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Candela cigars is a different kind of cigar in the cigar shop. It is a green cigar, but it has a long and gone history. Due to the difference in color from common cigars, not everyone likes this green cigar.
1. They were once the permanent force of cigar humidors
For many years, green cigars have been the most popular type of cigar in the United States. They are very popular in the United States and are known as American market selected cigars (British market selected cigars are natural wrappers, the kind we see on most cigars today). From the beginning of 1980s , shaded cigars in Connecticut have replaced Candela , and green cigars began to disappear from popularity, especially in handmade cigars.
2. Make a comeback
Although this cigar is still somewhat rare, there are more handmade Candela cigars sold today than 10 or 20 years ago, when almost all Candela cigars were made by machines. Nowadays, well-known high-end cigar brands such as Illusione, La Flor Dominicana and Arturo Fuente have Candela versions.
3. Kennedy also smoked this kind of cigar
Although it is difficult to distinguish by photos alone, because most John F. Kennedy's smoking photos are black and white; But there is no doubt that the 35th president have smoked green cigars. We know this because in previous auctions, the cigars in many of Kennedy's personal belongings were obviously Candela cigars, especially some double claroSuerdiecks and some green Partagas Serie Mini brought from Havana.
(Camacho released the Candela cigar in 2007, and the cigar did not reappear until St. Patrick's Day in 2018)
4. Candela is suitable for planting almost everywhere
Candela tobacco is the result of a planting process, not a tobacco variety, so it can be made from different varieties of tobacco in many countries. Connecticut, Cuba, Ecuador, Florida, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua are all suitable for cultivation. Tobacco grown in the shade is the first choice, or tobacco grown in cloudy areas (such as Ecuador) can filter sunlight.
5. Keeping green is not easy
Every piece of tobacco leaves is green in the field. The common brown color you see on a typical cigar is formed after harvesting and baking, the green tobacco is hung in the baking barn, waiting for 30 to 45 days around to dry slowly, and then turns from green to brown. When a farmer is making Candela tobacco, he must speed up the curing process to lock in the green color. The barn is sealed, and the temperature will go from 90 degrees Fahrenheit to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and then as high as 165 degrees Fahrenheit. This will lock the leaf green, keep the leaves green, and also make the leaves crispy like potato chips. Carefully replenish water to soften the leaves again and prepare to pack them into bundles. Candela needs to be ready in about three days, not a month or longer.
6. Born at high temperature, but not without low temperature
Candela tobacco needs the temperature of death valley to create, but once it is manufactured, it needs to be stored at a low temperature, so it must be placed in the refrigerator.
7. Farmers love Candela tobacco
Compared with traditional tobacco, the curing process of Candela tobacco is much faster. Due to the fast heat curing process, the speed from warehouse to customer is fast, and the payment is also fast.
8. Candela has other names
There are several terms used to refer to green cigars. Candela is the most commonly used, but they are also called Double Claro cigars. In the past, they were called American market selection.
9. Candela tends to be milder
Most Candela cigars are mild. They often have the smell of herbs, grass, cream and even mint. In the taste test of "Cigar Aficionado", the grade score of Candela is usually more than 80 points.
10. Candela made the cigar legend sick
Ernesto Perez-Carrillo is one of the most respected people in the cigar world. When he was an 18-year-old young man, he lit his first Candela cigar before starting long-distance driving. "I got into my Mustang and ordered a candela... I really want to smell the tobacco," he said. He smoked a cigar, and he fell ill about an hour later. "This is not a cigarette I often smoke," he said with a smile.