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COHIBA

The fabled
brand of Cuba,
was created in
1968 for the
express use of
the privileged
few, the very
few.  

Fidel Castro and
the diplomats
and heads of
state who
visited him.

Although now
widely available,
the legends
surrounding the
brand, its
exclusivity, and
high price still
supports its
position as the
premier cigar in
the world.

Its reputation is
well deserved.  
Only the finest
tobacco leaves
from the most
select Cuban
vegas ( farms )
are used in
Cohibas.

The tobacco
under goes an
extra, flavor
enhancing
period of
fermentation.

The cigars are
rolled only by
the most
masterful and
experienced
rollers.

And a relatively
small number of
these cigars are
produced,
making them all
the more
sought after.

The Linea 1492
series was
issued in 1992
to
commemorate
the five
hundredth
anniversary of
Columbas,
discovery of
cigars.

Aficionados
might consider
his discovery of
North America
as
inconsequential
by comparison.

Connoisseurs
the world over
recognize each
other when they
hold the
distinctive
orange, white,
and black
Cohiba label in
hand.







DON'S CIGARS






See our new
cigar humidors

Stop in and see
all of our new
cigar brands.


Cigar Store
Phoenix is
introducing a
new cigar, its
call Dons Cigar.


Don wanted to
produce a cigar
for all of his
customers, so
far no one has
seen the cigar.


However Don is
saying it's going
to be big, the
size color and
flavor will
complete with
the higher
quality cigars
that you would
pay $15.00 each.


The cigars are
do out sometime
in March 2007


As soon as they
arrive we will be
publishing some
photos and
information
about the new
cigars.







Don't forget to
check back with
our website,
every month this
year we will be
hosting new
cigar events.


Free prizes and
great cigar deals
are happening
during this time.
CIGAR PHOENIX
How To Grow Organic Cigar Tobacco

I've been working in or around tobacco since I was a kid. I worked the fields of the
tobacco belt as a 12 year old, and in the years since have had an infatuation with the
many different strains of tobacco which are available to the home gardener. The
beautiful plants produce a medley of varying blossoms with different colors, shapes and
sizes, and is quite an attractive, enjoyable plant to grow.

Unlike the tobacco grown when I was a kid, the varieties that I have focused my attention
on are more exotic and require specialized treatment to ensure a "bumper crop".
Connoisseur tobacco is grown in much smaller quantities than the 300 acre fields I was
accustomed to cultivating and tending as a child. This is because each plant requires
more TLC from the grower, and one BIG part of treating, cultivating and caring for these
wonderful giant plants, is to leave the chemical sprayer in the barn. I'll skip the organic
lecture, it's pretty self explanatory. While I realize that smoking anything habitually will
eventually cause health problems, it should go without saying that the tobacco produced
using only natural additives is considered the lesser of 2 evils. If you think it would harm
a person to have prolonged physical exposure to a certain chemical, why in the world
would you spray that same chemical on the vegetation that you're going to consume on a
daily basis? Organically cultivated crops may cost more, and involve more work, but the
reward is quite satisfying.

When to get started is a timing issue that has everything to do with where you are
planning to grow your crop. Tobacco can never be touched by frost, so germinate your
seedlings according to your regions climate. Seeds can be bought very inexpensively
online. A quick google of 'tobacco seeds' will produce plenty of stores that would love to
sell you their seeds. To produce cigar quality tobacco, you'll need at least 2 different
varieties of tobacco. I suggest HAVANA 503B for your natural wrappers, and SMALL
STALK BLACK MAMMOTH for your maduro wrapped cigars. The wrapper type tobacco
produces a thinner, less veiny leaf and should be reserved for outer cigar wrappers
only. For the filler, the basic choice is VIRGINIA GOLD but as a grower you can produce
different varieties and create your very own blend. And remember, you will need much
more filler tobacco than wrapper, so plant your seedlings accordingly. AND ALWAYS
KEEP YOUR DIFFERENT PLANT TYPES MARKED FOR IDENTIFICATION! Keep these ID signs
with their respective plants throughout the growing and curing process or you'll not
have a clue as to which tobacco is which, especially after curing.

It takes anywhere from 6-12 weeks for seedlings to mature into plants large enough to
be transplanted into their permanent spot in the garden. This figure averages out to
around 9 weeks, just a touch over 2 months. Here in the southeastern united states, the
climate dictates that you should germinate and begin planting your seeds indoors in late
February, early March. If you have a late spring and frost is still threatening you may
have to keep the plants indoors longer. I start all seedlings indoors, in individual cups,
with a mild soil blend that is kept moist and warm. Some people sterilize the soil prior to
planting seeds either by burning, steaming or chemical applications. This soil
sterilization process helps prevent disease, weeds and even insects and is
recommended for organic projects. Prevention is always easier that cure. Take this
important first step and use only sterilized soil to start your seedlings.

In the meantime, while it's still bitter cold outside, you can be preparing the spot where
you plan to transplant your tobacco seedlings. The soil should be cultivated to remove
old root systems. Apply generous amounts of compost and manure and work it deeply
into the existing soil. An unpleasant chore, but one that is absolutely necessary if you
want your tobacco to thrive and produce large healthy leaves suitable for working into
cigars.

Once the seedlings are around 8 inches tall, they will be ready for transplanting. Growing
the hearty tobacco plant really isn't very difficult. There are topping and suckering
stages during the second half of the plants life which are necessary to ensure that the
nutrients are delivered to where it counts, the main leaves, and not wasted on useless
parts of the plant. Do not use sucker suppressing chemicals! Sucker your plants by hand.
The two main types of sucker control chemicals are contact and systemic chemicals.
Contact chemicals work by burning young suckers that are newly formed. Systemic
chemicals inhibit cell division and can either work locally or throughout the entire plant.
Maleic hydrazide is the most common systemic chemical used for sucker control. Avoid
these chemicals like the plague because they are certainly not naturally occurring
compounds. One drop of either of these harsh chemicals, anywhere near your plants,
and your efforts to produce an organic crop will have been in vain. Spend the time and
do it right, and just break the little suckers off as they shoot out of the limb/stalk
intersection. Once the top has reached 12 inches break or cut it off and discard it. Keep
your plants watered but don't over do it. Tobacco is a moisture sensitive crop, and can
easily drown. Make sure your plants have sufficient drainage at all times. Standing water
around your plants for very long is almost always fatal. Go to your crop after a hard rain
to check that the water is running off. If it isn't draining away you'll need to cut small
trenches to direct the water away.

Harvesting the tobacco should be done by hand. Never try to speed up the ripening
process with pre-harvest chemicals which cause yellowing of the leaves so more can be
harvested at one time. Plants indicate their ripeness by beginning to yellow, a signal that
chlorophyll is beginning to break down. Each leaf should be carefully inspected before it
is removed from the stalk to ensure that it is ready for harvest. If it is collected too soon,
the curing process will be flawed. The leaves will ripen in stages, from the bottom up.
Usually 3-4 passes are required to allow each stage of leaves to fully ripen. This process
of collection is referred to as "priming", and is used the majority of the time. Burly
tobacco plants are stripped all at once, referred to as "stalk-cut", and left in the field for
2-3 days to wilt before being sent to the curing facility.

Curing the tobacco is an entirely different subject. There is plenty of information readily
available online, just do a quick search for "Curing Tobacco".
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