You might be an avid cigar smoker, or perhaps it’s an occasional indulgence. Regardless of how often you enjoy this pastime, we’re here to provide you with the need to know when it comes to cigars.
Filler: The blend of tobacco leaves that make up the body of the cigar
Binder: The leaf that holds the filler together
Wrapper: The outside wrapper leaf is what determines the color of the cigar
The color refers to the outer wrapper leaf. Depending on the cigar’s exterior color, the smoker will enjoy a distinct taste for each.
Claro: Usually light tan to light brown, Claro is the lightest colored wrapper. It offers a mild and smooth taste with great natural flavor.
Colorado: A dark reddish-brown coloring and shade-grown, a Colorado wrapper boasts a rich, robust flavor and subtle aroma.
Maduro: Typically found in Mexican cigars, a Maduro wrapper is dark brown and thicker than lighter wrappers. A Maduro has a stronger taste that is sweet on the palate and mild aroma.
Oscuro: The strongest tasting and darkest wrapper of them all, the Oscuro comes from Brazil, Mexico, and Nicaragua. Those looking for a potent flavor should try an Oscuro wrapper.
Size & Shape
Pyramid: A cigar that is thickest at the foot and gradually tapers towards the head.
Belicoso: A small pyramid-shaped cigar with a rounded head rather than a point. The Belicoso is similar to the Pyramid, minus the gradual taper.
Torpedo: A shape with a sharply pointed head, closed foot, and a bulge in the middle.
Perfecto: These look like the cigars in cartoons with two closed rounded ends and a bulge in the middle.
Culebras: A Culebra is three cigars of any size braided together into a pretzel shape. They can also be separated before smoking!