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Cigar Families

The art of growing tobacco and leaves and rolling cigars has been around for thousands of years. The knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation. A father gives his son his first stick as a passage into manhood and acceptance or they teach their daughter how to roll or smoke a fine crafted stick. Families have been hand rolling and producing some of the finest smokes and the business and industry has become a family one. A lot of sticks you see are named after the families and sell the most in the industry. Here are some famous cigar families.

A well known brand and family is the Fuente family who makes Arturo Fuente cigars. The company is run by grandson, Carlos Fuente Jr. and his two daughters. The family has been making hand rolled sticks since 1916. Arturo grew up in Cuba and learned how to cultivate tobacco with his father. He then learned how to hand roll and immigrated to Florida to roll sticks in America. He continued to produce the finest of cigars. His son Carlos followed suit and lived in the cigar factory with his parents. He was literally born into the industry and learned from his father. He then passed on his knowledge to his son Carlos Jr. Carlos Sr. moved the family to the Dominican Republic where they have a famous tobacco plantation where the best tobacco and leaves are cultivated.

One of the oldest American cigar families is the Newman Family. J.C. Newman started hand rolling cigars in 1895 and the brand has had continued success. His mother paid him to be an apprentice and learn all about the industry in Chicago. He hand rolled sticks for another company until he was laid off, and then his entrepreneurial spirit kicked in and started his own company. J.C.’s story is truly one of the American Dream. He was an immigrant who started and maintained one of the most successful American cigar companies. His two sons joined the business after serving time in the military. Their sons also entered the business, so three generations of Newman men were running the operation.

Years down the road after the two companies had their own success; the Newman and Fuente families joined forces and produced top selling premium cigars. The Newmans have also bought and sold other cigar names; yet work closely with the Fuentes. Not only do both families hand roll some of the best sticks, they also share their success with a charitable organization they founded. They founded the Cigar Family to showcase their talents and the charity is called the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation.

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How to Rate Cigars

There is more to a cigar than just smoking it. The making of the cigar itself is an art form in its own right. Smoking a cigar involves all of your senses, and most important including taste. All cigars have their individual tastes, smells, and textures. There are some that you will hate, others that you can tolerate, and some that will become your favorite. You can tell which ones you like by rating them. Rating a cigar lets you explore the many aspects of it such as taste, burn, tobacco, and other things. You should rate everyone you smoke because even the same type of cigar can taste different because external factors can affect how you feel about it. Here is how you rate cigars.

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How to Cut and Light your Cigar

You have chosen your favorite stick from the humidor and are ready to smoke, relax, and enjoy the flavors of a well rolled one. If you are new to the culture of smoking, you may not know how to cut and light your stick.

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The Maduro Wrapper, One Robust Cigar!

A Maduro wrapper is one for those who prefer a more robust or flavorful smoke. The wrapper of a cigar is the outermost leaf and hence provides much of the flavor of the stick. Those who prefer a more robust, or stronger, cigar often choose what is called a Maduro wrapper, which defines much of the Maduro cigar’s character and flavor. However, some cigars are called Maduro based on the dark color of the outer leaf or wrapper alone, when in fact the wrapper is not a Maduro at all. In other words, while the Maduro is typically a dark leaf wrapper, all dark leaf wrappers are not Maduros.

While the filler and the binder also contribute to the flavor of the cigar, a Maduro, which is Spanish for ripe, wrapper will typically provide a more robust experience than lighter wrappers, regardless of the filler or binder.

The leaf is usually matured in sunlight, causing it to release or sweat the oils from the leaf. The increased exposure to sunlight and the resultant sweating of the Maduro oils also creates sugars within or upon the leaf, which some aficionados will refer to as sweet. However, this particular leaf is not to be considered as sweet, as the flavor is typically robust and full. Many would categorize it or call it strong.

As the Maduro wrapper is typically thicker than other leaves, and contains more veins, it will be a slow, enjoyable burn, depending upon the quality of the filler and binder. Take your time with this one and savor the complexity, aroma, and flavor. You will really enjoy the complexity of this smoke.

For the novice, one way to identify a Maduro will be a dark color, veiny, and oily in appearance and even feel. If kept in a well maintained humidor, it will have a nice aroma. The leaf should wrap the entire cigar without a break, but of course that is true with any hand rolled cigar, Maduro or otherwise.

For someone who is new to smoking cigars, the Maduro wrapper may not be right for you. However, if you want to dive right in, there are many very fine Maduros and your local tobacconist will be happy to assist you with this more robust smoke. Shy away from the cheaper ones, it is worth your money to get a fine smoke which will last you a minimum of a couple of hours.

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All About Cigar Shapes

Cigar Advisor discusses ways to categorize a cigar is by its shape and size. Because there are many different shapes and sizes available for cigars.
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The Art of Cigar Rolling

The way a cigar burns is affected by how it is rolled. Rolling a stick is just as important as the leaf that is use and the tobacco that fills it.

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About Famous Smoke Shop Cigar Blog

Welcome to the Famous Smoke Shop Cigar blog where we will be writing about everything and anything that involves cigars. Our love for cigars will be expressed in our writing, and we hope that you learn more about some great sticks that you can add to your humidors and enjoy smoking. You can come to the blog and learn about great cigars, different types of tobacco, how cigars are rolled, and different leaves used to roll them and much more great information on cigars and cigar accessories.

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