I was filming Willy Herrera, who worked with me blending my first cigar, about how the “Entubado” method of rolling was done. As were talking we kept hearing store bells go off, cell phones ringing, you name it and the video ended up impossible to hear! Rather than even try to post that noisy concert I’d figure I’d take one of the still photos from the video itself and show you what reaction our cigar brings! This is one happy cigar smoker!
Entubado is a special way of rolling tobacco leaves to create a cigar that gives you a smooth effortless draw. Most cigars are made by placing one cigar leaf after the other in folds or on top of each other. That stack is then rolled into a binder and then the wrapper leaf. In the Entubado method each individual tobacco leaf is rolled up in a scroll fashion. The roller then adds the various leaves in a certain order to maintain the cigar’s consistency in flavor according to it’s blend. Those tubes are then rolled in the binder and then finished carefully with the most delicate leaf of all – the wrapper. In my blend, the Bonita 18th Anniversary, we also have what is called a Cuban Triple Cap applied to create the cap. This ensures when you cut it that the cigar won’t unravel on you.
Willy and I were discussing the time and effort it takes to do this time honored method. The rollers that make our Bonita 18th have all been trained, and worked in Cuba for a minimum of four or more years, before coming to the US. ETBCigars only hires those rollers that are certified as Level 9 rollers, which are the most highly skilled, and produce some of the finest cigars made anywhere.
The wrapper is a silken Sumatran, binder Nicaraguan and the filler a combination of well aged Nicaraguan and Dominican. The end result is an elegant, well balanced and flavorful smoke.
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