Cigars are steeped in history with the smoking of tobacco having been around for thousands of years. There are still plenty of surprises to be found out about cigars – have a read of these 10 interesting cigar facts and drop some knowledge on your cigar friends, it will give you aficionado brownie points!
In 1492 Christopher Columbus first landed on the island of Colba, known today as Cuba. He noted his disappointment that there was no treasure to be found and the fact he thought he was travelling to India! Fortunately for stogie fans, the locals introduced him to the burning and inhaling of the leaves they called Cohiba, known today as tobacco.
A thousand tobacco seeds can fit inside a thimble. Once planted cigar tobacco plants need approximately eight hours of sunlight each day.
The phrase, “Close, but no cigar,” originated in the day when a cigar was a popular carnival game prize. Imagine the uproar today if the local fair was handing out cigars instead of goldfish!
When an American pilot who was shot down in Bosnia was rescued, Bill Clinton tested Hilary’s no smoking rule and possibly her wrath by lighting up and enjoying a Romeo Y Julieta cigar in the White House.
A highly skilled or specifically trained cigar roller is referred to as a torcedor, with them able to produce at least 200 cigars a day!
In preparation for his first high-altitude airplane flight, Winston Churchill ordered the creation of an oxygen mask that would accommodate cigar smoking.
Prior to rolling, tobacco leaves must have a humidity level of around 80 to 95%. The taste and aroma from your favourite cigar comes from the fermentation process the tobacco has been through.
In 1961, the CIA was given instructions to use their medical services to place a poison into Fidel Castro’s cigars but the scheme didn’t go to plan. Castro came out and said he received a diplomatic gift from the CIA and that the cigars made him sick but had tasting notes of leather and gorgonzola!
A cigar humidor uses Spanish cedar and it’s normally kiln dried to stop the bleeding of sap. A properly conditioned cigar can age, develop and mature for a lifetime when kept in optimum conditions.
Legendary writer Mark Twain, at the request of his wife, put an end to his 300 cigars a month habit that led to a period of writers block. He then resumed his cigar habit and wrote a book in three months… unfortunately his wife left him!
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