You are here:

Cigars/Vintage

Advertisement


Ole wrote at 2012-12-03 15:02:05
Good answer! I would like to add / discuss:

To find dark, oily wrappers today is really hard in my experience.

I think the wine comparison is relevant: Heavy wines (and full body strong cigars) you may keep for years,

while light wine (and light cigars) have limited potential for storage.



Quote

"In addition, different batches of tobacco (harvested from different farms or times) may be used during production so some cigars may contain great tobacco from a good crop month or farm while others may have tobacco from an average crop month/farm."



The quality control of Davidoff and Dominican companies is superior. I have no belief that communistic quality control includes a specification for

i.e. Montecristo #4 with details like

-the wrapper is the lower leaf provided by plantation X

-the second leaf is coming from a specific part of the tobacco plant, grown at plantation Y

-the filler is grown at plantation Z



In general, I think they collect a set of leaves from a group of plantations, use the  volado, seco and ligero leaves suitable for a range of cigars

and at the end they decide which cigar band to use on the bundle of 25 cigars with the same colour. This is a hypothesis up for discussion from my part.

However, if I am wrong,

-how come it is not possible to do a blind test on a majority of Cuban cigars today? As opposed to the 90's there is no specific identity of the different cigars

-how is it possible to make 10 million Montecristo #4 based on the same "recipe"? Simply, there are not enough identical leaves to make so many identical cigars...


Cigars

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


James Yee

Expertise

My main area of expertise is Cuban cigars and I can assist you if you have questions pertaining to Cuban cigars. I can also assist you with the following:

- General cigar-related questions and advice
- Humidor maintenance and troubleshooting (How to treat humidor mold, correct high/low humidity, humidor seasoning, etc.)
- Accessory maintenance and troubleshooting (Cigar cutters, hygrometers, humidifiers, etc.)
- Cigar restoration, preservation and troubleshooting (How to treat cigar mold/tobacco beetles, restoring vintage/dry cigars, etc.)
- Cigar/Brand identification
- Cigar etiquette

Unsure of a certain cigar brand? Wondering what a certain cigar tastes like? Have a question about Cuban cigars? Having problems with a humidor or Just let me know! I have smoked every brand of Cuban cigars and most reputable non-Cuban cigar brands on a regular basis so I know a fair bit about taste profiles, cigar etiquette and other fine nuances to cigar smoking. (NOTE: My main focus is on premium, hand-rolled cigars and not cheap, machine made, convenience store cigars.) IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE THAT I DO NOT PROVIDE CIGAR OR CIGAR-RELATED APPRAISALS. If you have a vintage cigar item and you want to know if it's worth something, please contact an antique dealer that specializes in "TOBACCIANA".

Experience

I currently have 19 dedicated years of cigar smoking and counting. I have smoked every brand of Cuban cigars and most reputable non-Cuban cigar brands on a regular basis so I know a fair bit about taste profiles, cigar etiquette and other fine nuances to cigar smoking. For 5 years, I studied with Cuban torcedores (rollers), catadores (taste testers) and revisadores (inspectors) on every aspect involving the production of the Cuban cigar and I am currently writing a book that will help beginners understand everything they need to know about cigars and cigar smoking.

Publications
Maple Leaf Gardens: Memories & Dreams 1931-1999 (1999; ISBN: 0920445616)
50 Things Every Guy Should Know How To Do (2006; ISBN: 0452286654)
The [London] Times (October 8, 2009)


Education/Credentials
B.A. University of Toronto

Awards and Honors
Allexperts Top 25 Shortest Average Response Time: 2008-2009
Highest Rank:
- 2008 - 6th Overall, July
- 2009 - 10th Overall, February

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.