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Good Cigar Construction

by Bryan Glynn, May 29, 2013
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Untitled-1In the open call for Answering Viewer Questions, someone asked if I could demo deconstruction of a good vs. poor cigar. While I can’t, because I don’t know a cigar has poor construction until it’s smoked, I can show you a good one. Previous videos have already shown poor as I was smoking. I didn’t mind sacrificing this one for two reasons. First and most importantly, I knew with 100% certainty it was constructed right – because I made it. All of it. Second, it sucks 🙂 I’m a terrible blender and roller, they came out pretty bad, at least the last time I tried it. I’ll revisit them at some point but am in no hurry. Anyway, I show you how the vast majority of properly constructed cigars should be.

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  • USA2ndAmendment

    Awesome video Bryan, very informative. I love seeing the entire process of how cigars are made!

  • mbuckwash

    Awesome, thank you for posting this! I think it’s really cool that you got an opportunity to roll and create your own cigars! Can you please tell where you did this and what was the approximate cost? Is this fun event something everyone can do, or was it a unique opportunity that you had?

    • It was not a public tour. I just added the link above

      • mbuckwash

        Thanks, Bryan!

  • rockjock

    Pretty informative. Would be nice if you linked the other video in the notes.

  • The TiGAR

    My engineering friend asked how cigars are constructed over the weekend and I WISH I had this top to bottom explanation under my belt. Thanks Bryan!

  • ctigers15

    Pretty cool, where is the other video you were talking about.

  • yosef5

    Very interesting
    Thank you

  • TimB

    Very informative Bryan I did not know you were a Torcedor .It is an art form to be able to do that.

    • Craig

      Apparently he is a Torcedor. But not a blender! lol

  • NeverTwoOld

    Love the informational vids, thank you. Out of curiosity, what flavors were you shooting for in your blend?

  • Cigarassassin

    Just goes to show you how blending and rolling cigars is an art form!

  • Jason Isbaner

    Awesome video, very cool to see, thanks!

  • PsycotikMind

    Bryan, thanks for taking the time to demonstrate that. I learned quite a bit.

  • gtclark

    A shame to see a prized Flor de Glynn destroyed on camera…

  • Gigalo de Vitolas

    Informative vid. I was hoping to see some of those pieces you tear off the top and bottom of the bunch in the core also. Or is it that when you do use those “torn” pieces it now becomes a mixed filler instead of a pure long filler?

    • wcfennell

      The torn pieces don’t make it a mixed filler. If you watch videos of professionals making cigars in the factory you’ll see that this practice is very common and is done in most of the premium cigars out there. As Bryan said it is part of the blending process, and the blenders know exactly where they want those torn pieces to go.

      • Gigalo de Vitolas

        Yes, I’ve seen it in many videos. I was just curious because I have seen people take apart “Cubans” saying they are not authentic because of those “torn” pieces and it should be 100% long filler. Just wanted to know if there was a definative definition.

        • I showed you in the vid, both the torn pieces and shreds. It’s pretty clear what the differences are.

    • As I explained, it’s optional to use them and where. I chose not to use them.

  • mufdvr6976

    nice informative video, pretty interest!ing

  • Pokesfan

    interesting and informative. Thanks for posting this one.

  • jpculp57

    Cool video. I find it interesting how Drew Estate is using mixed filler in the Papas Fritas and selling them at a premium. I have had 4 tins and they all have had very good transitions and flavor. That being said, it’s definitely an art form on the rolling and the blending.

  • puffrey

    That was awesome!
    Very humble of you to say your sticks were crap. Most folks(manufacturers) who blend garbage will still claim its the greatest sticks going and put a fancy band on it as the “consumer hook”.

  • primox1

    After watching one of your cigar reviews that led you to learn more about its anatomy, I did the same with a Gurhka Titan that was giving me some smoking problems. To my dismay, I found plenty of plant buds in with the leaves. Not a fan of Gurkha.

  • JJO

    Thanks for sacrificing your Limited Edition stick to make this informative piece. I’d still like to see a review of it, though. 😉 I had a chance to try a blend from one of the other bloggers on the trip, and it wasn’t too bad, although not really something I would pay for, lol.

    • smokethis

      Master Blenders go thru a ton of trial and error till they find a blend they like. They also have access to alot of different premium tobaccos to work with. Great video.

  • AngSolo

    I love vids like these. Knowing every aspect makes you appreciate a fine cigar even more !

  • dbfr181

    Awesome review thanks for the breakdown !

  • Tommz81

    Great post. Gives everyone a overview of the cigar making process.

  • Shovel

    let us know if u choose to taste another since they’ve had time to age. curious to see if taste has changed much

  • eric.hanson

    Thanks for doing this for us Bryan, all the information you give us is gold.

  • Chris

    Wow, that was quick!

    Thanks for doing this, and in such short notice.

  • sdh3237

    Great video! I enjoyed seeing a cigar deconstructed and hearing how they are made.

  • Dirk


    This is exactly why I check your site out daily.. what a great video.. thanks again..

  • jwhann

    Found this to be very informative, and kudos to you, being able to say you’ve blended your own cigar is pretty neat. Thanks again!

  • Boucher207

    Good video Bryan, I gotta say, id love to sample one of those cigars, it cant be that bad haha

  • That was great and so insightful, thanks Bryan! Any chance one of your cigars could be added in a future contest sampler?

  • MorganGeo

    I learned something new as to why there are different flavors throughout each third of the cigar. Great video. I love learning from you.

  • swj045

    liked the video,I have taken one apart sometime ago just to see how they were put together.I think I can undo better than I could put one together.

  • rgmenke

    It’s hard to gain a true appreciation for the art of blending and rolling, until you see it done.

  • garlar10

    Cool video. Really gives you an appreciation of the effort that goes into well constructed cigar.

  • I honestly rarely run into bad construction. Had a clogged up La Palina once but my tobacconist took care of it.

  • thehokie

    Awesome video Bryan. I’m fairly new to cigar smoking and found this video very informative. I love watching the reviews and agree with the commenters who want to see one of these reviewed!

    • JJO

      How about a poll to see how many of us would want to see Bryan review his own blend? 😉 Who knows, it could have come around to being pretty decent by now.

  • vscarpine

    pretty cool to see how it all comes together

  • weimerad

    Very interesting video thanks for sharing

  • MaxDuo

    This is one of the reasons I love your site/youtube, Bryan. You not only give unbiased reviews on the flavors of the cigars… but you’ll randomly have nice rants, informative segments, and then stuff like this which is nothing but information. Definitely makes you one of the best guys to follow.

    Also for whatever reason, your voice is really awesome for just listening to. And/or it just records really well.

    Thanks for the awesome vid!

  • James L

    Thanks keep them coming!!!!

    Thanks James

  • bond007

    Really interesting video, Thanks!

  • stevenknisley

    This is a very interesting video.

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