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How To Hand Roll a Cigar

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If you ever wanted to hand roll your own cigars, you came to the right place. The best way to learn how to roll a cigar is to watch an expert, so I've created a short video to illustrate the most basic method of rolling a cigar. A Windows Media Player and a broadband connection are required to view this video about rolling cigars.
Difficulty: Hard
Time Required: The video takes about two minutes to show how a cigar is rolled

Here's How:

  1. Cut and shape a binder tobacco leaf with a sharp knife or chaveta, smoothing the leaf flat on a cutting board.
  2. Blend and bunch several filler tobacco leaves, depending on desired taste and size of the cigar.
  3. Roll the bunched filler leaves inside of the binder leaf.
  4. Secure, shape, and cut the binder leaf to form a roll of cigar tobacco.
  5. Cut and shape a wrapper tobacco leaf with a sharp knife or chaveta, smoothing the leaf flat on a cutting board.
  6. Roll the wrapper leaf over the binder leaf containing the filler tobaccos.
  7. Secure, shape and cut the wrapper leaf containing the roll of cigar tobaccos.
  8. Cut a small piece of leftover wrapper tobacco to make a round cap, then attach to the head of the cigar with vegetable gum to secure the wrapper.

Tips:

  1. Although it may look easy, it takes years of practice to become a master cigar roller. Filler leaves must be carefully bunched to prevent plugs that can inhibit the draw of the cigar. If a cigar is rolled too loose or too tight, the cigar will not draw properly. Also, there are several methods of bunching and folding the filler leaves when constructing a cigar.
  2. It takes lots of experimenting to find the right blend of tobaccos to achieve a certain flavor.
  3. To improve the construction quality of the cigar, the bunched filler leaves inside of the binder are usually placed inside a mold and pressed for a period of time, prior to rolling on the wrapper leaf.

What You Need

  • Cigar Filler Tobacco Leaves
  • Cigar Binder Tobacco Leaves
  • Cigar Wrapper Tobacco Leaves
  • Chaveta or Sharp Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Vegetable Gum

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