Hand Made Cigars
There’s a high probability that if you’re reading this, you’re likely a big proponent of enjoying cigars that are made by hand.
Cigars have been made by hand since the mid-16th century. Hand made cigars cost more – and for good reason, as they are typically made with long filler and are constructed of the finest tobacco leaf available by some of the most skilled artisans in the trade. Cigar boxes with cigars that are hand made may proudly proclaim “Totalmente Hecho a Mano“, meaning, “totally made by hand”.
When it comes to comparing hand made cigars vs machine made cigars, one major difference lies in the role of the roller.
The roller (or torcedor as they’re known in Spanish) very skillfully rolls a bunch of leaves entirely by hand in an attempt to maintain consistency in accordance with the cigarmaker’s blend. A roller must be incredibly meticulous and exact about measuring and cutting each cigar before it moves on to the next station. Years and years of practice are required to effectively hand roll cigars with consistency.
A Torcedor expertly rolls tobacco into what will become a beautiful cigar
Of course, one potential pitfall to hand rolled cigars can be human error and inconsistency. Machines have the ability to utilize a mechanized micro-precision that results in a better distribution of filler tobacco and an almost an exact aesthetic duplication from cigar to cigar.
This precision, despite years of practice, cannot be replicated in a human – it’s simply not possible.
As a result, sometimes hand made cigars can wind up with filler tobacco that is plugged and may draw poorly.
Today this is evidenced most commonly in Cuban made cigars.
However, another strong component of a hand made cigar is that it is also typically constructed of premium, 100% original tobacco leaf that hasn’t been reconstituted as HTL (Homogenized Tobacco Leaf). HTL is essentially a mixture of chopped scrap tobacco that is moistened and reconstituted as a sheet that can be cut in any shape to be used as the wrapper or binder of a cigar. It’s usually employed as a cost-saving mechanism but also for aesthetics, as it doesn’t feature veins and the toothy bumps that can be found in an original unaltered leaf.
Many hand made cigars are typically made of the finest long filler tobaccos
In short, cigars made in this fashion care generally constructed of the most top quality tobacco entirely by hand, and that is the universal appeal of a hand made cigar.