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The History Of Cigars

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Cigar and a timepiece

Personally, I really enjoy looking into the history of things. I’m not sure why but I feel like when I understand the history of things and not just cigars that I appreciate them even more. So in this post I want to elaborate on the history of cigars. Time Magazine actually shared a really informative article about this so if you’d rather their version than mine then head over and have a read.

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First off let’s start with the definition of a cigar as provided on Wikipedia:

‘A cigar is a rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco leaves made to be smoked. They are produced in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Since the 20th century, almost all cigars are made up of three distinct components: the filler, the binder leaf which holds the filler together, and a wrapper leaf. Often the cigar will have band printed with the cigar manufacturer’s logo.’

When Were Cigars Created?

So from the definition we know that they have been around since the 10th century. It was believed that the Mayan people are the original inventors, wrapping tobacco in palm or plantain leaves. This dates back to a ceramic pot discovery in the area of Guatemala which has an image of a Mayan smoking what looks like tobacco leaves tied together with string.

Bringing it forward many years to 1492 Christopher Columbus discovered not only America but also tobacco. He brought the trend back to Europe and the popularity has risen exponentially. With the rise in popularity, the majority of European cigars were produced in Spain.

Cigar Manufacturing

After growing crops in Spain many moved to Florida and not long after Cuba was discovered as the ideal growing location. The climate here is ideal for tobacco and cigars, hence why humidors are required to mimic this exact climate.

So Why Cuba?

Cuba is the all in one location to grow the filler, binder and wrapper. The fertile lands and perfect climate make for the right growing conditions all year round. So what is the ideal climate? A humidity that fluctuates between 70% and 80% and temperatures ranging from 70°F to 73°F.

Types of Cigars

There are many different types of cigars but the most common is definitely the Parejo. Shaped in a cylinder and very similar to a modern cigarette these are the cigars depicted by the Mayans. Within the category of Parejo there are many others including the Churchill, Rothschild, Lonsdale, Toro, Corona and Carlota.

There are also another class called Figurados. These guys are not very common these days but once upon a time were. Cigars in this category are known as Presidente, Torpedo and Toscanos and if you find them savor them! They are definitely a collectors item as they have been phased out of production.

Stogies – What are They!?

Stogies was the nickname given to cigars so if you’ve heard this term being thrown around then read on for the explanation.

A stogie is a slang word for a cheap cigar that was pre-cut. Safe to assume that a stogie is a cheap cigar so don’t go throwing this word around. It can be offensive!

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I Got a New Humidor!

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My dear wife bought me a new cigar humidor for Christmas and I have finally had a moment to stop and share it with you all. I travel quite a lot for my work which can be tiring at times but I do enjoy it immensely. Anyway, my wife bought me a travel humidor so I can take my cigars with me on my work trips and on future vacations with the family.

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Travel Cigar Humidor- A Very Merry Christmas

My wife knows how much I love my La Cubana desktop humidor so she stayed with the same company and bought me the genuine leather travel humidor! It is really good and came with the humidifier, hygrometer, syphone, brass key and lock and even a cutter. Not that I use the cutters that come with things – I take my cigar cutting very seriously and have a range of cutters at hand.  I am yet to actually take it with me as I have had some time off from work but I am looking forward to the next trip! I have a few cigars stored in it at the moment. My wife also had a gift voucher in there for me to buy some cigars as well. Yep, she’s a keeper I know!

The only thing I don’t like about the travel humidor is that it can hold I’d say maximum 10 cigars and even less if they are thick. BUT in saying that, I honestly couldn’t smoke that many cigars unless I was going away on a big trip and if I was going away on a big trip I’d probably plan for that. So it really is perfect for my needs. I use my desktop cigar humidor to hold my stogies but will transfer them across when I need to.

The leather finish gives it a very elegant finish which I like. The interior looks a little bit cheap but I’m ok with that! I can’t really complain nor comment about the price considering it was a gift!

Why You Need a Humidor

I believe my wife would have trusted the team over at Cigar Cigar Info when making her decision about what gift to buy for me. They are the only cigar site that I trust when it comes to Cigar Accessories and share very informative and knowledgeable posts. If you are looking for the Best Cigar Humidor then definitely read their article which reviews the top products as well as explains the need for humidors. If you don’t already know, cigars need to be kept at a very specific humidity to mimic the growing climate where the tobacco is from. This is very precise and for the best storage you need to keep your cigars at a humidity between 68-74% and a maximum temperature of 73°F  with the ideal temp being 70°F and 70% humidity. Humidors do all this for you, hence the importance of having a highly functional humidor!

Summary

It was a very Merry Christmas for me indeed and I am very thankful for my wife who surprised me with such a nice gift! I will have to report back and update this post once I’ve tested it out over my next work trip!