Within a cigar, the innermost component is known as the filler. It consists of a bound bunch of tobacco leaves, and comprises the bulk of the cigar. Most handmade, premium cigars are typically made with long-filler tobaccos, which are essentially whole leaves.
Though infrequent, some handmade cigars also make use of short filler, which is chopped leaves that are leftover from the production of premium hand-made cigars.
These are sometimes referred to as a “Cuban sandwich’.
Handmade cigar (short filler): 100% natural wrapper, binder and short filler [pictured: Por Larrañga]
Though some hand-made cigars do
make use of short filler tobacco, it is overwhelmingly machine-made cigars
that most often utilize short filler.
Today, many cigar factories pride themselves on the concept of having nothing go to waste, and the act of repurposing chopped up tobacco to make a machine-made cigar is a perfect example of this.
Such factories produce machine-made cigars by utilizing special rolling machines to combine the natural cigar wrapper, HTL binder and natural filler to create a gorgeous, consistent, product.
In comparison to hand-made cigars, cigars made by machine have a consistency in filler amount and distribution which greatly assists in draw performance and encourages a more even burn.
Sourcing a quality machine-made cigar made with short filler is one sure-fire way to enjoy a more cost-effective smoke.