Before I started rolling my own, I completely agreed with you. However, my experience since rolling doesn't agree.If this belief is accepted then the logical approach to changing the flavor and character of a cigar is by way of the filler not the wrapper. The wrapper does have an effect but it's a small tweak. However the wrapper can have a much larger impact by tricking the mind into believing that since the cigar 'looks' so incredible it therefore must be so. IMHO.
Less thickness and more stretch/pliability/tensile strength and small veins. Color I'm not so concerned about as I am leaf quality. Few holes, tears, or other obvious mistreatment. Smooth would be nice as well. I'm happy to trade away color, shinny, and even some flavor if it just looks like quality (professional?) grade wrapper.Nic, what is your criteria for a "consistent quality wrapper" ? Color? Thickness? small veins?
My top picks...(maybe you tried them already?)Less thickness and more stretch/pliability/tensile strength and small veins. Color I'm not so concerned about as I am leaf quality. Few holes, tears, or other obvious mistreatment. Smooth would be nice as well. I'm happy to trade away color, shinny, and even some flavor if it just looks like quality (professional?) grade wrapper.
Well, me, of course. Tho chances are good I typed radius then spill chocking changed that to diameter. Yesterday I typed "die" and spall chucking changed it to "for". Spool Czech socks.Who? You? Or me? 23 is the radius of a 46rg bunch...
Looking at it from another angle... what actually goes in the cigar.Let's bring out our old friend Archimedes for this one...
Using the rg (1/64th") as our unit ---
Say we start with a 50 robusto
Let's assume the wrapper is 1
Let's assume it overlaps once -- so that's 2
The wrapper goes all around, so that the stogie inside it is 46
46 / 2 = 23 diameter
Squared that's 529
Times pi that's 1661
So that's the cross section of our unwrapped cigar
Let's look at the whole cigar:
50 / 2 = 25
25 squared = 625
Times pi = 1962
That's the cross section of a wrapped cigar
1661 / 1962 = 84% & change
So that pretty wrapper comprises over 15% of the cigar by volume. Don't you trust Archie? That's not psychology; that's math. That's not an impression; that's a computation. Then figure that 15% by volume is also the part that's on your tongue and right under your nose, hence most accessible to your taste buds... hey, I don't see how the wrapper is NOT the most important single half leaf of the whole deal. Just warming it with a cherry makes that wrapper emit aroma straight in your face.
Of course, this math effect is greater for a thinner gar. For a 46rg, for instance, you're looking at 17%.
The wrapper appearance is important. Of course it is. But the proportion of wrapper to filler in a gar is far from bunk. Sure, it could be a thick PA broad or a thin Mata Fina, thus varying your proportion. So is a typical wrapper leaf one ring thick? Our copy paper here comes in compacted reams, perfectly flat, each ream two inches thick. That's 250 flattened sheets per inch, or four to the ring. Feel four sheets. Feels like a wrapper leaf to me. Stack up an inch of wrapper. You think you'd have more than 64 leaves? Stack up 25 wrappers --- wouldn't that stack reach the center of your robusto? Nor does wrapper come entirely compacted, perfectly flat, nor free of veins. If anything, I would guess your typical wrapper would be more than a ring per gauge. But I haven't miked one. Don't own a mike, & you'd be hard pressed no to squeeze the measured part.
I think that just about wraps it up
I follow you there. I was thinking right along those lines on the ride home. Let's grant your ratio of twelve to one, without quibbling. Twelve to one is about eight and a half percent -- and that twelfth is right under your nose, right on your tongue, exuding aroma before it even burns. You don't get that from what's beneath it.Looking at it from another angle... what actually goes in the cigar.
In a 50 ring I'd use approx. 2 to 2 1/2 full leaves AND wrap them in a binder using a full leaf. That's 3 to 3 1/2 full leaves of filler. The finished wrapper used, after trimming, would measure probably half of the half a leaf or 1/4 of a leaf. So there's 12/4's of filler to 1/4 of wrapper. I think even Archimedes might agree with that twelve to one ratio.