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Wrapper leaves from various geographic areas contribute distinctive flavors. Here's how to differentiate. I was speaking with Gary Korb of Famous Cigar the other day about cigar wrappers and thought a little primer on the subject would be interesting. Wrapper leaf is one of the most crucial elements in cigar making, accounting not only for the cigar's appearance, but contributing about 20% of its taste. It's also the most expensive leaf to grow and cure. The plants, called "corojos," are grown specifically for premium cigar wrappers under huge sheets of gauze called a "tapado" (Spanish for tent), hence the term, "shade grown." The idea behind shade growing is to prevent the leaves from becoming too thick and veiny, which is Mother Nature's way of protecting the leaf from the sun's rays. This is one of the reasons a Maduro or Sun Grown leaf is thicker, darker, and of... (more)

Seagoing Stogies

If you don't go anywhere without your favorite cigars, beware: sea air can do a number on them. Here's how to store them so you're never without a good smoke. Plus... advice on avoiding fakes in your favorite ports of call. You're sitting in your office, thinking about that upcoming charter vacation next week. Ahhhh! You close your eyes and lean back. You picture yourself lounging on the aft deck, water slapping the hull, an occasional seabird crying out in a cloudless sky as you light that Churchill to settle down for some premium time. You take a sip of ice cold Vodka with just ... (more)