The Cigar Companion is the perfect study-side guide to unlocking the delicate intricacies and delicious undertones of handmade cigars—including the history of cigars, a buyer's guide, and profiles of 70 current top brands of quality cigars complemented by full-color photographs. Much more sophisticated than their slimmer, machine-made counterparts, a good cigar offers a certain levity and celebration. Often compared with fine wine, the way that good cigar products are made and the quality of the ingredients is reflected in the flavor of the final product. The rich history of enjoying cigars has seen many changes, yet hand-rolling remains a valued practice among cigar aficionados—there are just some things that machines cannot copy. The time-treasured practice of harvesting, drying, and curing the leaves has a deep traditional background and has shown innovative developments that offer new experiences to cigar smokers. There are many different ways to make cigars and even more ways to discern their quality once it is in the hands of the consumer.