Rolling cigars is a meticulous and time-consuming process that requires skill and expertise. Here is a brief overview of the steps involved in rolling cigars:

  1. Harvesting: The process starts with the harvesting of tobacco leaves. The leaves are then hung in a curing barn where they will dry and undergo a fermentation process.
  2. Sorting: Once the tobacco leaves are ready, they are sorted by size, strength, and color.
  3. Blending: The next step is blending different tobacco leaves to create the desired flavor and strength.
  4. Rolling: The actual rolling process begins with the creation of a “bunch” of tobacco leaves. This is the core of the cigar and provides the structure for the final product. The bunch is then wrapped in a binder leaf and the wrapper leaf is applied to the outside. The cigar is then shaped and cut to size.
  5. Aging: Once the cigars are rolled, they are placed in a humidor to age for several months or even years. This allows the flavors to develop and the tobacco to mellow.

Hand-rolled (hand made, or ‘totalmente a mano’)cigars are considered to be of higher quality than machine-made cigars. This is due to the care and attention that goes into the rolling process. Hand-rolled cigars are made by skilled artisans who have spent years perfecting their craft. Each cigar is rolled individually, allowing for greater control over the final product.

cigar rolling station

Hand-rolled cigars are also more consistent in terms of flavor and draw. Machine-made cigars may have inconsistencies in the tobacco blend, resulting in a less satisfying smoking experience.

Finally, hand-rolled cigars are often made using higher quality tobacco, which results in a superior flavor and aroma. The attention to detail and the use of high-quality ingredients make hand-rolled cigars a true luxury item.

Rolled cigars - hand made cigars, totalmente a mano
Close up on man’s hands making a cigar

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