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What is a “premium cigar?”

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Q. What makes a cigar a “premium?” Is it related to price alone?
– Lee B.
A. What distinguishes a “premium” cigar from a “non-premium” is, premium cigars are made entirely by hand with long leaf tobaccos, although some mixed filler (long and short leaf) handmade cigars would qualify. This is also why many premium cigars cost more.

Machine-made cigars, like those sold at most discount drug and food store chains, fall into the non-premium category. Some local convenience stores sell both, premium and non-premium cigars.

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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