- a foam cooler or any platic air tight lidded box of a good size. don't use a paper box
- a sponge
- a small container for the sponge (a soup/soda can, or a small plastic food container is ideal)
- a pair of scissors, a knife, or your hands if you are able.
- cigars (machine made is just fine, and the focus of this lesson)
I encourage the use of Phillies Titan cigars, with are the cheapest by volume cigar (as low as 65 cents on various internet shops)
for a review of most of the machine made cigars on the market (the brands which are nationwide and have/will remain stagnant for decades), please check out the following blog;
sorry for the poor pictures.
Step 1: Machine Made Cigar Basics.
The problem with machine made cigars is that the tobacco is sprayed with an incindiary chemical that will help the tobacco burn. This chemical, when inhaled to the mouth, gives the effect of kerosine or rubbing alcohol.
Tobacco leaves naturally contain ammonia and nicotine, which taste horrible. Aging will remove the bad sensations of your cigar and give you a fine smoke. The vast majority of cigar leaf is call "carribean basin tobacco". This is a generic term for Honduran, Costa Rican, Carribean, etc. leaves that are discarded for any number of reasons (veins in leaves, wrong color, odd texture to the fingers).
They are good leaves, but not attractive, and they sometimes burn unevenly so they are not used for handmade expensive cigars. But we don't care about looks, do we? Lets turn some cheapies into goodies.
Step 2: When a Cigar Ages
Two things age a cigar; humidity and heat. The oils of the leaves with decome dry and stale over time, So we awaken them and blend them into each other with humidification. Leaves will release amonia and nasty chemicals while aging, so we will need to open our humidor, and blow the stale air out once a week. The big smell that hits you like a train isamonia, all leaves have it, and we don't want it.
What makes a stogie good is just the flavor. Would you ever smoke a cuban cat turd just because it was cuban and in the form of a brown cylinder? Neither would I. We know better and to fall into the trap of price equals quality.
Because the leaves are bunched, rolled and wrapped by machine the draw of the cheap stogie is pefrect 100% of the time, unlike handmades which can be often plugged and unsmokable.
Hot humid air will leach out the chemicals naturally in the cigars and those used to keep cigars fresh on the shelf. Once these chemicals are gone, we are left with pure aged tobacco. Because of the precense of viens, which contain higher concentrations of natural flavoring compound, the end product is almost universally a strong, full bodied and also hickory tinted smoke.
Step 3: Put It Together
Well then, that's the whole kit. ONWARD!
Step 4: Prep Your Cigars
And now we wait. It takes about two months of just plain sitting and once a week airing to get the cigars perfect. But we can speed up the process a bit, cutting time down to around one month to as low as three weeks.
Step 5: Quick Trick
Pop a bath towel in the dryer. Take it out when it's hot. Lay the hot towel (more towels layered on is better) on the humidor. Leave it as is. This gives you a faster humidifaction proccess, and quickens the entire aging time.
After as long as 2 months or as little as three weeks, you will have 65 centt imported cigar, as opposed to a 5 dollar import of unknown quality, but that's not the best part!!!
Machine made cigars are made in America by American citizens (albiet out of imported leaves), and they help our economy along. By buying American made cigars you are keeping a guy in his job and helping out his family. For those who carry out this tutorial and buy American made cigars, THANK YOU! and may the god of your choice bless you.
One more bit, the following is a list of various companies that use sweat shop labor, and refuse to hire American workers. Do not buy from these people as they are ruining our economy.-
Walmart- chinese products, anti-union, just horrible in general
Sears- same as walmart
Coca Cola- has killed union leaders in south America, factory pollution
May department stores- walmart
Starbucks- little to not fairlabor coffe, basically an agricultural sweatshop
Toys R Us- walmart for kids
Pottery Barn- made overseas
Forever21, RalphLauren, OldNavy, Gap, Guess, Nike, Holister, Ambercrombie, Dickies, Tesco, Starbucks, New Era, Adidas, Speedo, Rooshing, Liz Claiborne, Oshcosh B. Gosh, Banana Republic, Cintas, Kohls, Calvin Klien, Tommy Hilfiger, Reebock, Levi, Adsa, Planet earth, Jones Apperal group, Hanes, Carrefour,
All of the above bunch use sweatshops to make thier clothing. please do not buy from these companies. While it may be true that these individuals employ Americans to some extent, the jobs these Americans do not include exporting an American made product, and because of this, they must be avoided. DO NOT BUY IMPORTED GOODS!
and the worst of all (second to walmart) Disney. they were founded by an anti-semetic, tyrannical basterd who abused his friends and workers. Today they have hired illegal immigrants, used sweatshop labor, and covered up accidents and deaths at their amusment parks. Disney is evil. there I said it.