Choosing The Right Cigar

If you are new to the world of cigars, the easiest way to choose a cigar is to visit us in person or give us a call and we'll be happy to help you out. However if you would like to know a little before you talk with us, here are some terms and information we think may be useful:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A

Aging - Completed cigars are placed in rooms and permitted to rest, during which time, the tobacco is given a chance to marry or blend. Cigars continue to age up to fifteen years.
A.M.S. - American Market Selection
Air Curing - Tobacco leaves are hung in air vented covered barns and allowed to dry which enables the tobacco to concentrate, while dissipating any unwanted chemicals.
Amarillo - Yellow wrapper leaf grown in shade.
Aroma - The fragrance of a cigar when lit.
Artificial Head - This is a piece of tobacco leaf cut separate from the main wrapper, inserted into a slit in the wrapper, and proceeds to finish the cap for the head of the cigar. This allows the cap to appear to be part of the same leaf.

B

Bales - After fermentation tobacco leaves are packed into a bundle and placed in burlap.
Band - A decorative and colorful strip of paper identifying the line and maker of the cigar.
Barrel - Body or shaft of the cigar.
Belicoso - A cigar with a small rounded head that flairs out in the shape of a pyramid and can reach a gauge of up to 52.
Biddies - Small East Indian cigar.
Binder - A coarse and tough leaf used to hold filler in place.
Blend - The selection of tobacco that goes into a cigar. Traditionally, up to four types of leaves can be used.
Bloom - As a cigar ages, sometimes the oils create a fine white powder. This can be wiped off and does not affect the cigar.
Booking - The leaves of the bunch are folded in half while making the cigar. This can cause the cigar to burn unevenly and become too concentrated along the folds. This is not the preferred method of cigar making.
Bouquet - The smell of the wrapper and open foot of the cigar before it has been lit.
Box Pressed - Cigars that are packed so tightly in their box, that they take on a square like appearance.
Boxes - Usually holding 25 to 50 cigars, boxes come in many shapes and sizes.
Bulks - Large piles of tobacco stored in tobacco barns to allow fermentation.
Bunch - The filler leaves held together by the binder before adding the wrapper.
Bundle - Usually 25 or 50 cigars bound by silk ribbon or wrapped in plastic. This cuts down on expense and can be a good buy.
Burros - The Cuban term for the bulks of tobacco left in barns to ferment.

C

Cabinet Box - An all Spanish Cedar plain cigar box with brass hinges to prevent rusting in the humidor.
Cameroon Wrapper - A dark red to dark brown wrapper.
Candela Wrapper - A light green wrapper that gets it color from heat curing before the fermentation process begins.
Cap - A small piece of tobacco wrapped and shaped to close the head of the cigar, keeping the cigar wrapper from unraveling.
Capa - Cuban term for wrapper.
Capote - Cuban term for binder.
Carotene - Aged cigars contain this natural occurring organic compound.
Casing - When workers moisten the aged tobacco to make it easier for the hand rollers to handle.
Chaveta - Or Tuck, a crescent shaped knife used by cigar rollers to trim and cut the leaves.
Cheroot - A small cigar, 6 inches or less in length with a cigar ring size of 30 or less.
Churchill - A long straight cigar averaging 7 inches in length and a 48 ring size. Churchill cigars can vary in size from 6 3/4" - 7 3/4" in length and a 45 - 48 cigar ring size.
Cigarillo - Also referred to as a Cheroot, but Cigarillo being the most common used today. Dimensions can vary from 4" - 6" and a cigar ring size of 25-30. Length most commonly is in the 4" range.
Claro - Also referred to as Natural, this wrapper is pale green to light brown. Claro means "clear" in Spanish.
Claro Claro - Very light wrapper.
Clear Havana - A 100% Havana cigar.
Cohiba - The Caribbean Taino Indian word for cigar. Cohiba is the name of Cuba's most famous cigar brand. Originally this brand was made exclusively for Fidel Castro. The Cohiba cigar is also goes through 3 stages of fermentation as opposed to two.
Color - This refers to the shade of leaf used to wrap your cigar.
Consistency - The ability of a cigar brand or line to provide the same high level of taste, construction and uniform of color.
Colorado - A light to medium brown wrapper with a reddish tinge.
Colorado Claro - A shade darker brown than the Colorado, with a yellowish-orange tint.
Colorado Maduro - Darker than the Colorado Claro, a medium to almost dark brown wrapper leaf.
Connecticut Broadleaf - Originating in the Connecticut River Valley, this leaf is grown in full sunlight and produces a dense, dark brown color.
Connecticut Shade - Grown under large cheesecloth tents and known for its light brown color and smooth flawless appearance.
Corojo - A common cigar shape, straight-sided with a rounded end and open foot.
Corona - The top two leaves of a tobacco plant are referred to as the Corona also a classic cigar size.
Corona Extra - This cigar is thicker than the Corona with a 45 - 47 cigar ring size and 45 - 47 inches in length.
Culebra - "Snake" in Spanish, three slim cigars which have been twisted together but smoked separately.
Cutter - A device used to clip or puncture the cap of a cigar to prepare it for smoking.

D

Debudding - The removal of flowers which sprout from the top of tobacco plants. This allows the plant to grow higher quality and bigger leaves.
Diadema - A large cigar with a closed, tapered head usually around 8 inches long.
Double Binder - Two consecutive binder leaves wrapped over the filler to provide extra firmness and stability.
Double Claro - A very light cigar wrapper.
Double Corona - A large cigar size, usually measuring between 6 3/4" - 7 3/4" long with a cigar ring size between 48 - 55.
Draw - The measure of air which flows through a lit cigar.
Dress Box - A cedar wood box which is decorated with labels and art. Also called a "Wrap Set".
Dry Cigars - Also referred to as "Dutch Cigars" which do not require humidification.

E

E.M.S. - English Market Selection.

F

Fabrica - Factory where cigars are rolled.
Fermentation - Tobacco leaves are moistened and allowed to use their own self-generated heat to remove many of the chemicals and impurities.
Figurado - An unusually shaped cigar that does not have straight sides.
Flag - Also referred to as cap or crown. Refer to "cap".
Foot - The end of the cigar you light.
Finished Head - The head of the cigar is finished with the cigar wrapper without having to use a separate piece for the cap.

G

Galera - The large room inside a cigar factory where cigars are rolled.
Gran Corona - A huge cigar. Averages 9 1/4" long with a 47 cigar ring size.
Guayavera - Traditional four pocket shirt worn by cigar makers.
Guillotine - A single or double blade cigar cutter with the blades mounted in a sliding mechanism and a round hold in which to secure the cap for cutting.
Gum - A vegetable based adhesive used secure the wrapper leaf.

H

Hand - A group of similar tobacco leaves tired on the bottom by their stems.
Havana or Habano - Made from Cuban tobacco and made in Cuba.
Head - The closed end of the cigar which is covered by a cap.
Holder - This device is placed on the head of the cigar.
Homogenized Tobacco (HTL) - Artificially manufactured tobacco produced by mixing water, powdered tobacco, cellulose and fibers.
Hot - A cigar which is "hot", has less filler than needed. Result being a fast, burn with bitter taste.
Humidor - A box, container, or room designed to maintain a 65 to 75 percent level of humidity and temperature of 65 degrees to 75 degrees. 70 degrees and 70 percent is considered ideal.
Hygrometer - A device used to measure humidity.

L

Lance or Piercer - For piercing a hole in the cap of a cigar.
Lector - A person who would read to the cigar rollers while they were working.
Ligero - These are the leaves from the top section of the tobacco plant. Exposure to the sun creates a stronger, robust flavor, producing an oily texture.
Long Filler - The length of the leaf runs the entire length of the cigar. This is the filler used in premium cigars.
Lonsdale - Size varies from 6 1/4" - 7 1/4" in length and a 40-45 cigar ring gauge.

M

Machine-made - Cigars are made entirely by machine and are mostly made from short filler and tobacco scraps.
Maduro - This shade of wrapper varies from a very dark brown to almost black. Longer exposure to the sun, longer fermentation, exposure to heat, or a combination of any or all three can contribute these deep colors.
Marblehead - A cigar with a rounded head.

N

Naked - Term used when a cigar isn't covered by a tube or cellophane.

O

Oscuro - A black shade wrapper.

P

Panatela - A long, narrow cigar size. Dimensions are 5 1/2" - 7" long with a 35 - 40 cigar ring size.
Parejo - A straight-sided cigar with the same ring gauge from tip to tip.
Perfecto - A cigar with a closed cone shape head and foot, usually with a bulge in the middle.
Pinch Test - Lightly pinch the cigar between the thumb and forefinger. It should feel firm, not hard as a rock, and not spongy.
Plug - A blockage in a cigar which causes too tight a draw.
Plume - The appearance of a grayish or whitish dust on the on cigars that have been aging a fair period of time.
Premium Cigar - A cigar that is handmade from high quality, pure long leaf filler and wrapper.
Priming - When the leaves are being taken off the tobacco plant.
Punch Cutter - This cutter has a blade in the shape of a full circle, with a hollow center. When properly done, this removes a plug from the center of the cap, while leaving the rest of the cap intact.
Puro - Describes a cigar whose tobacco is entirely from the same country. The Spanish word for "pure".
Pyramid - A cigar which goes from a narrow ring gauge at the head and expands to a wide foot.

R

Ring Gauge - Unit of measurement for the diameter of a cigar. Each unit is 1/64th of an inch. If a cigar has a ring gauge of 32, it is 32/64th of an inch. If you divide 32 into 64 you will come up with a 1/2" diameter.
Robusto - A short and thick cigar which averages 5" inches long and a 50 ring gauge.

S

Shaded - Term used for the sorting of cigars by color prior to them being packaged.
Shade Grown - Wrapper leaves grown under cheesecloth tents.
Silver Leaf - The preferred place to enjoy a quality cigar, with the highest level of luxury, comfort and service.
Sizes - Cigars are classified by length and ring size (gauge).
Shoulder - Where the cigar cap meets the body wrapper.

T

Tercio - Burlap wrapped bale of aged tobacco leaves, which protects it during shipment and continues to allow it to age.
Torcedor - Master cigar roller.
Toro - A longer version of the Robusto. Measurements can be 5 1/2" - 6 1/2" long and a cigar ring size of 47 - 55.
Torpedo - A cigar with a wide foot that gradually tapers to a closed, pointed head.
Tubos - Cigars that are packed in individual tubes. These can be made from glass, plastic, metal or wood.
Tuck - The foot of the cigar.

V

V-Cut - A cutter which produces a cut in the form of a v.
Vega - Tobacco plantation.
Vuelta Abajo - The most famous tobacco growing region in Cuba.

W

Wrapper - A premium tobacco leaf used to wrap around the bunch and binder.

Tastings & Pairings

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About Our Pairings:

Whether you are interested in trying the 12 year single malt or the 30 year, we will help you pair a cigar with your drink or a drink with your cigar. Our staff will help you navigate through each of our menus to find the perfect match.