A lot of people know that a cigar is composed of a wrapper, binder and filler, but not many understand how it all comes together. One of the most critical components in the cigar making processes is the bunching of the filler tobaccos to be rolled with a binder. At Drew Estate, they used what they refer to as estrujado method or “lazy entubado” and entubado methods. That is where they form a base of two tobacco leaves before using some of the rest of the filler in the entubado method. The entubado method is where the filler is rolled into straw like shapes and slightly overlapped when bunched together. Entubado is the original Cuban method, but it hard to learn correctly and time consuming which is why its not used on a lot of the cigars you are familiar with use this methods. Willy Herrera joined Drew Estate a couple of years ago and his new Herrera Esteli line is rolled using the entubado method with double binders. In the video, you will see both of these methods being demonstrated and explained by Willy Herrera, Maestro Nick Melillo and a roller from Drew Estate. Enjoy.
It’s been a minute. I think It’s time once again for another issue of Brian’s The Week In Smoke. In case this is your first Week in Smoke, be advised that it covers many (though not necessarily all) of the cigars I’ve smoked in the past week (or the past month, or however long it […]
Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust released a new cigar in collaboration with Secreto Cigars in Ferndale, MI, called the Dondurma. The cigar is a blend that Steve Saka created back in 2015 using a rare Wisconsin Comstock tobacco. Steve gave an interview with CigarWeekly explaining how he came up with blend which he keeps always in […]
Robert Holt, founder of Southern Draw Cigars, announced today that all in-person events will be cancelled for the remainder of 2020. This is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for the safety of their customers. Holt sent out a press release detailing their decision: An important message from the Southern Draw Cigars family: We are […]