Cigar Education: Cigar Speak

This is the fifth blog in the series which is designed to further educate, you, the consumer about the cigar world. This blog touches on the meanings of some of the more complex words used in the cigar world in terms of describing the parts of a cigar, the size/shape, the blend or the age. Again we would like to think Perdomo Cigars for allowing us to use the information off of their webpage.

Anillo – Band
The ring of paper wrapped around the closed head of most cigars that often contains colorful graphics, the brand name, country of origin, and/or indication that the cigar is hand-rolled.

The mixture of different types of tobacco in a cigar.

The smell of a fine cigar. Inappropriately stored and/or dried-out cigars will lose their bouquet.

The amount of air that gets pulled through a lit cigar. It can be too easy (hot) or too tight (plugged).

The taste that lingers after a puff. Finishes vary with mild cigars having very little finish while stronger, more full-bodied cigars have distinctive flavors that tend to linger.

The foot of a cigar is the end that is lit.

Refers to the strength of a cigar.

Literally translated it means Havanas, a denomination of origin for Cuban cigars.

The closed end of the cigar; the end you smoke.

A room, or box designed to preserve the proper storage of a cigar or promote aging by maintaining a relative humidity level of 65-70 percent and a temperature of approximately 65°F to 70°F.

Ring Gauge
The width of a cigar based on 64ths of an inch. A 32 ring gauge cigar is 32/64ths of an inch thick, or 1/2 inch in diameter. A 48 ring is approximately 3/4 inches in diameter.

The area where the cap meets the body of a cigar. Cutting the shoulder will often cause the cigar to unravel.

A Cigar roller.

As with wine, it refers to the year the tobacco was harvested as opposed to the year the cigar was made.