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Issue 150 - Cigars and Whisky

Whisky Magazine Issue 150
April 2018

 

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Cigars and Whisky

The world of fine cigars is full of jargon, so weíve compiled a short FAQ to help make things clearer The world of fine cigars is full of jargon, so weíve compiled a short FAQ to help make things clearer.

What are the Habanos ëspecial productions?'



In addition to the standard range of Habanos from each marque, from time to time you will come across nonstandard releases with special bands.



Some are relatively straightforward, for example those marked EdiciÛn Regional are only available in limited numbers in the country specified. Similarly, EdiciÛn Limitadas carry a release year, are usually limited to a relatively small production run and are always made from tobacco that has been aged for at least two years prior to rolling. Others are slightly more confusing. Habanos denoted as AÒejados have been aged for at least five years after rolling prior to release, those marked Reserva or Gran Reserva have been made with tobacco that has been aged for either three or five years respectively prior to rolling. What does ëMaduroí mean?



In Spanish, the word ëmaduroí simply means ëmatureí, however when talking about cigars it is used to describe a colour classification of particularly dark wrapper leaf that has been fermented and aged for an extended period of time. For example, the wrapper leaves used for the Cohiba Maduro 5 line have all been aged for at least five years prior to rolling.



What is plume or bloom?



Plume (or bloom, as it is sometimes called) is a dusting of tiny white crystals that can form on the wrapper leaf of a well-aged cigar. Industry wisdom says that this is caused by oils and sugars escaping and crystallising on the surface of the leaf as t...

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