How To Roll Cigars
Every tobacco aficionado out there (the ones who haven't succumbed to lung, mouth and throat tumors that is) knows how to roll cigars. "Cigs," as they are often called, are a tightly-rolled stack of tobacco that is smoked for inhalation (and a "buzz"). A few years after 1492, Christopher Columbus introduced tobacco to Europe (and presumably taught them how to roll cigars); since then, this cancer-causing form of recreation has spread to every known place in civilization. Constructing cigars is an art form, but with the help of this article you will be a pro in no-time.
To roll your own cigars, you will need:
- Cigar tobacco (leaf)
- A wrapper leaf (all cigars have an outer wrap)
- A cigar cutter
- A humidor
- Line up the cigar tobacco in a long line. Aim for about three feet. The thickness of the tobacco line should be a little bigger than the size you want your cigar to be.
- Begin cutting your cigar. You can use a food shredder for this. Go ahead and use a "food glue" at this point, which is a quarter teaspoon of flour and three teaspoons of water, to line the wrapper leaf (so your tobacco won't fall out). Cigars take a lot of cutting, so be prepared if you choose to slice it up with scissors.
- Wrap the cigar filling with your binder leaves. Here is where we actually get to roll cigars. Spread the filler tobacco evenly throughout your cigar's inside. Hopefully that food glue you stuck on the wrapper leaves will be enough to keep the innards within the wrap. If the glue isn't enough, consider removing a teaspoon of water from your final solution.
- Fold the ends over. Simple enough. After your smoke has been rolled (carefully, of course), you will need to taper off the edges by overlapping them. Cut off the top part to light it (when being used). Again, no filler should fall out of your cigars; that is a sign of poor craftsmanship.
- Store in a humidor. Cigars are stored in an area known as a humidor, which is a room kept at a constant temperature so as to ensure quality. These areas are specially designed to keep cigars moist and free from dryness or harmful chemicals (other than the nicotine, of course).
The art of rolling cigars is an intricate one. Keep clumsy hands away, and with about half an hour or so of steady concentration, you will be able to roll cigars like the professionals do. Many people enjoy composing their own mix of tobacco and smoking it; giving a sort of rewarding feeling to the smoker after toiling to construct the cigar. Perhaps you can be one of these millions of people who enjoy rolling cigars, and hopefully you now know how!