The smell of a burning cigar.
Paper placed around the cigar, usually near the head, originally
used to protect white gloves from tobacco stains. Merchants quickly
seized the idea and began using it as a place to put their brand
name. Allowing them to differentiate their cigars from their
The body of the cigar.
A single leaf of tobacco wrapped around the filler to hold it
The mixture of tobaccos used in the cigar that provides each cigar
with its unique character.
A harmless white film or spots on the wrapper caused by oils in the
tobacco rising to the surface. This also indicates a stronger smoke.
Also, called Plume.
The main or middle part of the cigar.
The smell of an unlit cigar.
The container used to package cigars. Traditional styles include:
- Cabinet Selection
Wood box with a sliding top, designed to hold 25 or 50 cigars.
A round-sided box designed to hold three rows of cigars with eight
on the top, nine in the middle and eight on the bottom.
- Flat Top or 13-topper
Flat rectangular box which is the most common container used
today. This package holds 13 cigars on the top and 12 on the
The large piles of tobacco leaves as they undergo fermentation.
Refers to the cigar when it consists of the filler and the binder,
before the application of the wrapper leaf.
Packaging method which uses cellophane overwrap on 25 or 50 cigars
traditionally without bands. Bundles are usually cheaper than boxed
cigars, and contain seconds of premium cigars.
The circular piece of wrapper leaf placed at the head of the cigar
to secure the wrapper.
Professional cigar taster who determines a cigar's qualities of
aroma, taste and texture.
The knife used in a cigar factory for cutting the wrapper leaf.
A large corona format cigar, usually 7 inches long with a 48 ring
gauge named after Winston Churchill who liked large cigars.
A traditionally-proportioned cigar measuring 5 1/2 to 6 inches by 42
to 44 ring gauge.
A long robusto format 5 1/2 inches with a 46 ring gauge.
An exotic cigar consisting of three panatelas that are braided
together to form one cigar.
The process of removing moisture from freshly harvested tobacco.
Filler tobacco consisting of chopped pieces most common in
A device for clipping the end off a cigar. Some resemble scissors
with curved blades; others look like small guillotines for making a
straight or V-shaped notch. In addition one variety looks like a .44
magnum bullet and another a fountain pen, they pull apart to reveal
a punch that cuts a round hole in the end of the cigar.
A small cigar around 4 inches by a 30 ring gauge.
Cigar with dimensions of 7 1/2 to 8 inches by a large gauge of 49 to
The flow of smoke from a cigar. It can be too easy (hot) or too
The tobacco that makes up the center of the cigar. There are two
main types of filler, short and long.
A Spanish term that refers to cigars with exotic sizes, such as
torpedos, pyramids, perfectos and culebras.
An alternative to a cap. The flag method of finishing a cigar
involves shaping the wrapper leaf at the head of the cigar so that
it secures the wrapper. Sometimes, it is tied off in a pigtail or
Also called the "tuck," it's the part of the cigar that is lit.
The room in which cigars are rolled at the factory.
A vegetable adhesive used to secure the head of the wrapper leaf
around the finished bunch.
Individual leaves of tobacco that are hung together after harvest
and tied at the top. These hands are piled together to make a bulk
A cigar that is bunched, bound and wrapped entirely by hand.
A cigar made entirely by hand with high quality wrapper and long
The end of the cigar that is placed in the mouth.
A cigar which has a quick, loose draw. This is caused by the cigar
being underfilled. It is usually accompanied by harsh flavors.
A box (but actually an environment) used to store or age cigars.
Like a wine cellar, the box is fitted with devices to control
temperature and humidity. The ideal environment should be 70°F and
70% relative humidity.
One of three types of filler tobacco. This aromatic tobacco adds
body to a cigar blend. Ligero means light in Spanish.
Whole leaves selected and rolled by hand to create a looser and
easier draw of smoke.
A cigar typically 6 1/4 inches by a 42 or 44 ring gauge.
Cigars made entirely by machine. Heavier weight binders and wrappers
are generally used and cut filler is used in place of long filler.
The device used in making cigars that gives shape to a finished
bunch. Also, a fungis, which is potentially damaging, that forms on
cigars when they are stored at too high a temperature.
Oils and resins found in tobacco that give it its smoking qualities.
A widely-varying cigar format ranging from 5 to 7 inches with a
gauge from 34 to 38.
A cigar with a rounded head and a closed foot.
A short corona format usually 4 1/2 inches by a 40 ring gauge.
A tight spot in a cigar that prevents a proper draw.
A high grade cigar made by hand from 100% tobacco long leaf filler.
A cigar whose filler, binder and wrapper come from the same country.
A cigar with an open foot and a tapered head.
The diameter of a cigar is referred to as the ring gauge. It is a
measurement equal to 1/64 of an inch. A 64 ring gauge would be one
inch in thickness and a 32 ring gauge would be 1/2 inch thick.
A short churchill format typically 5 to 5 1/2 inches by a ring gauge
Highly skilled artisans who apply the wrapper to the bunch.
Spanish meaning "dry". This filler contributes aroma and is of
Tobacco, usually the wrapper leaf of a cigar. For mildness, the
wrapper is grown under tents and is not exposed to sunlight.
Tobacco grown under a canopy or tent producing a thinner, more
elastic leaf used in the wrapper.
Chopped scraps of leaves hand-rolled, but more likely
machine-rolled, to create a tight hard draw of smoke.
A 5-inch cigar with a 50 ring gauge, such as a robusto, should
provide anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes of smoking pleasure. A double
corona, a 7 1/2-inch cigar with a 50 ring gauge, may give over an
hour's worth of smoking time. A thinner cigar, such as a lonsdale,
smokes in less time than a cigar with a 50 ring gauge.
Tobacco which is grown in direct sunlight. This creates thicker
veins and a thicker leaf.
Small bumps which texture the wrapper on a cigar.
Title earned by the master cigar rollers.
A cigar with a closed head and a closed foot.
A cigar that is placed in a tube. Most tubes are aluminum while some
The rib of the tobacco leaf. A quality cigar should not be too
A type of filler tobacco chosen for its burning qualities.
The outermost tobacco leaf of the cigar.