While the rolling of a cigar is a delicate process, the wrapping of a cigar is even more so. Wrapping is the most challenging aspect of the cigar making process and requires much care, diligence and talent.
The first step of cigar wrapping is preparing the glue to be used on the tobacco leaves. This glue or paste, usually referred to as vegetable gum, is made from vegetable starch powder and water. The vegetable gum is flavorless and odorless, and it is an easy way for rollers to keep the tobacco wrapper leaves bound to the rolled cigar.
The next step is to place the tobacco wrapper leaf on a flat surface. A small amount of the vegetable gum is applied to the wrapper and the rolled cigar is carefully situated onto the wrapper leaf.
Wrapping a cigar requires many tiny, precise movements of the hand. The wrapper must be expertly twisted, spread and constantly adjusted to keep the wrapper leaf tight and to achieve the most aesthetically pleasing cigar possible.
The wrapping process is essentially an art. It is difficult to describe all of the details of this process, so it may be beneficial to refer to this video link for more information on this process: http://www.tobacconistuniversity.org/tobacco-college/apm-rolling4.asp.
Once the wrapping is complete, either a cap is placed on thehead of the cigar or the protruding end of the wrapper is carved and glued to finish the head. Lastly, the cigars are placed to age for at least 21 days before being sold.
We hope that this series on the Making of Cigars was informative to cigar smokers everywhere! Stay tuned for more upcoming articles related to cigars, pipes and tobacco and be sure to visit the nearest Briar Patch Sacramento Cigar Shop for the latest products!