In our previous article, we featured the making of a totally handmade long filler. Here, we look at two other methods of manufacture.

Totally by hand, short filler technique

The trimmings from the bunches of long-filler cigars are combined with other selected chopped tobaccos to create the blends for short-filler Habanos.

The Torcedor rolls the filler into full-length binder leaves with the aid of a flexible mat fixed to his bench to form a firm bunch. The wrapper is applied by hand in the normal fashion.

Machine-made cigars

Since the 1950’s some cigars have been made in Cuba by machines.

At times, in the past, machine-made cigars were also referred to as Habanos.

But now, the Habanos title is awarded solely to cigars made totally by hand.

Source: Habanos

Earlier articles:

Totally handmade filler

Processing sun-grown leaf for Habano fillers and binders

Shade-grown leaf for Habano wrappers

Harvesting leaf by leaf

Cuba’s elite tobacco farmers

The only true Cuban seed

Nothing lesser than the best leaf for a Habano

Too wet, too dry, infestation issues

Humidors for your Habanos

Storing Habanos

The ritual of cutting, lighting and smoking a Habano

The leaves that clothe the body

Cigar anatomy

Cohiba: Fidel Castro’s all-time favourite cigar

Tobacco paradise

The best cigars come from Cuba

What’s the big deal with Havana cigar