The rich and powerful cigars have long been associated with relaxation and rich flavour. Cigar aficionados created a culture around the art of smoking, putting together different theories and accessories to debate and facilitate smoking. Cigar consumption was used as a distraction to the higher echelons of society, just as wine degustation.
It is thought that cigars were probably first produced in Spain, and then caught quickly in other European countries. Although cigars are manufactured in many different countries, Cuban cigars have long been considered one of the most flavourful and rich of all cigars. This is due to regional microclimates which are said to produce the highest quality tobacco, as well as the skills of the cigar makers in the country. Other countries producing substantial quantities of tobacco and cigars include Brazil, Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, and the US. Why did cigars catch the attention of so many for so long? Many speculate that the main attraction of the cigar lies in the way it is produced. Cigars of high quality are always wrapped in by hand. Unlike cigarettes, cigars undergo a long fermentation and aging process (similar to wine), which results in subtle flavors and textures. They ‘re highly individual and no smoky aftertaste will come from the best cigars.
Cigars have a much more complex taste than cigarettes. Most cigars are made by stitching together three separate layers of the tobacco leaves. High quality cigars usually contain long nicotine leaves as the filler, though they may contain a combination of scraps as well. This results in subtle differences, diverse textures and nuanced aromas. In the other hand, cigarettes are mass-produced, and usually contain just one form of tobacco. Cigars also come in an amazing array of flavours. The devoted cigar enthusiast will consider cocoa, caramel, apple and even cigars flavored with coffee!
Although cigars have long been lauded for their smooth and complex flavours, they may pose a major health risk as well. Both cigarettes contain nicotine. We’ve always heard of the nicotine ‘s adverse safety effects, so what exactly does it do? Nicotine is a stimulant which produces a feeling of euphoria. The fact that nicotine is highly addictive and contains various toxins, carcinogens and irritants can not be escaped even by the casual smoker. While most cigar connoisseurs would stop inhaling the smoke, they also run the risk of contracting various forms of oral and larynx cancers.