There’s a lot that goes into a great cigar, but homogenized tobacco shouldn’t be one of those things. One of the main points that sets Avanti apart from the competition is that we offer only all natural cigars. Many other cigar makers use something in their cigars known by the industry as homogenized tobacco, also called scrap tobacco. (Not exactly a very palatable name.)
But what exactly is homogenized tobacco, you may ask? Simply put, it isn’t pure, natural tobacco. Homogenized tobacco is made by taking scrap tobacco and mixing it with a cellulose adhesive which is then pressed into a sheet and turned into wrappers. Before the 1950’s, the scraps were parts of the tobacco, including the stems, that would normally be tossed in the trash. In order to make these parts usable, scientists came up with the means to make homogenized tobacco. This allowed them to utilize the lesser quality cigar materials in mass quantities. Many machine made cigars are created using homogenized tobacco components instead of natural tobacco.
Does Avanti Use Homogenized Tobacco?
Avanti never uses homogenized tobacco when making their all natural cigars. So how do you know if a cigar is all-tobacco? One way is to look at the package. If it says, “non-tobacco ingredients added,” it’s definitely not all-tobacco. You can also take a close look at the cigar itself. If there are no visible veins and the wrapper is unnaturally smooth, chances are the cigar is not all natural. Of course, even if the wrapper is natural, the binder might still be made from homogenized tobacco.
Why Are All Natural Cigars More Desirable?
Simple. They don’t contain scrap tobacco. At Avanti we pride ourselves in creating only all natural cigars made with American hand-picked tobacco. And most importantly, we do not sacrifice quality by using homogenized tobacco. All of our cigars are all American. And all tobacco.