Hi I’m Kayla with cheaphumidors.com and today I’m here with Bivens from Wrapping It Up With Big Biv. We’re here in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida, which is also known as “Cigar City.” In the 1900’s, there were over 200 different manufacturers here who rolled their own cigars. Now there is far less, but there are still some like La Faraona Cigar Lounge that has hand rolled cigars.
So we’re going to go inside and get a quick demonstration on how to roll our own cigars.
I’m here with Odelma Matos, who is the owner of La Faraona Cigars, and she’s going to show us how to roll our own cigars.
Right now, I’m rolling La Faraona cigars. The filler inside is from Nicaragua and Honduras. The wrapper is from Nicaragua. I’ve been doing this for 27 years in Cuba and here in the United States, I’ve been rolling cigars for only 4 years. The filler is a bunch. I put that in the press for about 30 minutes on one side, then 30 minutes on the other side and it’s going to be in the press for an hour.
It needs to be in the press long enough because it has 3 dimensions. In the middle here, it’s 60, here it’s 42, and here is 36. This is the wrapper and the binder. The filler is ligero, seco and the volado right here. It’s a different cigar. To make a cigar like this is very difficult because you have 3 different rings.
I put in the 3 different types of tobacco. The cigar I have made today is a medium body. The wrapper is from Nicaragua and the binder is from Nicaragua and Honduras. You have to go around the head 3 times, and close it right here. This cigar, you don’t need to cut because it’s already cut there. It’s medium and it hits good, meaning it’ll smoke good.
It needs 3 hours, or an hour and a half, it just depends on the press. It’s very good and very easy to smoke. It only needs maybe 1 hour and 20 minutes to smoke. La Faraona cigar mold is from Cuba. La Faraona is very popular within the store. They always come in here to get La Faraona. It’s very very popular for the people who come to the store.
Everyone leaves happy when they smoke this cigar. It’s medium. It’s very good for the morning, mid-day, for drinking, and smoking, very good. With a cigar like this, I’ll have long ash.
*Special thanks to Odelma Matos, the owner of La Farona Cigars in Ybor City for demonstrating hand rolled cigars. Stop by her shop in person to see the magic of cigar rolling before your own eyes.[VIDEO] The Making of Hand Rolled Cigars by Kayla Becker