
- Shapes: Cigars are made in several defined shapes, including:
- Parejo: a cylindrical shape with straight sides (most common)
- Torpedo: A cylindrical shape with a pointed cap
- Pyramid: Broad at the base narrowing to a pointed cap
- Perfecto: Narrow at both ends and wide in the middle
- Cutters: Cigars need to be cut if they are sealed on the smoking end. Using a good cigar cutter ensures that the tip is cut evenly and the cigar will burn evenly.
- Humidors: A humidor is designed to keep cigars at an optimal level of humidity to enhance and maintain their flavor.
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