We want to provide our valued customers, new and old with as much information as possible about cigars. Whether you’re an old hand when it comes to smoking a cigar or just starting out – knowing the proper terminology will help you along.
Here are some of the most important pieces of cigar terminology you should know.
Some people believe that fine cigars shouldn’t be smoked until two years after they were made. Most well made cigars will continue to improve with age for many years if stored properly. That said, most cigars really shouldn’t be stored for more than 15 years as they may then have lost much of their original aroma.
BLOOM (Cigar bloom)
This is a natural part of the ageing process, caused by a change in ambient humidity. It usually presents as a fine, whitish dust/powder and can be easily brushed off.
The closure of the head of a hand-made cigar that secures the loose end of the wrapper to stop it unravelling. Formed in two sections, the first, known as the flag is wrapped around the circumference of the cigar. The second, a small disc of leaf is placed on the top of the head. Both are fastened with tasteless vegetable gum.
The amount of air drawn through a lit cigar. A ‘hot’ draw is one that is too easy and suggests that the cigar has been rolled too lightly and will burn unevenly and more furiously. A ‘plugged’ draw indicates the tobacco has been rolled too tightly, making it difficult, if not impossible to smoke. The ‘perfect’ draw speaks for itself.
This is a cigar with an irregular shape, point at one end or a double-figurado which is pointed at both ends.
The denomination of origin reserved for the highest quality cigars made in Cuba, which are usually produced from the finest tobacco grown in the Vuelta Abajo or Partidos regions.
A specially crafted box containing a humidification system that protects and nurtures fine cigars.
This is done preferably with a long cigar match, after you have struck the match and allowed the sulphur to burn off otherwise it will impair the flavour of the fine cigar. Gas lighters are also fine, but petrol lighters and candles should be avoided at all costs.
This turns fine cigars into soggy, wrinkled remnants.
The recognised measurement for the diameter of a cigar, based on 64th of an inch. For example, a 48 ring gauge cigar is 48/64ths or two-thirds of an inch thick. The length of a cigar is measured in inches or millimetres.
Thicker cigars such as Robustos or Churchills burn more slowly and last longer than thinner cigars or similar length.
Hand-made cigars naturally become richer in taste as you smoke because all the filler leaves are placed in the same direction as they grew on the plant. You begin to truly understand the taste of the cigar after about one third has been smoked.
Cigar roller – the word translates as twister, but this is the last thing a roller should do when making a cigar.