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Q & A: Why Cedar Sleeves?

Q.
Why are some cigars wrapped in cedar and others are not?

7/09/12 | by VB of Lexington, KY

A.
​​There are a variety of reasons for this. First, is purely aesthetics. Cigars just look nicer in a cedar wrap. But the cedar wrap does have some functionality too. The cedar wrap actually helps keep the cigar’s humidity stable while in transit. The cedar also provides unique flavor characteristics to complement most blends by adding a touch of cedar to the flavor, especially when the cedar is applied before the aging process. Lastly, cedar strips were originally used to light cigars as the flame from the cedar strips provided a burst of cedar flavor at the start of the experience. Many die-hard aficionados still practice this tradition. 

by Bryan

Review: Fighting Cock

Sean G Delicious Nicaraguan Handmade
Toro (6.0"x50): Consistent in flavor from head to foot with a smooth, clean finish. Creamy notes of spice and pepper swirl about while the well-balanced character creates an enjoyable aroma. For the price, this blend really impressed us. Well-constructed.

Torpedo (6.2"x52): Slightly more complex than the toro size but the draw remains quite tight. We suggest cutting the head down a bit further than usual on this one. Expect a strong flavor with the same enjoyable aroma as this size creates a lot more in terms of pepper and spice. Still remains medium-bodied from head to foot and burns slow.

Robusto (5.0"x52): A great 45-minute smoke but it remains rather one dimensional througout. Maintained an effortless draw but burned slightly uneven due to a thick vein in the wrapper. Produces plumes of thick smoke but this size doesn't represent the blends full potential.

Churchill (7.0"x48): Bold yet unbalanced is the theme of this churchill. If you're looking for more of a full-bodied experience, this is your size. The blend builds in strength as it burns but doesn't release as much smoke as the other sizes. It also burns slightly hot after 3 inches.
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