Cuban Cigar Compendium

To celebrate the recent publication of The Cuban Cigar Handbook, we bring you 10 facts all about these famously inimitable cigars!

This is the complete aficionado’s guide to the best Cuban cigars in the world. With detailed history of Cuban cigars, The Cuban Cigar Handbook affords truly fascinating insight into the roles and techniques of Cuban tobacco growers.

DID YOU KNOW…

Europeans first discovered tobacco in 1492, upon their encounter with Native Americans.

Harvesting tobacco begins in December and goes on until sometime in March.

Cigars are made up of 3 types of tobacco leaves, whose variations determine the character and flavour of the cigar. They are the capa (wrapper), capote (binder) and fortaleza (filler).

The capa is the most difficult to grow as it needs indirect sunlight. Capote is made from the upper-most leaves of the tobacco plant, the ones that get the most sun; and this makes them more pliable and durable for rolling.

Once tobacco is harvested, it is usually hung and air-dried for approximately 30 days (a process known as ‘curing’).

The two dominant groups of cigar sizes are parejos and figurados. Parejos are cigars with straight sides, whereas figurados are irregularly shaped. They are considered to be of higher quality because they are so difficult to make.

A cigarillo is a machine-made cigar that tends to be narrower and shorter than a traditional cigar – not the same as little cigars!

The word “habanos” simply means something originating from Havana.

Habanos SA owns all the Cuban cigar brands and Cuban cigarettes sold and distributed worldwide.

To avoid being conned into buying fake Cuban cigars, always remember: if the price sounds too good to be true, then it probably is!

Find out more about these timeless symbols of wealth and luxury here: http://souvenirpress.co.uk/product/cuban-cigar-handbook/

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