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Old 11-19-2019, 09:34 PM   #1
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Default Don't complain about a stem in your cigar

Donít complain about a stem in your cigar. Take a look on social media, or hang out in cigar lounges. Chances are that every once in a while you will hear complaints about a stem in a cigar. Complaints like ďthis is a 10 dollar cigar and doesnít suppose to have a stemĒ. And usually, itís an uninformed cigar smoker making that claim.

A good premium cigar needs a stem. They add flavor to the blend. They add strength to the body. And they are an important part of the structure of the cigar. So do some research before you make claims that a manufacturer is scamming you. Learn something from industry professionals. Ask informed and experienced cigar aficionados for their opinion, and learn from them.

A LESSON FROM PETE JOHNSON


A few years ago, Pete Johnson from Tatuaje Cigars posted the picture above on facebook. He opened up seven cigars, from seven manufacturers. The cigars vary from mild to strong. The cigar on the bottom is a strong Nicaraguan cigar, which used tobacco from high primings. And thatís the reason why the veins are thicker.
For educational purposes, I opened up 7 cigars from 7 popular brands. I removed the excess leaf from the center veins/stems to show that they are in every cigar and are a key part to each blend. All of them (the cigars) varying in strength from mild to strong. The cigar on the bottom is a stronger cigar I know well that uses Nicaraguan higher primings in the filler. The thicker the leaf, the thicker the vein/stem. This is normal.

Forgot to mention the need for them for the structure of the cigar.

The picture shows that all premium cigars use stems, or veins as they are called as well. And thatís for the reasons mentioned above. Flavor, strength, structure but also combustion.
EL TALLO
The American company United Cigars announced a cigar will an all stem filler cigar on April 1st. And they claim that itís not an Aprilís fools joke. This 6◊50 Toro has been five years in the making. Master Blender Jose Dominguez from Tabacalera Magia Cubana is responsible for the cigar. The tobacco is fermented five times. The name of the cigar is El Tallo.

This project inspired Esteban Disla from RoMa Craft to make an all stems filler cigar as well. Skip Martin showed it on his Facebook page. The company does not have any plans for releasing such a cigar. (EDIT: we claimed that Martin said that the cigar was pretty good, yet that was not what Martin said. We apologize for that, our memory served us wrong).

DONíT COMPLAIN ABOUT A STEM IN YOUR CIGAR.

So the next time you find a stem in your premium cigar, donít complain. It is an essential part of the blend, strength, and structure of the cigar. Light it up and smoke.

Pictures can be seen on https://ministryofcigars.com/dont-co...in-your-cigar/
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Old 11-20-2019, 03:45 PM   #2
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Great post, Ferdinand. I've been guilty of this, especially earlier on in my cigar hobby. I think maybe it's just instinct to want to blame stems on a crummy cigar when you can't reason any other explanation.

And by the way - absolutely fascinating about the El Tallo!! I would have never even suspected such a cigar would exist!! I did some digging and even found a review of that cigar, in case any one cares to read that review I'll post it after I finish this sentence!

https://halfwheel.com/el-tallo/335804/
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Old 11-20-2019, 04:42 PM   #3
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Educational. Well worth the read. Guilty although I didn’t complain to others but it is annoying when the stem is poking my tongue as I draw. I just pull some out then clip it.
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Old 11-20-2019, 06:23 PM   #4
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I rarely ever complain about a cigar problem. Its not often l have a problem but hey, **** happens.
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