Cigars 101

The Complete Guide to Cigars

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We recently published a guide to cigars for beginners that we hope will help novice cigar smokers become more knowledgeable about the world of cigars. The cigars guide is also available in downloadable PDF format – https://www.famous-smoke.com/cigars-guide.pdf.

This guide is broken down into 6 parts:

  1. History
  2. Parts of a Cigar
  3. Terminology
  4. Shapes and Sizes
  5. Etiquette
  6. Next Steps

Please share this guide with your fellow cigar smokers and friends who wish to gain a basic understanding of cigars.

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Janet Jones
10 years ago

Can you or anyone settle this bet I have with my friend. It is regarding the small flavored Swisher Sweets cigars. My friend says that the wrapper on these flavored cigars is made of paper not tobacco. I say she is nuts that it is wrapped in a tobacco leaf cause it’s a CIGAR, duh. Who is correct?…

Janet Jones
10 years ago

Can you or anyone settle this bet I have with my friend. It is regarding the small flavored Swisher Sweets cigars. My friend says that the wrapper on these flavored cigars is made of paper not tobacco. I say she is nuts that it is wrapped in a tobacco leaf cause it’s a CIGAR, duh. Who is correct?…

Famous Smoke Shop
10 years ago

Janet,

Swisher Sweets use what’s called a Homogenized Tobacco Leaf (HTL) as the wrapper.

HTL means that it is made from tobacco scraps that are ground up, processed and rolled into a large sheet like paper.

Basically, it is processed tobacco rolled into paper form, but it is not paper, per se, like what you would write on.

Dutch Masters, on the other hand, use a natural leaf wrapper, but they do use HTL for the binder.

Not sure if that settles your bet or not, because in some ways, you are both correct.

Thanks for stopping by our blog!

Famous Smoke Shop
10 years ago

Janet,

Swisher Sweets use what’s called a Homogenized Tobacco Leaf (HTL) as the wrapper.

HTL means that it is made from tobacco scraps that are ground up, processed and rolled into a large sheet like paper.

Basically, it is processed tobacco rolled into paper form, but it is not paper, per se, like what you would write on.

Dutch Masters, on the other hand, use a natural leaf wrapper, but they do use HTL for the binder.

Not sure if that settles your bet or not, because in some ways, you are both correct.

Thanks for stopping by our blog!

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