A Guide to Different Types of Cigars
As you browse the Internet for new cigars, you will undoubtedly see some cigars that are labeled as short filler, mixed filler, sandwich, and Cuban sandwich. Don’t worry that you are alone in not understanding what these terms mean. Here’s a quick description of what they mean:
- Long Filler – Long filler cigars incorporate tobacco leaves that are folded to fashion the inner part of the cigar, which consists of the majority of the stogie. This is the instance where different leaves and tobaccos are blended together to create the desired taste. Almost all premium, hand rolled cigars are going to be long filler cigars.
- Short Filler – Short filler cigars are, obviously, the opposite of long filler cigars. Smaller portions of tobacco leaves, and sometimes chopped stems, are secured inside of the binder leaf. The grade of tobacco used in short filler cigars are usually inferior.
- Mixed Filler – Mixed filler cigars are a combination of long and short fillers. Bear in mind that the “long filler” portion of the cigar is usually not true long filler. It may simply contain larger pieces of tobacco that have not been fully chopped. To make the term even more confusing, it is often used interchangeably with the term “sandwich fillr”.
- Cuban Sandwich – Also often called sandwich filler, these cigars are a mixed bag. They often contain short filler that is rolled inside of longer filler leaves. In another variation, longer tobacco leaves are used near the head of the cigar so that there is less of a chance that small pieces of tobacco will touch the smoker.
In these troubled economic times, more and more people are looking for lower cost cigars. While there are plenty of good quality, inexpensive cigars, to choose from, you are going to need to be careful that you don’t confuse inexpensive with poor quality. Here are a few tips for choosing low cost cigars:
- Do not buy bundles or boxes of cigars that you have not smoked before. You may not just encounter a bad cigar. You might just get a horrible one. If you purchase an unsmokeable cigar, then you have just wasted your money.
- Increase your odds by purchasing your cigars online. Here, you will be able to enjoy a wider selection of cigars at low prices. However, you must make sure that you purchase your cigars from a reputable retailer. Before purchasing from a website, read consumer written reviews regarding the quality of experiences others have had with them.
- Bear in mind that short and mixed filler cigars from high quality retailers will cost slightly more because there is a significantly higher chance that they will be well constructed.
- Finally, smoke inexpensive cigars slowly. The draw is generally going to be loose, and you do not want your cigar to burn too hot.