- The ring of paper with the name of the cigar brand, wrapped near the
closed head of the cigar and usually held on with a vegetable based glue.
- The portion of a tobacco leaf that is rolled around the filler to hold
- A mixture of different types of cigar leaf tobacco, including up to four
types of filler leaves, a binder and an outer wrapper.
- A fine white powder that forms on the wrapper of the cigar caused by
the oils that exude from the tobacco. It can be gently brushed off with
a small camel hair brush, though there is no need to do this. Bloom indicates
the cigar is alive, maturing as it should inside a well maintained humidor.
Bloom should not be confused with mold. Mold is a bluish-green and stains
the wrapper. Mold usually indicates a humidor is too warm or has excessive
levels of humidity.
- Blue mold is a damaging fungus that forms on the tobacco leaf and can
ruin the crop. Blue mold is a big problem when there's a lot of dampness
- The mix of filler and binder leaves before they are rolled into a wrapper.
- A method of packaging cigars using cellophane as opposed to a box. A
bundle usually contains from 25 to 50 cigars and are less expensive than
boxed cigars. Bundled cigars usually contain the seconds from premium brands.
- A circular piece of wrapper leaf cigar tobacco that is placed at the
head of the cigar to secure the wrapper. Cuban cigar caps have a distinctive
three to four-layer circular look that distinguishes them from cheaper
- An instrument with a razor sharp blade used to remove the cap or flag
from both machine made and hand made cigars.
- The amount of air that gets pulled through a lighted cigar. It can be
too easy (hot) or too tight (plugged).
- The leaves of tobacco at the core of the cigar that provide a significant
portion of its taste.
- An alternative to a cap that involves shaping the wrapper leaf at the
head of the cigar so that it secures the wrapper in place. Sometimes a
flag can be tied off in a pig-tail or curly head.
- The open end of the cigar you light.
- A cigar made entirely by hand, usually constructed with a high quality
wrapper and long filler and binder as opposed to cut filler used in machine
made and cigar seconds.
- the closed end of the cigar, or the end you cut and smoke.
- An entire room, or a box, that's designed to preserve and promote the
proper storing of fragile cigars. An optimum humidity and temperature level
in a humidor is 70/70, or 70 percent humidity and 70 degrees Fahrenheit
(21 degrees Celsius).
- One of the three basic types of filler tobacco. The name means ``light''
- A term used to designate filler tobacco that runs the length of the body
of the cigar, as opposed chopped up pieces know as ``cut-filler.''
- A term that refers to cigars made entirely by machine and less expensive
- The wooden form used by cigar rollers to give shape to a finished bunch
of cigar tobacco. Some molds have two parts which are then placed in a
- A standard industry measurement for the diameter of a cigar in 64ths
of an inch. A 50 ring gauge cigar is 50/64ths of an inch thick.
- One of three basic types of filler tobacco. The name means ``dry'' in
- Prime tobacco leaf grown under cheesecloth tenting called a ``tapado''
to produce a thin, elastic tobacco leaf that is most often used in premium
- The classic Cuban cigar sizes are as follows: