Q & A: What Is An Infused Cigar?
11/17/08 | by JT of Antioch, TN
There are many different types of cigars on the market, but none are quite as unique as a properly infused cigar. Cigars maintain their flavor and aroma from the combination of filler tobaccos and wrapper leaves used in each blend. Some factors that determine a cigar's flavor include the type of tobacco utilized, their country of origin, and their age. However, it is possible to create a cigar that emits flavors and aromas not naturally found in the physical tobacco making up each cigar. The process for creating these types of cigars is known as "infusing."
Infusing a cigar is not an incredibly hard task but one that takes time and patience. The most common infused cigars incorporate a cognac or whiskey into the blend, like Erin Go Bragh. The most unique, however, are the Acid cigars produced by Drew Estate. These cigars are infused with hundreds of different herbs and botanicals through a highly secretive process, which less than a handful of individuals know about. Regardless, there are two basic methods used to infuse a cigar. The first method involves injecting oils, botanicals, or spirits of your choice into the tobacco. This method is not recommended since it involves a needle and an incredible amount of time spent slowly injecting the cigar, which may not only damage the stick but also cause an inconsistent flavor and balance. The second, recommended method simply involves leaving the cigars in a sealed container (preferably a humidor only used for infusing), with the ingredients you've chosen to use during the process. After about 2 to 4 weeks (depending on how potent you prefer your cigars to be) remove the cigars from their aging container and they should be ready to enjoy. It is best to use mellower; Connecticut wrapped cigars for this process and to only infuse 20 to 30 cigars at a time.