Glossary of Cigar Terms

Glass Jar

Also known as an Amatista jar, these are heavy glass jars that containing 25 or 50 cigars. This method of packaging is seldom seen today, but was very popular in the 1950s and 1960s. H. Upmann cigars from Cuba originated the practice in the early 1900s. The jars were lined with Spanish cedar and sealed tight, and promoted as being "factory fresh."

Glass Top Cohibas

One of the most common type of counterfeit cigars. Glass top (or Lucite top) Cohibas (see photo) are fake Cohiba cigars presented in boxes with glass or lucite tops, showing a view of the cigars inside the box without opening the box itself. There never has been a genuine Cuban Cohiba produced with a glass or Lucite top box. Click here to read the Cigar Aficionado story on how to identify and protect yourself against Counterfeit Cigars.

Photo by Sarina Finkelstein

The famous fake Cohiba glass-top box.

Glass Tubes

Also called Crystales, these glass test-tube like cases are designed to protect individual cigars from damage or from drying out.


Spanish for "fat," as in the corona gorda shape, a thicker corona. The traditional size is 5 5/8 inches with a 46 ring gauge.


A Cuban cigar factory term for a cigar measuring 5 1/2 inches by 50 ring.

Gran Corona

A very big cigar; generally 9 1/4 inches by 47 ring gauge.

Gran Panetela

A long panetela, which is a slim cigar (see photo). Gran panetelas typically measure longer than seven inches. The most famous type of gran panetela is a lancero, a 7 1/2 inch long cigar with a ring gauge of (usually) 38 that has a flag or pigtail tip.

The Cohiba Lancero is among the most famous of gran panetela cigars.

Guajiro (guah-HEER-oh)

A Cuban term for a peasant farmer, or a man of the earth. It’s considered a compliment in many circles.

Guayabera (why-ah-BEHR-ah)

A Cuban dress shirt, typically made of linen, with many pockets, which make it ideal for holding cigars. The shirts are worn untucked.


A flavorless, odorless vegetable adhesive used to secure the head of the wrapper leaf around the finished bunch. Also called gomma.

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