Cigars and Cheroots

User Rating:  / 0
Poor    Best    

Image result for Cigars and Cheroots

Photo Credit - www.flickr.com

 

Inside of a cheroot
Everyone knows the Myanmar-cigar, as the trusty dictionary says, is a tight roll of tobacco with pointed ends for smoking. But what do we call the other kind, the Say-baw-leik, or mild tobacco cigar, as the word implies? We call it cheroot, but it does not tally with the description given in the dictionary; ''cigar with both ends open". It was only one end for lighting and the other end has a filter, a small roll of dry corn-husks.


For lack of a better word - if there is, it has not yet come to my notice - let me call it cheroot anyway. It is not a tight roll of tobacco leaves. It is a roll all right; the outside is dried leaf of carbia myxa (tha-nat-phet). The insides are amysterious mixture of bits of dried wood and crushed tobacco.
Cheroots come in all sizes, the smallest ones are only slightly bigger than cigarettes: the big ones are about six to eight inches long with a half-inch girth. The strength varies depending on the portion of tobacco put inside.
Cheroot-rolling ladies
Ladies of my grandmother's days rolled their own cheroots to suit their individual taste. Ingredients for cheroot rolling, namely, tha-nat leaves, dried and flattened, bits of dried soft wood seasoned with tamarind pulp, crushed tobacco leaves, dry com-husks cut to make filters, a skein of silk or cotton thread, a left-over from the family loom - all these were put in the red lacquer basket fitted with trays and compartments.
This tobacco basket, like the betel box, played an important part in the family. A gift of cheroot rolled by the lady's fair hands meant to the courting swain that he had a good chance to win her.
Cheroots in love songs
There is a love song, well known even to this day, that tells of the gift of the cheroot from a maid to her lover, who had gone to the golden city of lnwa. The girl said she did not buy the tha-nat leaf from the markets, but plucked it green and fresh from the tree: she put the leaf under her bed, partly because she could not face others asking" for whom" and partly because she would rather let it dry by the warmth of her young body than by the heat of the sun or fire; since she could not afford a piece of silk thread she tied the end with a white cotton thread. A humble gift but rich in love and tenderness.
Cheroots are as varied in size as in quality. The poor of the villages use dry com-husks, the same material as the filter, in place of tha-nat leaves. The mixture put inside is basically the same.
Decorated cheroots
Kun-thi-phet-say-leiks, those big, long stately white cheroots, rolled with paper-thin sheet from the frond of betel nut palm, are the aristocrat of the species. They are used as take-away gifts for guests at weddings and novitiation ceremonies. They are decorated with bands of red foils at the filter end and put in ornate silver bowls. A bevy of girls welcome the guests, offering each a cheroot.
Perhaps, one does not see white cheroots too often here in Yangon even on gala occasions, but in places like Mandalay and towns in upcountry they are parts of the trimmings of a celebration.
Recently I have developed an interest in cheroots, because I have taken up smoking, something I missed in my mis-spent youth. It is never too late. I am also inspired by the example set by a lady, a distinguished Gallic beauty, who is partial to Myanmar cheroots, which she smokes fitted to her long ivory holder - a picture of chic or glamour. So far, any chic or glamour I may have achieved seeps out of the little holes I make on my jackets and longyis(skirts).

 

 

 

 

thumb_up Do you like this? Share it to friends..




comment Tell others what you think.. Your reviews and comments are valuable to others..

Get A Tour Quote [ Free ]

  1. Myanmar TOURISM EXPERTS love to send you a FREE estimated cost (a price quotation) for suitable tour package to you by email.
  2. 1. Where do you want to visit?
    Invalid Input
  3. Invalid Input
  4. 2. How many days do you intend to stay in Myanmar ?
    Invalid Input
  5. 3. When do you intend to visit ?
    Invalid Input
  6. 4. How many people in your group?
    Invalid Input
  7. 5. Would you request for a guide?
    Invalid Input
  8. Your Name(*)
    Please let us know your name.
  9. Your Email(*)
    Please let us know your email address.
  10. Type additional requests.
  11. (*)

      RefreshInvalid Input

Looking for a hotel in Yangon? or Bagan?

We recommend...

SRF Travels & Tours

Formed with the mission of being WORLD CLASS in its fields of business aims at providing superior quality services and help the customers or client organizations to achieve their requirement in effective and efficient manner.

Incorporated in recent SRF Travels & Tours Co. Ltd. has a well-knit team of qualified and experienced professional with hands-on experience in diverse fields and is an ideal blend of experience and youth

Address :No.258 (A), U Ba Han St, (E/A)Qtr, Thingangyun Tsp, Yangon, Myanmar.
Tel: +95-9799878621, +95-95032310,+95-9793702834, +95-973095481
E-mail: [email protected] , [email protected],
Web : www.srftravelsmyanmar.com

Eastward Travel

Eastward Travel Co., Ltd has been known for amazing friendly service and the best customer care; it’s a private licensed inbound tour operator in Myanmar and a member of Union of Myanmar Travel Association.

We managed and operated by the Board of Directors, formed with the experienced professionals who have several years in tourism industry of Myanmar and also combined with active and skillful young colleagues, support staffs and guides are prepare to get the convenience, comfort and satisfaction of our clients. We specialize in tour packages in Myanmar as well as in Indochina Region.

Address: #1/127, Room 7A, Mother's Son Condo,
Sabai Street, Tamwe Township, Yangon, Myanmar.
Tel : (+951) 861 9288
Mobile : (+959) 505 9633, 421 032 126
Fax : (+951) 861 9288
Email : [email protected][email protected]
Website : www.eastwardtravel.com 

We also recommend...

Bangan Thande

Bagan is well known as the city of thousands of pagodas and one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia. It is in Central Myanmar and located on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River.

Address : Bagan Thande Hotel, Old Bagan.
Phone : 95-61-60025, 60031, 60964
Fax : 95-61-60050
Email : [email protected]
Website : http://www.baganthandehotel.net

San Lamin

SAN LAMIN COMPANY Limited established in 1993, Exclusive Distributor of Ashford Pharmaceutical Limited of Hong Kong for the entire of Union

of Myanmar. Specialist in Eye Drops and Facial cream. SAN LAMIN COMPANY LIMITED is the exclusive distributor for the entire of Union of Myanmar . Based on W.H.O regulations and administrated productions and quality.

Address: No.15 Ground Floor, 50th Street, Botahtaung, Yangon, Myanmar
Tel: (+95-1) 397102, 397062, 397063 Fax: (+95-1) 397064 HP: (+95-9) 502 2195, 730 83862.
Email: [email protected]
web: www.sanlaminpharma.com 

Who's Online

We have 156 guests and no members online