The Allure of Cigar Smoking

Cigar smoking, like drinking wine, is a luxury for many Americans today and is something that many don’t know too much about. Of course you know what cigars are, but are you a cigar connoisseur? Do you know all of the different types, where they came from, how much they cost, or which one is best for certain scenarios? If you’re like most Americans, then your answer probably is “not at all”. If this is the case have no worries, we’re here to help! 
Key Difference First off, you need to understand that cigar smoking is very different from other ways of smoking tobacco. Smoking tobacco from pipes, cigarettes, or bongs is more about the amount you can inhale as fast as possible, to get the biggest buzz. However with cigars, it is more about savoring the delicate taste and steady buzz that a fine cigar provides.
Also, the highest quality cigars are all hand rolled. This means there is an exponentially superior amount of care placed in the preparation of the product. This is simply not possible when dealing with chewing tobacco or cigarettes for that matter. Of course this increase the cost of the tobacco substantially, but it is definitely worth the premium! 
Key Elements A cigar is made up of a wrapper, filler, and binder.
The wrapper is the external shell of the cigar that is made from large dried up tobacco leaves. It is what keeps the entire cigar together along with its contents, even after you light it.
The filler of the cigar is the dried up tobacco leaves that are the actual contents you smoke. These can be from different types of tobacco plants from all around the world. The quality and taste of the cigar mostly depends on this element and what tobacco plants were used as the filler.
The binders are what hold the filler together inside of wrapper. These are typically made from the same tobacco leaves as the filler is; only there are some key differences that help bind the leaves together.
Different Shapes Cigars come in many shapes and sizes, but this does not alter their quality by any means. The different shapes are more for show and handling than they are for a quality or taste measure. However, the more irregular shaped cigars are more expensive because they are so much more difficult to make.
The most common type of cigar shape is the Parejo, and it is the shape you probably imagined when you heard the word “cigar”. They look like a straight cylinder shape, or like a much longer cigarette. The irregular shapes are: pyramid, torpedo, perfecto, and presdiente and they all differ in unique kinds of ways. You can check out a full list of the different options here
Conclusion Hopefully this quick and dirty guide to cigars has helped give you introductory exposures to all of the moving parts that make up a great cigar. Remember, cigar smoking is much more complex than you would think and that is what draws people to its allure.

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