Useful cigars terms
Cuban cigars Terms
- 6 3/4 in x 43 ring gauge. Also known as the Dalia
this cigar took on the popular 8-9-8 name from the original box in which
they were packed forming 3 rows of 8, 9 and 8.
- Also referred to as Vitola in Spain, this is the Cuban term for cigar
band or ring.
- Filler leaves are rolled together and wrapped with a binder leaf to form
a cylindrical shape.
- The carefully monitored fermenting piles of tobacco.
- The outside wrapper of a cigar.
- The layer just under the Capa referred to as binder leaf made from volado
leaves grown on the lower part of the leaf.
- Casa de Tabaco
- The house on the plantation where the tobacco leaves are cured.
- The tasters who meticulously monitor the finished cigars on a daily basis.
- 6.5 inches x 42 ring gauge. This cigar is the third in a trilogy of 42 ring
gauge cigars. It's more popularly known as a Lonsdale, after the famed English
sporting earl Lord Lonsdale who preferred this elegantly long cigar.
- The roller's knife - a semi-circular blade used to cut the wrapper leaf.
- 7 inches x 47 ring gauge. Officially known as a Julieta
No. 2 but popularly referred to as a Churchill because it was the statesman's
cigar of choice. Preferably enjoyed for over an hour.
- The ascribed name to a light-brown wrapper.
- The ascribed name given to a dark brown wrapper.
- 5 5/8 inches x 42 ring gauge. The most familiar shape and size for a premium
cigar also referred to as a parejo because of it's
- Formerly Cuba's Worldwide distributor now replaced by Habanos
- Spanish word for snake, these cigars are made from 3 panetelas linked
and braided together.
- 6 3/4 inches x 43 ring gauge. Dalia was the name of the galera
in which the cigars were produced. Its popular name 8-9-8 is derived from
the original box in which they were packed forming 3 rows of 8,
9 and 8.
- The Stripping House where binder and filler leaves are taken to be stripped
of their inner veins and stems, second fermentation also takes place in
- Double Corona
- 7 5/8 inches x 49 ring gauge. Traditionally known as a Prominente
, the colossal leaves of this cigar are surprisingly delicate at first but
then suddenly burst into an explosion of flavours.
- A cooling room kept at 16-18 °C or 61-64 °F about 70 % humidity
where cigars are kept for a few weeks after they have been rolled.
- 9 inches x 47 ring gauge. Also referred to as Gran Corona
this is the largest classic form cigar.
- A cigar rolled with a point at one end. There also exists the double-figurado
pointed at both ends. Also referred to as a Pirámide, Campana or an Exquisito.
- The strength of a cigar. The 3 degrees in order from 1, 2, 3 are synonymous
with the terms volado, seco and ligero.
- Literally translates to the galley or the factory workshop where cigars
are made by hand.
- Gran Corona
- 9 inches x 47 ring gauge. Also referred to as an Especial
this is the largest classic form cigar.
- A denomination of origin for Cuban cigars, literally translates to Havanas.
- Habanos S.A.
- The Havana based company that that markets and distributes
Cuban cigars internationally, jointly owned by the Cuban government and the Franco-Spanish corporation
Altadis S.A. Formerly known as Cubatabaco.
- Hecho en Cuba
- Made in Cuba.
- Julieta No. 2
- 7 inches x 47 ring gauge. Originally from the Romeo y Julieta Factory this
cigar is more popularly known as the Churchill
because it was the statesman's cigar of choice.
- Laguito No. 1
- 7 1/2 inches x 38 ring gauge. Popularly known as the Lancero
this cigar takes it's original name from Havana's el Laguito Factory.
slender length coupled with the twist of leaf on the cap makes the Lancero
a most elegant cigar.
- 7 1/2 inches x 38 ring gauge. Traditionally known as the
Laguito No. 1. An elegant and slender cigar marked by it's length and
twist of leaf cap.
- Traditionally, the person who read stories to the cigar rollers throughout
- The master blender in a cigar factory.
- One of the 3 fillers of tobacco leaves. The word literally translates
to light although it refers to the top most leaves of a plant that are richest
in flavour and often darkest in colour. The 2 others are called Seco
- 6.5 inches x 42 ring gauge. Named after the English sporting earl, Lord Lonsdale
who preferred the elegance of a long cigar.
This vitola is traditionally
known as a Cervantes, the third in a trilogy of
42 ring gauge vitolas.
- The word means ripe in Spanish and refers to a dark reddish-brown almost
black wrapper shade.
- Media Rueda
- Literally translates to half-wheel and refers to a bundle of 50 cigars
- 5 1/8 inches x 42 ring gauge. More commonly known as a Petit
Corona this cigar is the most popular of all sizes.
- Moisturizing tobacco leaves to prepare them for the rollers.
- A straight-sided cigar such as a box pressed Corona
- 4 inches x 40 ring gauge. Also called a Tres Petit
Corona this cigar forms part of the small vitola group. This smoke is
brief but very full of Habano flavours which explains the origin of its
name, Perla or "Pearl" in English.
- Specializing in the cultivation of wrapper leaves this region forms a
historic group of growing regions founded in the early 17th Century. Partido
encompasses Havana, Cuba's capital and base for some of the most famous
- Petit Corona
- 5 1/8 inches x 42 ring gauge. The most popular of all sizes this cigar allows
for the 3 filler leaves to be evenly blended allowing for a smooth smoke.
It is traditionally referred to as a Mareva.
- 6 1/8 inches x 52 ring gauge. Also referred to as a Torpedo, because of the this tapered head and shoulder of this cigar it is said
to have better combustibility.
- 7 5/8 inches x 49 ring gauge. More popularly known as a Double
Corona, the colossal leaves of this cigar are surprisingly delicate
at first but then suddenly burst into an explosion of flavours.
- The Spanish term for cigar.
- 4 7/8 inches x 50 ring gauge. A popular cigar.
- This filler leaf taken from the middle of the plant often contributes
aroma and is usually medium-bodied. The 2 other fillers are called Ligero
- Semi Vuelta
- Situated in the Western part of Cuba it is known mainly for cultivation
of binder and filler leaves. Barely 1 % of its land is dedicated
- Is the Spanish term for tobacco and in Cuba the word is also used to refer
to a cigar.
- The Cuban corporation that manages the agricultural and manufacturing
aspects of Cuba's tobacco industry.
- The muslin cloth tent under which shade-grown wrapper leaves are grown.
It literally translates to "covered".
- Palm bark wrapped bales in which tobacco leaves are aged after fermentation.
- A Cigar roller. The word literally means "twister" even though
it is the last thing a roller should do when making a cigar.
- 6 1/8 inches x 52 ring gauge. Traditionally referred to as a Robusto
this cigar offers better combustibility because of its tapered head and
- Totalmente a Mano
- A term that often appears on cigar boxes and means "completely made by
hand". The term "Hecho a Mano" often means it is made partially by hand but
also machine made and "Envuelto a Mano" means packed by hand.
- Très Petit Corona
- 4 inches x 40 ring gauge. This small vitola can offer the smoker the true
taste of a Cuban cigar in 20 minutes or so which explains it's original
name of Perla which literally translates to "pearl".
- The cigar's filler made from 2 to 3 types of leaves that form the
heart of a Habano. The 3 fillers are Seco, Ligero, Volado.
- Cigars packed individually either in wood, metal or glass tubes.
- A tobacco plantation.
- Refers to the size and shape of a cigar, a Robusto or Corona are examples.
- Vuelta Abajo
- The finest tobacco growing region in the world, the main source of tobacco
for Habanos and the only region that grows all types of leaf. It includes
growing regions such as Pinar del Rio, San Luis and San Juan y Martinez.
- Vuelta Arriba
- In the eastern region of Cuba Vuelta Arriba encompasses 2 very separated
regions, Remedios and Oriente.
- One of the 3 filler leaves used in a cigar. These leaves are taken
from the bottom part of the plant and impart light flavours and help the
cigar in obtaining an even burn. The 2 other leaves used in rolling a
cigar are Ligero and Seco.