About Our Cigars
Long before the Surgeon General issued his warning, the use of tobacco has been discussed in Torah literature. Be it the permissibility of smoking on Jewish holidays to its use in general, thispleasurehas seen much play in sacred rabbinical literature. One issue widely discussed is the use of tobacco during Passover when great care must go into the production of even the most mundane of products.
The MagenAvrohomOrachChaim (46:10) prohibited using tobacco during Pesach because it was soaked in beer, and this view is accepted by the MaharamShick (OrachChaim 242), who suggested that the beer additive regains its leaven grain status even when it is smoked. However, the MishnehBerurah (the modern guide to Jewish law)writes that since manufacturing processes can change over time, they should be investigated and confirmed. Gregory Aizenman has researched and investigated the manufacturing process, and affirmed its compliance with rabbinical authorities."While there have been arbitersthat maintain we need not be concerned about additives in tobacco;however now, since cigars are not regulated as to additional ingredients,most cigar manufacturers have routinely experimented with various additives to improve taste and color. That is not the case with the way Senor Solomon cigars are made," Aizenman added.
The Senor Solomon Kosher cigars must meet higher standards than regular cigars in order to have the kosher certification.The rabbi supervises the production from leaf through pilon (fermentation). The box is sealed and shipped; it is supervised through all steps of manufacturing to make sure there is no contamination. The end product is 100 per cent tobacco with no additives, only the naturally occurringaromas and flavors of the pure tobacco leaf.The differences between regular cigars and these kosher cigars include:
• The tobacco leaves must be grown and stored according to kosher law.
• The glue used must be from tree sap, not a flour (which is a grain) and water composition.
• Rollers of kosher cigars are not allowed to bring any food or beverage to the worktable, and the entire work area is inspected for compilation with kosher rules.
In addition, some standard practices, that most cigars allow, are not allowed such as:
• The outer leaves cannot be cooked in other substances to give it color, smell and texture. Some cigars are cooked in coffee or alcohol (which is a grain product), which is not kosher.
• To enhance flavor oils are often used in other cigars some of which are animal by-products (which are not kosher), to enhance consistency, flavor, color of the ash and the evenness of the burn.
• Fillers and binders, such as wheat and rye grass to enhance the flavor, are often used in cigars, which these kosher cigars do not use.
• In the rolling process, rollers of non-kosher cigars may use sprays which may contain alcohol or other non-kosher ingredients.
Senor Solomon cigars are available in two tastes:
• FULL BODIED. Their distinguished stout taste is described as full-bodied and intensely flavorful with well-balanced floral flavors and a leather undertone. There are hints of spices and nuts. It ends with whispers of coffee and chocolate.
• MEDIUM TO FULL BODIED. The deep complex taste is smooth, rich and exhilarating with creamy baking spices, eggnog notes and cedar woody undertones. The finish is crisp, relaxing and never overpowering.
Another uniqueness of the Senor Solomon kosher cigar is that the proceeds will benefit a Jewish school for special children with emotional and learning disabilities.
The cigars themselves are quite special and flavorful. Senor Solomon Natural wrapper cigar is a smooth, medium-to-full-bodied cigar with rich and exhilarating taste. Meticulously handcrafted by skilled master rollers, every Senor Solomon Natural cigar is silky and superbly constructed. Each tobacco leaf is hand selected, cured and aged through an extensive fermentation and aging process. After three years and five curing fermentations, the leaves evolve into this perfect medium-to-full bodied cigar. Featuring a Cuban-style head and Cuban-seed tobacco, they are wrapped in an aged natural shade-grown leaf. As beautiful as these cigars are, their taste overshadows all. The deep complex taste is smooth, rich and exhilarating with creamy baking spices, eggnog notes and woody undertones. The finish is crisp, relaxing and never overpowering. They are available in a 50 to 64 ring gauge, and lengths from 6, 7, and 6.5 Torpedo. They are packaged in a 10- or 20-cigar cedar wood box. Senor Solomon HabanoMadurocigars are skillfully hand-made by rollers with years of experience. The long filler is a sun-grown Cuban-seed Habano tobacco that is surrounded by a binder of superior quality Habano 2000. As those Cuban cigars of the past, each of the tobacco leaves is hand-picked and selected on its ability to improve the taste. After three years, five curing fermentations and aging, the leaves evolve into a wonderful cigar at the hands of highly trained artisans.It is magnificently draped in a dark and flawless Habano wrapper from Brazil. These cigars are finished with a long curly head cap and a classical tail typical of a cigar that was made in Cuba. The cigar has large ring sizes of 52 to 64 and is 6" and 7" long. Exceptionally finished, they are silky and impeccably pressed, and are finished the way Cuban cigars were in the good old days. Smoking one is an experience all by itself. It has a draw that is firm and smooth. It burns evenly, leaving a white ash that is long and clean.
These cigars bring to mind the times when Cuban cigars were the best in the world. This is what smoking cigars is all about!