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An Overview of Fine Cigars

Actually, a closer comparison would be pairing a Cabernet Sauvignon with a can of Keystone Light: if you’re just wanted to get drunk, they have the same effect, but they’re radically different in every other regard. To emphasize that point, the following is a bit of an overview of the production and uniqueness of fine cigars.

The Southern states boomed for a while because of their climate’s ability to grow tobacco; really, though, many regions can produce the crop, but the best cigar can only be produced in a special climate. Some people claim that’s Cuba or the Dominican Republic; no one thinks of Virginia. Cigarettes use the cheapest tobacco leaves, and always one variety. Truly fine cigars are three different layers of leaves, wrapped by hand, and occasionally using long nicotine leaves or a combination of scraps to create subtle variations. The tobacco is aged and fermented, like the best wines, and slight flavors are often added to create even wider varieties.

The production of cigars is an art; the assembly of cigarettes a moneymaking business. All forms of tobacco contain nicotine, that euphoric chemical that chain smokers find addicting, but fine cigars offer a much richer pleasure. With none of the smoky aftertaste that cigarettes exude, cigar lovers can appreciate and enjoy the finesse of smoking: a pleasurable act more than a deadly habit.