Cigar 101 : Long Filler vs Short Filler
The Difference between the two types of Tobacco filler can be summed up in just this:
Whole vs Chopped
Long-filler, known as tripa in Spanish, consists of whole tobacco leaves that run the length of a cigar. This is the stuff that the vast majority of premium, handmade cigars use. This takes skill and understanding on how to build a cigar by hand to successfully create.
Short-filler, known as picadura, or chop, is the main tobacco type used in machine-made cigars. This tobacco is sometimes called “scraps” of tobacco leaf that tend to burn quicker and hotter than its long filler counterpart.
Due to the nature of short filler, it’s far less expensive and far easier to create a cigar using this method. This is the primary reason this is used for nearly all Machine made cigars.
Cigars made with long filler have a distinct taste and are typically far more desirable. Though some machine made cigars are of decent quality in their own right, nothing beats a masterpiece premium long filler cigar that is hand made. Traditionally these are how cigars have been made over hundreds, if not thousands of years (in fact, if you want to read more about the history of cigars, feel free to click here).
These cigars are time honored, whereas machine made cigars started in earnest in the 1800’s.
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