The Candela: The interesting oddity of the cigar world. Most novice cigar smokers haven’t heard of them and even some seasoned enthusiasts shun them for the simple fear of what is new and different. But some sixty years ago they were all the rage in America. The green cigar was so popular in this country that the cigars became known as American Market Selection; however, today they’re rather few-and-far-between, but not without their followers. Since St. Patrick’s day will soon be upon us, a day of all things green, perhaps it’s time to examine this once juggernaut of the cigar industry, in the hopes of changing a few minds or at least giving the courage to you to try something new. Or if you’re like me, a card-carrying candela enthusiast, it’s time to fire up an old favorite.
Like most traditions in the cigar world this one has its roots in Cuba and like most other bold ideas, the candela is thought to have been an accident. It all started way back in the forties, in and around the growing region in Cuba known as Partido, where local farmers were dealing with extra humid conditions while trying to sure their tobacco. Someone got the idea to use forced air heat to dry out the inside of the...Read More