Tobacco

A Dying Mexican Cigar Culture

A Dying Mexican Cigar Culture

Tucked away in the SierraMadreMountains of Central Mexico, 7 hours by bus to the nearest large city, a community belonging to the indigenous Wixárika (pronounced Weeks-Are-eeka) people are struggling for survival. The Wixárika people are some of the oldest and proudest groups in all of Mexico and are fully prepared to die rather than leave their communities and culture behind.
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The Slow & Graceful Death of the Tobacco Leaf: Part 2

The Slow & Graceful Death of the Tobacco Leaf: Part 2

In Part 2 of "The Slow and Graceful Death of the Tobacco Leaf" theVasquez Cigar Factory is now producing cigars under the name The American Tobacco Company. Author Mark McGinty also introduces the readers to Sanburn, "A nice kid in his late 30's with a drop of Spanish blood in his veins" who is more concerned with modernization and the company's bottom line than the well-being of the workers. Vasquez and Sanburn don't see eye-to-eye on running the business, but they tolerate each other in an effort to keep the factory running smoothly.
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Tobacco Farming Part 8: Rolling Big Cigars, Quality Control, Pre – Roll Stripping & Sorting, and Final Aging.

Tobacco Farming Part 8: Rolling Big Cigars, Quality Control, Pre – Roll Stripping & Sorting, and Final Aging.

This month Nick Perdomo has plenty to talk about. Starting with how Tabacalera Perdomo rolls big ring cigars like their 6" x 60 Habano Gordo, and the importance of draw testing cigars, as well as other methods the factory uses to ensure quality control. Nick also explains the wrapper stripping and sorting procedure that ensues before the cigars are rolled. Plus, you'll learn why they final age the tobaccos in Bourbon barrels, and get a "virtual tour" of their aging room, where the cigars rest until they're ready to be packaged. To get the whole story, click here.
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The Slow & Graceful Decline of the Tobacco Leaf: Part 1

The Slow & Graceful Decline of the Tobacco Leaf: Part 1

Author and CigarAdvisor.com contributor, Mark McGinty, reprises some of the characters from his book The Cigar Maker, in Part I of this month's feature entitled, "The Slow and Graceful Death of the Tobacco Leaf." The story begins in 1901 Cuba with Paolo Renteria, a successful tobacco grower who learns that his brother, Armando, has been murdered and their most profitable factory has been burned to the ground during a violent tobacco workers strike in Ybor City. Paolo must go to Tampa and find out what the motive was for his brother's untimely death.
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