Tobacco

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

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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Tobacco Farming Part 7: Fermenting Wrapper Leaves, Natural & Maduro and the Rolling Process

This month Nick Perdomo continues his factory tour by describing how both natural and maduro wrapper leaves are fermented. Sun Grown wrappers are fermented at lower temperatures than filler, while Maduro wrappers are fermented at higher temperatures. Nick also gives props to the managers who oversee production, which includes the bunching and rolling phase, making "Cuban wheels," and several rounds of quality control inspection. Additionally, readers will get to see how Perdomo rolls their unique-looking, artillery-shaped Torpedoes.
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Tobacco Farming Part 6: Leaf Classification, Stripping, Drying and Baling

This month Nick Perdomo takes us a few steps closer to making consistently flavorful cigars as he describes how the tobacco is graded, classified, selected, and stripped before baling. The leaf classification process is among the most important stages, because it's the only way to ensure that every Perdomo blend is made with the exact same tobaccos every time. Classification includes the leaf size, type, and quality. The leaves are then ready for the stripping process (removal of the central vein), followed by drying, then placed into bales under pressure where they will continue to age.
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