Tubar vs. Accordion Bunching

I bet you did not know that when cigars are being rolled there are two different ways for the filler tobacco to be bunched into the cigar. These two methods are called tubar and accordion bunching. Tubar bunching is the original style used in Cuba to roll cigars. The process involves rolling each leaf in a tube shape similar to a straw. The tobaccos are then combined, creating a cylinder shape consisting of smaller tubes of tobacco on the inside and larger tubes on the outside, which are then concealed by the binder and then the wrapper. Cigars using this style allows for a cool, slow and even burn in addition to supremely consistent construction and flavor. This method is still used by factories in Cuba today, and My Father Cigars, by Don Pepin Garcia, in Nicaragua used it as well. Since Don Pepin left Cuba he has not stopped using the methods that he did while rolling cigar in Cuba. 

Outside of Cuba the accordion method is used. Accordion bunching focuses on bunching the tobacco leaves in a fashion similar to a Japanese hand fan, or accordion given the name. This method takes less time to roll and can be correctly accomplished by less experienced rollers, torcederos. Accordion bunching also allows for the use of a liberman, a tool used to roll up the filler with the binder, which saves a lot of time and usually maintains consistency in draw and construction from stick to stick.