Here are some key terms that every cigar smoker should know about premium hand-rolled cigars.
- The ring of paper printed with the name of the cigar brand, usually wrapped near the closed head of the cigar. It may include the country of origin and whether or not it is hand-rolled.
- The portion of a tobacco leaf used to hold together the blend of filler leaves called the bunch; with the wrapper and filler, it is one of three main components in a cigar.
- The mixture of different types of tobacco in a cigar, including up to four types of filler leaves, a binder leaf and an outer wrapper.
- A naturally occurring phenomenon in the cigar aging process, also called plume, caused by the oils that exude from the tobacco. It appears as a fine white powder and can be brushed off-- not to be confused with mold, which is bluish in color and stains the wrapper.
- The container used to package cigars. There are several traditional styles: -- "cabinet selection" refers to wood boxes with a sliding top, designed to hold 25 or 50 cigars. -- "8-9-8" refers to a round-sided box specifically designed to accommodate three rows of cigars-- eight on top, nine in the middle, eight on the bottom. -- "flat top," or "13-topper," is the flat rectangular box most popular today, with 13 cigars on top and 12 on the bottom. divided by a spacer.gif.
- A large pile of tobacco leaves in which fermentation occurs.
- Up to four different types of filler tobacco that are blended to create the body of the cigar. The bunch is held together by the binder.
- A packaging method, designed with economy in mind, that uses a cellophane overwrap. It usually contains 25 or 50 cigars, traditionally without bands. Bundles, oftentimes seconds of premium brands, are usually less expensive than boxed cigars.
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