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Need to know the lingo of cigars?  Here’s our glossary of essential tobacco jargon.

Amarillo

A yellow wrapper leaf grown under shade.

Amatista

Sealed glass jar containing 25-50 cigars.

Band

Paper wrapped around cigar designating name and sometimes country of origin.

Belicoso

Short, pyramid-shaped cigar, 5 or 5 1/2 inches.

Binder

Leaf used to hold together the cigar filler leaves.

Blend

The mixture of different types of tobacco in a cigar, including filler, binder, and wrapper.

Bloom

Fine white powder which occurs naturally on some cigars.

Box-pressed

Squarish appearance taken on by cigars packed in a box.

Bulk

A large pile of tobacco leaves.

Bunch

Filler tobacco blended to create the cigar and held together by the binder.

Bundle

A package containing 25 or 50 cigars, usually un-banded cigars.

Cap

A circular piece of wrapper leaf on the head of the cigar.

Cedar

Wood generally used to make humidors.

Chaveta

Roller’s knife.

Churchill

Large corona usually 7 inches with a 47 ring gauge.

Claro

A pale-green to light-brown wrapper.

Colorado

Medium-brown to brownish-red shade of wrapper.

Corona

Usually a 5 1/8″ long cigar with a 42 ring gauge.

Cuban Seed

Designates plants grown in non-Cuban countries with seeds from Cuba.

Culebra

Cigars made of three panetelas braided and banded together.

Double Corona

Big cigar, usually 7 1/2 to 8 inches with a 49 to 52 ring gauge.

Draw

The amount of air pulled through a lit cigar.

Figurado

Cigars with unique shapes such as belicosos, torpedos, pyramids, perfectos and culebras.

Filler Leaves

Leaves used in the body of the cigar.

Foot

The end of the cigar you light.

Gorda

Spanish for “fat”, usually 5 5/8 inches with a 46 ring gauge.

Gran Corona

Big cigar usually 9 1/4 inches by 47 ring gauge.

Habano

Indicates that a cigar is Cuban.

Half-wheel

Bundle of 50 cigars.

Havana

Capital of Cuba.

Head

The capped end of a cigar.

Hot

A cigar that has a quick, loose draw. Usually under-filled.

Humidor

Device or space designed to house cigars.

Hygrometer

Measures humidity in the air surrounding cigars.

Ligero

Smallest of three types of tobacco leaves – found at the top.

Long Filler

Tobacco that runs the length of the body of the cigar.

Lonsdale

Long cigar, usually 6 to 6 3/4 inches by a 42 to 44 ring gauge.

Machine-made

Cigars made entirely by machine.

Maduro

Wrapper shade ranging from dark reddish-brown to black.

Olor

A variety of Dominican cigar tobacco known for its big leaves; it is used as filler tobacco and especially as binder tobacco.

Oscuro

A black shade of wrapper, darker than maduro, most often Brazilian or Mexican in origin.

Panetela

A long, thin cigar.

Perfecto

A cigar that is closed at both ends, with a rounded head and a bulge in the middle.

Plug

Blockage that prevents a cigar from drawing well.

Plume

See Bloom.

Primings

The rows of leaves on a tobacco plant.

Punch

Used to punch a hole in the closed end of a cigar.

Puro

A cigar blended with tobaccos from a single country.

Pyramid

Tapered cigar with a wide, open foot and a closed head.

Ring Gauge

Unit of measurement for a cigar’s diameter, based on 64ths of an inch.

Robusto

Traditionally 5 to 5 1/2 inches by a 50 ring gauge.

Rosado

Spanish for “pink”, describes the reddish tint of some Cuban-seed wrapper.

Seco

Spanish for “dry”, seco is a medium-bodied filler tobacco.

Shade-grown

Wrapper leaves grown under a cheesecloth tent.

Shoulder

Where the cigar cap meets the body.

Short Filler

Chopped scraps of leaf usually used in machine-made cigars, which burns quicker and hotter than long filler.

Spill

A strip of cedar used to light a cigar.

Sun-grown

Tobacco grown in direct sunlight, creating thicker leaf with thicker veins.

Tapado

Cheesecloth tent under which shade-grown wrapper leaf is cultivated.

Tooth

Grainy pattern characteristics on wrapper leaf.

Torcedores

Cigar rollers.

Torpedo

Cigar shape featuring closed foot, a pointed head and a bulge in the middle.

Totalamente a Mano

Made totally by hand.

Tubos

Cigars packed in wood, metal or glass tubes.

Tunneling

Same as canoeing.

Vein

A structural part of a leaf.

Vintage

The year the tobacco was harvested.

Vuelta Abajo

Cuban valley believed to produce the best cigar tobacco in the world.

Wrapper

High-quality tobacco leaf wrapped around the finished bunch and binder.

Wedge Cut

V-shaped cut.

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