The diameter of cigars is called the Ring Gauge and measured in increments 0f 1/64th’s of an inch
The Main Shapes
Parejo Piramide Figurado The most popular sizes of cigars are: Churchill - 175mm 48 Gauge Cigar Accessories Punch
Guillotine Double Cut
Lighters There are numerous types of cigar lighter but it is very important that the lighter produces an odourless flame, therefore a petrol lighter or candle should not be used – only use a lighter fuelled by butane, a long match but make sure the sulphur has burned away first or a spill.
The most popular sizes of cigars are:
Churchill - 175mm 48 Gauge
There are numerous types of cigar lighter but it is very important that the lighter produces an odourless flame, therefore a petrol lighter or candle should not be used – only use a lighter fuelled by butane, a long match but make sure the sulphur has burned away first or a spill.
|GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Band – A ring of coloured paper around the foot of the cigar which usually denotes the brand name.
Belicosos – A pyramid shaped cigar normally with a ring gauge of about 48
Binder – This holds the main body (bunch) of the cigar together
Blend – A combination of different tobaccos to give the cigar its distinctive flavour
Bloom – A white powdery substances that is exuded by the tobacco. It is quite harmless and is not
Blue Mold – If this bluish fungus is evident on your cigars then they can be deemed as ruined and
Bunch – The filler
Bundle – Some cigars, often the more economically priced, are packed into bundles of 25 and then
Cabinet – Bundles of cigars tied with a ribbon and packed into boxes, often unbanded.
Cap – This sealed end of the cigar
Capa – The wrapper
Chaveta – The crescent shaped knife used by the cigar roller
Cigarillos – Generally machine made, less than 26 Ring Gauge and shorter than 100mm
Claro – The lightest colour wrapper
Corona – a cigar size of 142mm 42 Gauge
Culebra – Three narrow ring gauge cigars woven into a rope-like braid
Double Corona – A cigar size of approximately 190mm 50 Gauge
EMS – English Market Selection. Hunters and Frankau created the EMS stamp in 1993. This is displayed on all their boxes of Havana cigars to prove, authenticity, quality and year of manufacture - indicated by the colour.
Fermentation – A process where the tobacco leaves are subjected to high temperatures in order to
release the ammonia content.
Figurado – Torpedo shaped cigars
Filler – The main body of the cigar
Foot – The end of the cigar which you light
Gorda – A cigar size of approximately 142mm 46 Gauge
Hand – Individual bundles of leaves, tied together and hung up after harvesting prior to the
Hecho en Cuba – Made in Cuba
Long Filler – Used in hand-made cigars and is comprised of leaves that run the complete length of the
Lonsdale – a cigar approximately 155mm 42 Gauge
Machine Made Cigars – Cigars made entirely by machine using chopped pieces of leaf.
Maduro – From the Spanish meaning ‘ripe’ – the maduro leaf comes from tobacco plants that have
Panatela – a thin cigar typically 120mm 36 Gauge
Perfecto – A bulbous shaped cigar that is closed at both ends
Plug – A blockage within a cigar that prevents a proper draw.
Pyramid – A cigar that is tapered towards the head
Ring Gauge – The diameter of a cigar measured in 1/64th of a inch – eg a cigar with a ring gauge of 50 is 50/64th inch thick.
Robusto – a cigar approximately 125mm 50 Gauge
Seco – a type of filler
Shade Grown – These a tobacco plants grown to provide a wrapper that is pale and whose veins are very thin.
Spill – a strip of cedar wood that is lit by another source e.g. a candle, and used to light a cigar
Sun grown – Tobacco plants grown in direct sunlight to provide thicker and darker leaves
Torcedor(a) – a cigar roller
Toro – a cigar approximately 150mm 50 Gauge
Torpedo – a bulbous shaped cigar with a pointed head
Tubos – Tubed cigars
Wrapper – the leave that is used to encapsulate the body of the cigar