THE CIGAR IN HISTORY
In 1492, Columbus made two great discoveries: one, evetybody knows.
The other was the first recorded observation of a cigar being smoked.
One of the explorer's officers, Roderigo de Xeres, saw a tribe of
Indians in San Salvador smoking large cone-shaped rolls of tobacco.
THE CIGAR SMOKER TODAY
Since then, savoring a fine cigar has been one of life's great pleasures.
Traditionally, cigar smokers have comprised an exclusive fraternity
of those who truly appreciate the best things in life, individuals
of sophistication and refinement. This fraternity has included world
leaders - King Edward VII, Winston Churchill, and John F. Kennedy;
Bill Clinton, decision makers - Samuel Gomp-ers, J.P. Morgan, and
Lee lacocca; as well as entertainment notables such as George Burns,
Milton Berle, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Cosby , Kevin Bacon, Jeff
Bridges, Pierce Brosnan, Kevin Costncr, Danny Devito, Wayne Gretzky,
Kevin Spacey, Denzel Washington and many, many others.
WHERE QUALITY CIGAR TOBACCO COMES FROM
In the days before the Cuban embargo, much of the world's high-quality
cigar tobacco came from various regions in Cuba, particularly the
"Vuelta Abajo" district. It was there that the best tobacco was
grown, cured and the cigars hand rolled. "Made in Havana" used to
signify excellence. The Cuban embargo changed ali that. Many of
the master cigar-makers and tobacco growers left Cuba, taking with
them generatrion-old skills of tobacco farming and cigar manufacturing,
along with whatever tobacco seed they were able to smuggle out.
Today the best cigar leaf is grown in many regions of the Caribbean,
North, Central and South America, Africa and Asia. The tobaccos
are gathered and brought to Honduras, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic,
Jamaica and the United States where they are cured, blended and
rolled into the fine quality cigars that are highly prized by connoisseurs.
THE CREATION OF A GOOD CIGAR - HOW THEY
First, all cigar tobacco leaf must be aged and cured in order to
produce the precise balance of characteristics the cigarmaker wants
for a particular cigar. Premium quality cigar tobacco may be aged
for over two yeats before being blended with other tobaccos to produce
a cigar of consistently high quality.
THERE ARE THREE MAJOR TYPES OF CIGAR
Continue to Smoking your Cigar!
HAND-MADE cigars are made by hand from start to
finish. The filler tobacco is formed into a "bunch" from long leaves
measuring the entire length of the cigar. This "Long Filler" produces
the ideal, slow burning characteristics and is the most expensive
type of filler used. A quality, natural tobacco leaf binder encloses
the filler to complete the bunch. The wrapper leaf of a hand-made
cigar is the most expensive part. A silky, smooth, firmly wound
wrapper rich in natural oils is aesthetically pleasing and promises
an excellent smoke. The hand made cigars bearing the Tinder Box
label are made of the finest tobaccos available.
HAND-ROLLED cigars are machine bunched. The filler
and binder is machine assembled, and then the wrapper is put on
by hand. This is an entirely new method that takes advantage of
both "state-of-the-art" global technology and traditional "old time"
hand craftsmanship. Due to the limited number of skilled cigar makers
today, hand-rolled cigars combine the best of both worlds.
MACHINE-MADE cigars use both long and short filler
(smaller pieces rather than whole leaf) tobaccos, often of the same
grade as the hand made ones. Some machine made cigars use a type
of binder called "homogenized tobacco leaf" (H.T.L.), specially
processed sheet cigar tobacco, which burns consistently and slowly
for a cool smoke. Many machine-made cigars, nevertheless, use natu-ral
leaf binder of high quality, and most have natural leaf wrapper,
identical to that found in premium hand-made cigars. Note: Although
machine-made cigars are usually lower priced than hand-made cigars,
one should not always assume that they are of lower quality. The
price reflects the vast cost difference between machine and hand
labor. Your Tinder Box tobacconist is very knowledgeable about cigars
and can advise as to which is the best cigar value for your taste
preference and your pocketbook.