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How many parts does a cigar have?

For those who are now starting in the world of cigars or those who are used to smoking cigarettes, it may be useful to know the parts that make up a cigar in order to better appreciate its characteristics or to understand the differences between cigars and cigarettes.

Cigars are divided into three main parts: the filler, the binder and the wrapper. Let’s see what these are made of and how they contribute to the cigar:

  • The filler is the most relevant and most distinctive part of a cigar, where we can find the mixture or blend of tobaccos, which offer a cigar its characteristic flavors and aromas. This is the most inner part of the cigar. In higher quality cigars, which are usually handmade, this area consists of large tobacco leaves ranging from one end of the cigar to the other, to allow for maintaining a uniform taste throughout the whole smoke. These cigars made of whole leaves are called Premium cigars.
  • The binder is the first layer wrapped around the filler and its purpose is precisely to bind the filler, so it must be resistant. It is also used to give a cigar its shape, to make it straight and easy to smoke. However, this tobacco also brings flavor and aroma, thus, it must be in harmony with the type of tobacco used both in the filler and the wrapper. This binder, that helps the cigar combustion, is glued with a bit of natural resin diluted in water. After applying the capote, the cigar is pressed for at least two hours, in order to acquire a cylindrical shape.
  • The wrapper is the final coating, one tobacco leaf with oils, that is smooth and uniform. This is like a cigar’s visiting card, since it’s the part a smoker can see better. It’s made from higher quality tobacco leaves to make it look more attractive: smooth, marbled and even, with a nice color and a soft texture.

In the following video, our master cigar roller Luis López demonstrates the three basic pillars of a cigar.

Once composed of its three main parts, we can discuss other areas of the cigar:

  • Head: the part of the cigar that is smoked, which is topped with a cap—a piece of the same leaf used in the wrapper to complete the cigar. It’s graded according to the size of the cigar.
  • Body or barrel: this is simply the body of the cigar. We can say it is parejo when it has a symmetrical size, with straight and parallel lines. And we can call it figurado whenever it is not straight, but rather having a curved or oval area on either end, or both (doble figurado).
  • Foot: this is the open part of the cigar, where we light it for smoking and where we can see the tobaccos that it contains.
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Training kit, a tool to make your own cigar tasting at home

To find out how to enjoy smoking a cigar, learning is the best way. Just like in wine or rum tastings, for example, there are tastings meant for savoring and tastings meant to turn you into an expert when it comes to defining the characteristics of a cigar. They serve to learn how to the detect the types of tobacco, the aromas and flavors it releases, or even if it has been rolled properly or there’s a manufacturing fault.

But attending a training class is not always easy, due to lack of time or because it’s not easy to access this type of training course. La Aurora Cigars has design a Training kit, a tool –used in tasting events or in cigar presentations, for example– that allows you to have your own tasting without traveling to a special location, and to understand how the blends are prepared, in order to become an expert.

At first, this training tool for new consumers was created for the tasting of La Aurora 1903 Doble Figurado Emerald (Preferidos). This first model of the Training kit consisted of four pure grade cigars, a multiwrapper cigar, one La Aurora 1903 Doble Figurado Emerald, an instruction booklet and a DVD with tips to optimize smoking, a lighter and a cutter “to allow smokers to perform their own cigar tasting event, without the presence of a brand representative”, as summed up by the President of La Aurora himself, Guillermo León.

La Aurora 1903 Doble Figurado Emerald is a cigar with a tobacco wrapper from Sumatra seed harvested in Ecuador and binding leaf from Valle del Cibao (Dominican Republic) and filler also from Valle del Cibao, with tobacco from Brazil and Ecuador. Later editions of this tool have been released with La Aurora 107 and La Aurora ADN Dominicano cigars. The first one is a cigar with a wrapper of tobacco from Sumatra harvested in Ecuador, binding leaf from Valle del Cibao (Dominican Republic) and filler from Valle del Cibao (Dominican Republic), Brazil, Nicaragua and Peru.

Finally, La Aurora ADN Dominicano has a tobacco wrapper from Valle del Cibao (Dominican Republic), binding leaf from Cameroon (Africa) and filler from Valle del Cibao (Dominican Republic), Pennsylvania (United States), Nicaragua and tobacco originated in the Andullo process. The most interesting aspect in this case is being able to taste a pure grade from the Andullo, given the aroma and the strength provided by this method.

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Visit to La Aurora Factory in the framework of the Procigar Festival

The latest edition of the Procigar Festival, held from 18 to 23 February, was once again a wonderful experience for both organizers and attendees, perfectly combining, again, training activities and entertainment. Cigar manufacturers, retailers and consumers enjoyed the opportunity to talk, smoke and spend time together in this annual meeting of the tobacco sector held in the Dominican Republic.

In the festival agenda, along with the gala dinners and the auction in which funds for a nonprofit organization have been collected, attendees were able to visit the most important tobacco plantations and cigar factories in the country. In the case of La Aurora Cigars, the visits to our factory were made on 22 and 23 February, where, besides explaining the whole process of making cigars, there was also a blending seminar.

In these tours around the La Aurora Cigars factory, we must highlight the presence of the former American basketball player Karl Malone, who played 19 seasons in the NBA and won two gold medals in the Olympic Games, among other sports milestones. La Aurora Cigars offered him a basketball signed by over 200 workers of the company involved in his personal project.

“It is for the whole La Aurora team, that will be involved in your personal project, a pleasure to offer you this acknowledgement that symbolizes the passion and joy we all feel for being able to share one of your many hobbies with you”, said the President of La Aurora, Guillermo León, during the basketball award ceremony to Karl Malone.

In the following video, we can see a summary of the factory tours held during the Procigar Festival, where attendees had the opportunity to, among other things, learn at first-hand the manufacturing process of our latest cigar, La Aurora ADN Dominicano—from working the tobacco born of the Andullo process to the rolling of the cigar by torcedores (cigar rollers). You can also see how the basketball award ceremony to Karl Malone went.

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Do you know La Auroras’s Training Kit?

La Aurora Training Kit is a unique product and absolutely innovative in the tobacco world, which consists of a simple and portable cigar tasting seminar. The box contains four “grado puro” cigars, one La Aurora 1903 Edition Emerald Doble Figurado #3, a multiwrapper cigar, a cutter, a lighter, a booklet of instructions and a DVD of Guillermo Leon, president of the Aurora, with tips to optimize the smoke. La Aurora Training Kit is not a seminar design exclusively to novice smokers, but to all those who want to go deeper into the world of sensory tasting of cigars. Enjoy it!

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La Aurora creates the Cigar Institute

La Aurora Cigar Factory has created the first tobacco institute worldwide: La Aurora Cigar Institute.

This institution is part of La Aurora Cigar World, a new concept in the world of tobacco whose primary objective is to create real experts in the field of Premium Cigars. This aim is to be achieved with the creation of La Aurora Cigar Institute, the first institution in the world to educate and teach about the world of cigars in a didactic manner, through a group of recognized professionals who will communicate and disseminate the Dominican tobacco culture.

Said institution, that will open its doors next February, is endorsed by the Tobacco Institute of Dominican Republic. Its courses have been meticulously designed in terms of level and duration in accordance with the needs of the learner; on the initial stages, important representative figures of the tobacco industry will be present in order to impart their knowledge and expertise on the subject. We refer to Ángel Daniel Núñez, ex President of General Cigar Co, Benjamín Menéndez, an emblematic figure who has been linked to the world of tobacco for 62 years, holding the position of Senior Vice President at General Cigar, until his retirement in 2013, and Guillermo León, current President of La Aurora, among other major personalities of the tobacco sector.

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