"Inle Lake (Cheroot-factory)" Myanmar (Burma) Things to Do Tip by worldtraveler55

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The Cheroot is a cylindrical cigar with both ends clipped during manufacture.
Even with the popularity of the western cigarettes, the cool and mild cheroot is still the preferred smoke, especially in the countryside.
Cheroots factory workers are mostly women; it gives them a chance to earn, without disrupting housework.
The filling is made of shredded tobacco leaf, and about an equal amount of chopped tobacco stalks so that the taste is not strong.
According to the secret formulas of the different companies, additives of such diverse ingredients as tamarind pulp or sweet jaggery make the cheroots differ in taste. The ratio of the mild and strong leaves is also a secret of each company. The best companies even vary their formula according to the season: a milder smoke for the hot summers, and a stronger one for cold wet days.
The self-rolled smokes of the farmers' wives are made with cornhusk. The filters are either rolled cornhusk, for a sweeter smoke, or else pressed sugarcane fibers for a stronger one.

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  • Updated Feb 17, 2007
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