Similar to fine wine, each cigar contains its own flavor. However, to get the right flavor and wrapper in the same cigar, you need to have some skill. There is a process that ardent cigar smokers go through before enjoying their leisure time. It involves picking, fermenting as well as rolling the cigar.
1. Get tobacco leaves
Obtaining the leaves may be a hurdle. This is because not many people are willing to sell unprocessed leaves. However, you can order them online from a willing seller. Once you get the leaves, find out if they are hydrated and ready to use. If not, hydrate them using a spray bottle.
2. Hydrate the leaves
To hydrate the leaves, use a spray bottle and apply the mist lightly. Wait for the leaves to dry as you fan them to dry excess moisture. After the leaves are ready, use scissors to cut the leaves along the middle vein and disentangle the vein from the leaf to make rolling much easier. Pick three leaves and choose which goes where based on the quality.
• Filler: these are the leaves with low quality that may have holes in them
• Binder: these are nicer leaves that have minor imperfections and are good for holding the filler in place
• Wrapper: these leaves are the best in quality and are the ones that make up the outer wrapper of the cigar.
Be sure to use a roller when wrapping the outer leaf to make it look flatter and more appealing.
The rolling or wrapping part requires perfection and may take time for you as a beginner to gain the skill. Follow these instructions.
• Pick up the filler leaf and mold it to the shape of a small cigar
• Take the binder leaf and wrap at least two layers over the filler leaf
• Use the wrapper leaf to cover up the binder leaf. To do so, you need some paste to act as an adhesive and hold the cigar together.
Vegetable gum is a type of starchy powder that is obtained from plants. The gum is essential when wrapping up your cigar as it holds the content of the cigar in place to ensure you enjoy your cigar without it unraveling. You should apply this gum to the wrapper leaf to hold the filler and binder leaves in place as it acts as an adhesive.
Naturally, it takes time to perfect the art of wrapping your own cigars. Therefore, for the first cigar, keep rolling it against a flat surface for several days until you feel it is dry and ready for use.
When it is dry, you are ready to try your first self-wrapped cigar and check if you did a superb job.
Over time, you will get better at it and learn to wrap cigars well based on the amount of air you wish to go through the tobacco as you smoke. When you perfect the art of wrapping cigars, you are free to add as many flavors to your cigar.