Smoking a Story
Cigar is a firmly rolled mint of fermented dried tobacco, the outer covering is usually composed of dried tobacco leaves, the color and texture of the covering usually has distinct flavour and also symbolizes quality. Smoking of cigar has been from time memorial been associated with commemoration and celebration (Pere, 1992). In historic times Mayan Indians are believed by literary materials to have been the first to smoke cigar they called it Sikar and later sigar by the Spaniards. The districts nature that depicts this scenario is how cigars are named, each name have specific historical meaning and is attributed to some periodic occurrence or are named after historical influential persons, this includes brands like Romeo Y Julieta, Sancho Panza, Churchill Winston and Ulysses S. Grant a former U.S president and many more other influential people.
Naming of Cigars
Modern cigars are named after famous political figures and poetic mediums in romantic stories like Romeo and Juliet; usually smoking of such cigar is considered to be a state of prestige and usually is done after an achievement. This constitutes the tradition of smoking cigar, thus most of the cigars are named after different influential people memorable for certain occasions. The story behind most of the brand is what sells them, as each is deemed to have been associated with someone of great influence so when smoked there is always a realization on the occasion that that particular key person smoked their cigar, this realization is usually visualized and patent with the occasion being performed (Min, 2003).
In the whole world Cuba cigars are renowned for being of the highest quality and the most expensive with exquisite names, kings and queens from the west have been associated with smoking and naming of cigars and their regency is transferred to the naming of some of the cigars like King Edward II whose names is used by cigar manufacturing companies. According to Lee (2004) U.S president Ulysses S. Grant and Psychoanalysis pioneer Sigmund Freud both smoked over ten cigars in a day and eventually they both died of cancer. Winston Churchill was also another marshal that enjoyed cigar and left a legend with expensive brand of cigar being named after him so does both Grant and Freud. Fidel Castro Cuban revolutionary president also enjoyed the smoke and also has a record of brands under his name like the Cohibar which Castro and his official only were produced for more than twenty (Byrd, 1992), this association with revolutionaries has been the dynamic story behind the cigars that harbour their names, when smoked there is usually a tale or two about who smoked and on when occasion.
Some of the most exquisite and famous cigars that are named after characters that have a theme and are mostly discussed are from Cuba and the U.S, this include; Bolivar Cigars are named after a famous hero who helped set South America from the colonial rule of the Spaniards called Simon Bolivar and nicknamed “El Liberator.” Montecristo Cigar are renamed from an inspiration of the novel “The Count of Monte Cristo” authored by Alexandre Dumas Pere, the factor that manufactures this brand Hunters & Frankau Co is the only one that imports Cuban cigars in Europe. Sancho Panza Cigars are Cuban manufactured and depicts the character Don Quijotes from the literary novel by Miguel Cervantes. Romeo y Julieta cigars are cigars that were manufactured within the Shakespeare era and after much of the achievement that the plays publicized, they are famous among many wedding parties. Punch cigars are exception and they commemorate the revolution era in both Cuba and England. Partagas cigars named after the owner Don Jaime Partagas and are the earliest known Cuban cigars (Pere et Fils, 1992).
Cigar smoking although harmful and causes cancer has been from earlier days been associated with ambition or success of an ambition. Usually in the late 1820s smoking of cigar was considered a manly rite, this is where men would gather smoke cigar while addressing contentious issues. Naming of the cigar is one exciting scholarly element as the names depicts some memorable event as the custom accosted by cigar smoking.