Cigars provide smokers with a great-tasting means of relaxing and commemorating special occasions. Stogie enthusiasts have plenty of brands to choose from, but thanks to the internet and widespread tobacco availability, more and more individuals are deciding to roll their own smokes.
To help those who’re interested in making their own cigars, let’s take a look at the corresponding steps!
Buy the Tobacco
The first step towards rolling cigars is buying the tobacco. Moreover, this step is comprised of a few sub-steps, as several different tobacco types and leaves form the cigar.
Filler tobacco is that which appears in the middle of a cigar and is used to, well, fill it. Filler tobacco plays a major role in forming the taste and burn profile.
Binder refers to the tobacco leaf that holds cigars together. It also plays a significant role in the overall flavors a cigar affords its smoker.
Lastly, a cigar’s wrapper is its outermost tobacco leaf. A stogie’s wrapper affects taste and strength in an abundance of ways. Generally speaking, stronger cigars are made with maduro (dark) wrappers, while milder cigars are made with Connecticut (light) wrappers.
Blending these tobacco types is all about appealing to the smoker’s pallet, and products’ listings can be used to make informed decisions. Some tobacco comes moistened and prepared, and some tobacco does not. Check the listing at-hand and follow all the preparation instructions.
Roll the Binder
Next, one must roll a cigar’s binder. On a flat surface, place a variable number of filler tobacco leaves (depending on the preferred strength, taste, and burn rate) atop a binder leaf. Starting at one end of the filler leaves, gently roll the binder over them, progressing down it (the binder) as the roll continues. Some rollers prefer to shred their filler tobacco, which will require a bit more precision to roll; the process is however accomplished in the same manner.
Be sure to roll each level of the binder over the last, so it doesn’t come unraveled.
Tie the binder off at the end that will be smoked from. Doing so is as easy as pinching and gently twisting the binder.
Then, cigar “glue,” which can be purchased online, should be applied in moderation to keep the leaf on. Cigars can be pressed during this stage (to achieve a more cylindrical look), but doing so is not required.
Roll the Wrapper
Rolling the wrapper is similar to rolling the binder, except that the process should be undertaken with a bit more care and precision, given that the wrapper is the outermost layer of the cigar. Place the veiny side of the wrapper face up and roll slowly, applying a bit of cigar glue as the wrapping progresses. A cap (end of the cigar) can be made by cutting the cigar on its smoking side. Let rolled cigars dry on a rack (any warm and minimally humid place) for 48 hours before storing them in a humidor or smoking them.
These tips are sure to help cigar smokers take their hobby to the next level. Remember to be careful when selecting tobaccos, as they determine how a cigar tastes.