You sir are correct. The last time I did a lot of rolling it was for my friends back in high school. I was pretty good at it. I think I could still roll a nice sized lanceroStop reading and start rolling.
It's in the doing that things get done.
Thanks. I will at some point try growing. I grow plants for a living so I’m pretty good at it. First I need to see if I can get my brain wrapped around properly rolling something that tastes well. Then adjust.We mostly get our leaves from WholeLeafTobacco.com (aka WLT) or LeafOnly.com (aka LO). WLT is worlds way ahead far as customer service. LO may have some wrappers or variety the other doesn't. Plus, they will sell you a quarter-pound.
Growing your own? If you are gonna, gotta get started sprouting seeds next month. See the forum for growers at FairTradeTobacco.com. Me, I wouldn't grow. First off, I have a black thumb; and, second off, what an incredible pile of work! You can either get aged leaves from famous ground like Esteli or Vuelta Abajo, or else you can painstakingly reap what the bugs don't eat up in your back yard, sort it, age it, ferment it... There comes a point!
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Welcome to our little puddle.
Yeah, it's hard. Also kinda hard to explain the pro way, but it doesn't involve scissors. Here's how it's done:Here's my second try on rolling freehand tapered heads with newspaper compression after binding. I'm trying out different options for how to negotiate the taper with the binder leaf, the wrapper and the double cap over the tip. My first four last week were really repulsive looking. These four are merely ugly. Next week I'mshooting for satisfactory. I also need to figure out how to keep the cigar diameter even right to the shoulder and then begin a distinct taper. Up to now I've been trying to create a taper by reducing the amount of filler at the tip when bunching, but that doesn't give me a nice distinct transition from barrel to taper. Next time I'm considering bunching and binding as if for a straight head, and then use a scissors to sculp the 1/2 to 3/4" taper before wrapping and double capping. As always I welcome your advice.
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Thanks. I may have some amazing new recipes to share with you, once I get all my notes and tests sorted out. Meanwhile, on the Corojo front, I've been doing a 3-1 or 2-1 seco-ligero thing with some very excellent binder/wrapper combos. Somehow the viso has fallen out of favor in my Corojo blends lately. I've also found that WTL Corojo is one of those few things that plays very well with the WLT Ec. Maduro.Bunched a couple dolls last night, Blake's corojo bliss style, but I don't have the recommended wrapper...so I'm trying LO Ecuador Viso wrapper. This stuff sure smells good...
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I may mimic your recipes @blisscigarco but I'll never replicate your craftsmanship. You certainly create professional quality cigars.