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The Tobacconist Handbook: An Essential Guide to Cigars & Pipes

The Tobacconist Handbook: An Essential Guide to Cigars & Pipes

by Jorge Armenteros


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Learn the ins and outs of luxury tobacco use, from cigars, pipes, and more!
As we live in the “golden age of cigar making,” there is more to know and appreciate than ever before.
Great cigars and pipe tobaccos take years to grow, nurture, age, blend, and construct, yet their destiny is to return to dust; it is an extraordinary transformational and artistic journey that yields priceless moments and memories for the aficionado. But where do things begin? Where to start?
From Jorge Armenteros, founder of Tobacconist University®, you will learn everything you want and need to know about cigars and pipes. From seed to cigar, Armenteros will teach not only the history of tobacco, but what the future holds.
The Tobacconist Handbook exists as a resource for lovers of luxury tobacco to enhance our knowledge, appreciation, and quality of life.
Included in this handbook are numerous important lessons, including:
  • Learning the different types of tobacco
  • Which cigar best suits you
  • How to taste luxury tobacco
  • Making the perfect cut
  • Setting up a humidor
  • And much more

Great cigars and pipes help us ruminate, decompress, gather our thoughts and emotions, revitalize ourselves, and savor our time. Furthermore, through education you will learn that luxury tobacco products are used by choice and not out of habit. They are products created by great craftsmen and women who honor thousands of years of traditions and history.
Whether you’re a seasoned smoker or someone looking to learn more about the history and becoming a cigar aficionado, The Tobacconist Handbook is the perfect place to start.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510752122
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 11/10/2020
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 1,175,506
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jorge Armenteros, originally from Miami and born to Cuban American parents, opened his first retail tobacconist shop (A Little Taste of Cuba) in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1995. Feeling the need to further educate his customers and employees, he founded Tobacconist University in 1996, which became the official education curriculum for the premium tobacco industry in the United States in 2006. Armenteros continues to strive for preserving the luxury of the tobacco industry for generations to come, helping certify thousands of professionals and consumers around the world. He currently resides in Princeton, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Foreword J. Glynn Loope xi

The Twenty-First Century Tobacconist and Public Policy: The Necessary Evil xv

Foreword from 2009 Edition Jorge Padrón xxi

Introduction xxiv

Education 1

Certification 3

History-Timeline 6

Nicotiana Tabacum 16

Cigar Tobacco 19

Cigar Varietals 19

Criollo 22

Corojo 23

Processing: Art & Science 24

Air-Curing 24

Fermentation 25

Maduro 27

Añejamiento 28

Cigar Growing Regions 29

Africa 30

Asia 31

Caribbean 32

Central America 34

North America 37

South America 39

Seed to Cigar 42

Cigar Anatomy 62

Vitolas 68

Pipes & Tobaccos 71

Pipes 71

Pipes-Architecture 72

Briar 74

Calumet 77

Clay 78

Corncob 78

Hookah 79

Meerschaum 81

Tobaccos 82

Varietal Families 83

Special Types 85

Blending 86

Special Cuts 89

How To 90

Matches & Spills 90

Lighter Maintenance 92

Liquid Fuel 92

Butane 93

Cigar Cutting 98

The Perfect Cut 98

Cigar Lighting 100

The Perfect Light 100

Uneven Burn 101

Canoeing 102

Inward Burn 103

Re-Lighting 104

Tight Draw 105

Smoking Too Hot 106

Cigar Preservation 107

Long-Term Aging 107

Tobacco Beetle 108

Mold 111

Plume 112

Humidifiers 113

Hygrometers 116

Calibration 117

Humidor Setup and Seasoning 119

Spanish Cedar 121

Pipe Packing 122

Humidor Etiquette 124

Cigar Myths 131

Tasting School 138

The Human Senses 139

Smell, Memory, & Emotions 147

TobaccAromatherapy 150

pH Balance & You 150

Nicotine 152

Tobacco vs. Cigarettes 153

Tasting Methodology 154

Cigar Pairing 159

Certified Cigar Reviews 163

Afterword 169

Glossary 170

Resources 225

Acknowledgments 231

Customer Reviews