Ken Gargett Posted March 24, 2010 Share Posted March 24, 2010 rob and i did a couple of vids yesterday with interesting results but we got sidetracked on an issue and i am hoping smithy might edit it out to make a third video (should be easy, smithers). I would had the audio been turned on, Smithy it relates to improving the overall quality of cigars, or at least i think it does. as most will know, the basics of making cigars involve the blender providing the material to the rollers who then roll the cigars they are told (though they won't know exactly what they'll become - hence, they will be told, as an example, to roll robustos but will not know that they'll end up as cohiba robustos). then all of the cigars rolled as robustos (other rollers will be doing other cigars) are collected and sorted according to the colour/shading of the wrapper. it is actually quite fascinating to watch as they'll be split into about 40 or so different groups, according to minor shading differences. all good so far. the cigars will then be boxed so that the wrappers are almost an identical shade. looks terrific when you open a box and see all those soldiers lined up, identical. it does mean that a box could theoretically have cigars from 25 different rollers in it. with the LE's and RR's and very top, or hard to roll cigars like salomones, there are fewer rollers that are considered qualified to roll those so each box is more likely to have had fewer rollers with an input. now, my problem is that having a number of different rollers contributing to each box leads to inconsistencies (if you really want to see how severe these inconsistencies can become, limit your smoking to say two or three boxes for a few weeks - as in just pick say three different smokes and take them from the same boxes, you'll very quickly realise how widely the quality varies in an individual box - much less apparent if you return to a box only a few times a year). i would very much rather that the same roller made all the cigars in a box (and that the roller was acknoweledged on the box, either by name or code). it would mean that the cigars would not have that attractive identical appearance when they were opened but it would mean consistency of quality. i believe that this would also lead to serious cigar smokers, such as members of forums like this (for those picking up a box duty free on their hols, this is largely irrelevant), identifying quality rollers, whether by name or by a code. those rollers could then be rewarded appropriately in havana while those not up to scratch could receive further training. i really believe that not only would this lead to consistency of quality in boxes (granted by sacrificing consistency of colour). it would also lead to an overall improvement of quality in the long run. i accept it would take some structural changes and would not be easy to implement but i believe it is worth doing. wondering if any thoughts on this. do members prefer to have that consistency of colour and forsake consistency of quality? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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