July 21st, 2010

What is a cigar? If you ask a scientist, he will tell you “a bundle of natural tobacco leaves rolled up into a predetermined shape, with one end that is ignited so that its smoke may be drawn into the smoker’s mouth from the other end”. Those that delight themselves in the taste and relaxation of a great cigar while playing golf or fishing will tell you “pure enjoyment that’s not just a hobby, but a lifestyle.” However you define a cigar, making one by hand is a long and complicated process. A true premium cigar is totally made by hand with long-filler tobacco leaves.

A boutique premium cigar takes it one notch higher, as they are handmade in small batches with select long-filler tobacco leaves.

The history of cigars is based on known facts and documented in historical documents. The origin of the word cigar comes from the native language of the ancient Mayans. The Mayans called it a “Ciq-Sigan”. The Spanish word “Cigarro” is derived from it. The New English Dictionary of 1735 called it a “seegar”, and from there it was later adapted into the modern word “cigar”. Tobacco was introduced to the world by the Taino Indians of Cuba. They called it Cohiba and smoked it through the nose. It was brought to Europe by Christopher Columbus and the rest is history.