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Thursday, January 12, 2012

What are the origins of Oliva Cigar and Padron Cigars

    A cigar is a tightly-rolled bundle of dried and fermented that is ignited so that its smoke may be drawn into the mouth. The word "cigar" originated from sikar, the Mayan-Indian word for smoking, which became cigarro in Spanish, probably from the Mayan sicar ("to smoke rolled tobacco leaves" – from sic, "tobacco;") or from the Spanish word cigarra ("grasshopper"). However, the word itself, and variations on it, did not come into general use until 1730. New names for cigars include "Jules", "Havana", "Vitole" and "Puro". Tobacco leaves are harvested and aged using a process that combines use of heat and shade to reduce sugar and water content without causing the large leaves to rot. This first part of the process called curing takes between 25 and 45 days and varies substantially based upon climatic conditions as well as the construction of sheds or barns used to store harvested tobacco. The curing process is manipulated based upon the type of tobacco, and the desired color of the leaf. The second part of the process, called fermentation.

    is carried out under conditions designed to help the leaf die slowly. Temperature and humidity are controlled to ensure that the leaf continues to ferment, without rotting or disintegrating. This is where the flavor, burning, and aroma characteristics are primarily brought out in the leaf. Once the leaves have aged properly, they are sorted for use as filler or wrapper based upon their appearance and overall quality. During this process, the leaves are continually moistened and handled carefully to ensure each leaf is best used according to its individual qualities. The leaf will continue to be baled, inspected, un-baled, re-inspected, and baled again repeatedly as it continues its aging cycle. When the leaf has matured according to the manufacturer's specifications, it will be used in the production of a cigar.
    Quality cigars are still hand-made. An experienced cigar-roller can produce hundreds of very good, nearly identical, cigars per day. The rollers keep the tobacco moist — especially the wrapper — and use specially designed crescent-shaped knives, called chavetas, to form the filler and wrapper leaves quickly and accurately. Once rolled, the cigars are stored in wooden forms as they dry, in which their uncapped ends are cut to a uniform size. From this stage, the cigar is a complete product that can be "laid down" and aged for decades if kept as close to 21°C (70°F), and 70% relative humidity as the environment will allow. Once cigars have been purchased, proper storage is usually accomplished by keeping the cigars in a specialized wooden box, or humidor where conditions can be carefully controlled for long periods of time. Even if a cigar becomes dry, it can be successfully re-humidified so long as it has not been handled carelessly and done so gradually. The loss of original tobacco oils, however, will greatly affect the taste.
    Some cigars, especially premium brands, use different varieties of tobacco for the filler and the wrapper. Long filler cigars are a far higher quality of cigar, using long leaves throughout. These cigars also use a third variety of tobacco leaf, called a "binder", between the filler and the outer wrapper. This permits the makers to use more delicate and attractive leaves as a wrapper. These high-quality cigars almost always blend varieties of tobacco. Even Cuban long-filler cigars will combine tobaccos from different parts of the island to incorporate several different flavors. In low-grade and machine-made cigars, chopped tobacco leaves are used for the filler, and long leaves or a type of "paper" made from tobacco pulp is used for the wrapper which binds the cigar together. This alters the burning characteristics of the cigar, causing hand-made cigars to be sought-after. There are many different varieties of excellent cigars like Oliva Cigar. Oliva Cigar is one brand which should be taken seriously by lovers of fine cigars as they offer a wide variety of cigars at a very affordable price. When smoking cigars of this brand, one can expect to taste complex flavours of coffee and nuts, mixed with hints of leather and chocolaty sweetness. A unique trait that sets them apart from other cigars is the unique aroma of the resting smoke, which has a scent similar to that of burning sweet grass. Padron Cigars one of the most respected names in the business, the yardstick by which other cigar brands are measured, and the reigning king of Nicaraguan Cigars. It offers a perfectly drawing, medium bodied smoke blended from Cuban-seed Nicaraguan long fillers and finished in your choice of Natural or Maduro wrappers. It has an earthy aroma and pleases your palate with notes of dark roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate.