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Cigar Guide - Rolling Cigars in the Dominican Republic

19th Apr 2021

Hi. And welcome to another episode of Mondays with Mardo. I'm Gerard. And this week, we're going to show you how a cigar is rolled. But, before I get going, I need you to click the subscribe button, click on the bell to be notified every single week of new episodes on Mondays and Mardos.

All right. Right here, we're going to break it down to pretty basic fundamentals. We have a pair and which is a table that has two individuals. The first one is going to be Manuel, over here. He's going to bunch the cigar. What he has, he has selected his binder. And then, he's going to select his filler tobacco, which is going to be a mixture of different tobaccos to give you that awesome flavor and that complexity. And it can be a combination of ligeros, a little bit of viso. And sometimes, we do use a little bit of seco to give it that balanced burn.

And this style of bunching right here, as you can see, he rolls every single leaf it's called entubado, because he's putting every single leaf in a tube, essentially. Once he has that selected and he finalizes everything, and he has his assembly of leaves, he'll go ahead and he'll make this cigar by hand, 100%. Now, he's going to roll it, I believe in the figurado shape, which is a very difficult task. This gentleman right here has a lot, a lot of experience on doing this. And that's how you can do it by hand and not with a machine.

As you can see, as he has selected all the tobaccos, he's got the filler and this is where he is going to apply the binders. Now, this is not the wrapper. There's three parts of a cigar. You had the filler, which he put together, and then you have the binder. And now, everything is bound. He puts it into the tray where this is actually called the mold. And from here, it goes through into a press.

Okay. After we have rolled this cigar, we are going to place them in a tray like this. And this is called actually, a mold. Once the mold is put together then it's placed into a press for at least about 24 hours. All right. Once we have the cigars pressed, John, here, will select the tray. As you can see, the filler and a binder now have taken shape of the figurado desire.

And now, they will place what we call the capa, which is the other wrapper. In this case, he's using a candela. One of the toughest leaves to work with when it comes to wrapping a cigar is candela. It's not as pliable as other leaves, because it hasn't aged as much. Therefore, it can rip really easily. And now, he'll place it to the side. And after he has completed his whole lot, these cigars will be put into a bundle, labeled and placed in the aging room. And then, you smoke it when they're ready.

All right, the final result, I have here, Jake Wyatt Lucid Interval Figurado. Now, you have seen the video how pretty fundamentally cigar is made. And once everything is made, he's going to put everything in a bundle. He's going to label it. And he goes to the aging room. That's the basic idea. Anyways, let me know in comments, how you find this video, how you like it, and I'll see you guys next week. But remember, before you get going, follow us on Instagram, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel. See you guys, next week. Bye.