Cigars: Curing Tobacco

Curing Tobacco: a NecessityLike many plants, green tobacco is 90 percent water. After being harvested, and before going to the barn, the tobacco has faded a little and the water content is about 80%. It is still too much water for fermentation and the curing is necessary to lower this rate to about 25%. To

Cigars: Processing Tobacco

Why Process Tobacco?After being harvested and cured, tobacco is not fully stabilized and can not be kept long. It must next be fermented. Fermentation is a complex process, but to make a long story short, one can say that it is a transformation of the chemical components by oxydation.Fermentation and AgingFermentation is a natural transformation

Cigars: Growing Tobacco Part 2

How Many Tobacco Plants per Acre?Each type of tobacco has an ideal denseness in the field. To ensure a well balanced development of the plant and produce the product required by industry, the grower has to respect spacing between plants when transplanting. The range is quite large, from 4,800 plants per acre for some large

Cigars: Cigar Manufacture

Cigar StrengthCigars are classified as mild, medium, or full bodied. The body refers to the impact the smoke is supposed to have inside the mouth. It is difficult to measure because it is a subjective perception, which is the reason why cigars are often rated “mild to medium” or “medium to full”. Cigar makers know

Cigars: The Binder & The Filler

Why Use a Binder?The first function of the binder is to hold fillers while the bunch dries in the mold and until the wrapper is rolled onto the cigar. It can have just this purpose. But binder can be chosen for it’s aromatic qualities, so it will be a part of the blend.Binder CharacteristicsBinders for

Cigars: Quality Control

Quality Control ItemsQuality control on cigars concerns the construction, appearance, taste and suction(draw). Once it is done, it is not finished. Quality control has to be exercised on all packaging material and, then, on the full box to check the shading of the cigars before closing it. That seems simple. In fact, for hand made

Cigars: Some Producing Countries

The Dominican RepublicThe Dominican Republic is the world’s largest handmade cigar manufacturer. Although its cigar making tradition is very old, production was boosted in the 1960’s with the Cuban embargo. American cigar companies and exiled Cubans, aided by the recent opening of free zones, set up their factories in the city of Santiago de los

Cigars: Smoking Your Cigar

Basic TastesThe human tongue is able to determine 4 basic tastes : sweet, salted, acid and bitter. That’s all ! The rest is a matter of flavor related to the sense of smell. When testing cigars, only sweetness, acidity and bitterness are concerned. A salted taste could be given by a chlorinated soil or fertilizer.

Low Airfares

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The Castle on the Hill

When you think of castles, such places as Windsor, Sterling, and London come to mind. One might not expect that San Francisco, California should be added to this list. Julius castle on beautiful Telegraph Hill is a little known secret; a treasure hidden away at the end of a secluded San Franciscan lane.This castle was