Cigars 101

Why some cigars burn with a cone-like ash

A: Cigars that burn with a sharp, cone-shape ash have most likely been rolled using a technique called “booking.” Booking is done by placing all of the filler leaves from the bunch atop one another, then rolling them up like a scroll.

There is an alternative method called “entubar” in which the filler leaves are each rolled into individual cylinders. Cigars rolled using this technique will normally ash with a straight edge.

According to one of my sources, the entubar method is more labor intensive, but cigars rolled in this manner also tend to draw better overall.

Finally, neither rolling technique is necessarily better than the other; it’s more a matter of preference by the manufacturer.

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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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