Much less known than cylindrical cigars, square cigars, also called box-pressed, are the delight of some enthusiasts. Let’s discover these strange cubic cigars.
Did you say a square cigar?
Yes yes ! It would seem that they were born in Cuba at the beginning of the 20th century. Their origin differs according to the sources. Some claim that their shape made it possible to add more vitolas to the boxes and lower the cost of transport. Then freshly rolled, the pressure exerted by being glued to each other in square packaging allowed them to fit the shape of their container. Other sources claim that it was an intuited shape so that the cigars would not roll around in their box during transport or on the table when smoked.
Their popularity rating is much less extensive than that of classic cigars, yet, according to amateurs and experts, their square shape allows the aromas of tobacco to be sublimated. On the other hand, rolled with a specific pressure, the tobacco leaves are well compacted while making it easier to draw. With each puff, the temperature of the smoke has time to cool down, allowing you to better appreciate all the aromas. The combustion is also more regular and slower, which makes the pleasure last! According to a few smokers, square cigars tend to die out less often.
How are box-pressed cigars made?
The rolling procedure for box-pressed cigars is identical to regular cigars. However, it is the packaging method that will give them their particular shape. Indeed, they are stored very tightly in a rectangular or square box. The boxes are stacked on top of each other, then pressed manually with a specific pressure to hold them and seal them without damaging the wrapper.
Attention, there are cigars rolled in square format from the design. The term “box-pressed” encompasses all cubic cigars without distinguishing their manufacturing method.
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