Handmade cigars are usually more expensive. They are often classified as premium or super premium cigars. The most coveted handmade cigars in the world cost upwards of twenty dollars. A few cost over a hundred. The cigar brands manufacturered by CaOba are Taino, Tamy, and CaOba. About 2 millions cigars are produced yearly... all handrolled. Caoba states that their cigars are not an expense, but are an investment in pleasure.
LA and the cigar salesman discuss the many types of cigars available for sale. LA
LA chose the CaOba Gold cigar. It is a medium-flavored cigar built from Dominican fillers and binders. The binders have been vaporized with premium Dominican rum. They are aged a minimum of two years in CaOba's cedar vaults.
|Note the cutting board.. it is a cross section from a tree trunk.|
The binder goes around the filler to contain it. It is tobacco leaf and is pliable and silky, and it is actually rougher than the wrapper. It has no flavor, but it is essential because it helps give the cigar its shape and holding by the filler at just the right density.
|The metal disc on the cutting board is a chaveta.|
After a close inspection of the leaf, the best part is picked and carefully cut into the optimum shape for wrapping the cigar. Surprisingly, as much as 75 percent of the cigar's flavor and aroma comes from the wrapper. The finest wrappers are grown in Connecticut, Cameroon, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. A good wrapper has a slightly oily texture and lustrous sheen that feels firm when held between the fingers.The wrapper on a handmade cigar is made from extremely high quality tobacco. It has a smooth texture and feels oily to the touch. It must burn steadily and contribute to taste.
|The finished product!|
Click on the 60 sec video below to watch a Dominican worker creating a Dominican cigar. Don't be fooled by how quickly he works… he is very skilled at what he does and is creating a work of art with techniques handed down from generation to generation.