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Angel
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Factoid: It has been estimated that a handmade Havana cigar goes through no fewer than 222 diff. stages from seeding to finished product. BTW, to get a cigar roller, person apprentices for at least 9 months, and even then, they may fail. If pass, still more training and supervision before moving from small cigars to the big ones.
Jan 17, 2012 02:14PM
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Angel
Angel is on page 214 of 224
Finished the directory section, moving to the last section on buying and storing your cigars.
Jan 19, 2012 05:56PM
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Angel
Angel is on page 182 of 224
Jan 19, 2012 05:31PM
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Angel
Angel is on page 140 of 224
Jan 19, 2012 04:51PM
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Angel
Angel is on page 114 of 224
Just looking over the various brands listed. Nice photos of the cigars. Information provided is pretty basic review of cigars, with a bit more history for well established brands with some pedigree and time. Overall, interesting to leisurely look over. There is a lot of diversity here in terms of the product.
Jan 19, 2012 04:27PM
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Angel
Angel is on page 78 of 224
Finished the introductory chapter, which also included things like how to light a cigar. It can be quite the ritual. Now into the cigar directory itself.
Jan 19, 2012 03:56PM
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Angel
Angel is on page 49 of 224
On selecting a cigar. Interesting how it can be almost like selecting a wine or other alcoholic drink, like an aperitif versus a brandy after a meal. So, different cigars for different times of day, for a light or heavy meal, so on.
Jan 18, 2012 07:35AM
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Angel
Angel is on page 40 of 224
Factoid: "Cigars were originally sold in bundles covered with pigs' bladders (with a pod or two of vanilla to improve the smell..." Cigar boxes did not come 'til later. I say the nice boxes are a definite improvement. (Plus those boxes are so good for putting other knick knacks in them).
Jan 18, 2012 07:03AM
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Angel
Angel is on page 34 of 224
The job I would want at the cigar making factory: the lector (reader). Factoid: torcedores (rollers) work 8hrs/day at 350-400 pesos a month, give or take. They can take home 5 cigars a day, and they can smoke all they want while they work. This at Havana Cigar Factory (at least as of this book's writing).
Jan 17, 2012 02:20PM
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Angel
Angel is on page 28 of 224
Brief section on the structure of a cigar (again, we have not rolled it yet). Different parts of the plant, all matured at different lengths of time, used to build a cigar. Then combinations of various leaf types, some grown in different areas, to get the particular flavor. Again, lot of work, and to get the best, all this has to be done by hand. I wish the book offered a bit more visual here (pics).
Jan 17, 2012 02:02PM
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Angel
Angel is on page 27 of 224
Read part about how they grow and harvest the tobacco. I had no idea such very fine details were involved--shade, fermentations, the sortings. Keep in mind, this is for handmade cigars, wow, lot of work, and they have not rolled a cigar yet. Factoid: because of fermentation, cigar tobacco is much lower in acidity, tar, and nicotine than cigarettes, thus cigars more palatable (if you like smoking them, that is).
Jan 17, 2012 01:51PM
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