A Lesson In Sorting & Quality Control: The Rocky Patel Trip

While on the Rocky Patel trip in Honduras, Nimish and Gustavo explained the importance of sorting and the details that are looked into to maintain quality control.

Once the tobacco leaves arrive and go through fermentation, the leaves are sorted by texture, color, and size. The texture of the tobacco changes between seco, viso, and ligero which assists in keeping the tobacco sorted properly.

I’ll be posting pictures in just a moment for a more in depth look, be sure to check back in.


  1. Jenny Leigh
    Nov 12, 2009 @ 18:54:58


  2. Adam
    Nov 12, 2009 @ 20:53:56

    What an awesome experience. It really makes you appreciate the sweat and dedication put into making quality cigars. Hope you’re having a blast down there Teresa.


  3. Tom Ufer
    Nov 13, 2009 @ 00:26:34

    Thank you for sharing your tour footage. It is amazing to see what goes into creating a fine cigar.

  4. teresa
    Nov 13, 2009 @ 16:30:09

    Absolutely- I think this is something everyone must experience, at the very least through video to see all the work and detail that is involved. I know my appreciation for cigars has grown, and continues to each time I revisit such moments.

    During the trip we were able to create our own blends- smelling various tobacco leaves to see what we would want as our wrapper, binder, and three fillers. Watching them roll the cigar from the tobacco we had only seconds ago selected was also an incredible experience.

    I’ll be posting more videos soon 🙂

  5. teresa
    Nov 14, 2009 @ 01:12:45

    Jenny- YES! I need that on my phone… ha ha, love it! ;D

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