Glossary of Cigar Terms
Also known as a wedge cutter or a cat’s eye cutter, a v cutter has a v-shaped blade (see photo) that gauges an opening in the head of a cigar. These cigar cutters were far more popular in the early 1900s, and many antique models are designed for the smaller cigars of that era.
A tobacco plantation.
A structural part of a leaf. Prominent veins can be a defect in wrappers. Many cigar rollers strip part of the vein when rolling a cigar, to minimize the effect of the veins showing to the smoker. Cigars should also be rolled with the veiny side of the wrapper up, so the heaviest veins end up on the inside of the cigar.
When a vintage date is used for a cigar, it usually refers to the year one of the tobacco components (typically the filler) was harvested, not the year the cigar was made. Vintage dating is far rarer in the cigar world than it is in the world of fine wine.
A grade of filler tobacco. Viso leaf is more powerful than seco and less powerful than ligero. It also tends to be thinner than ligero and more thick than seco. In some countries, this type of leaf is known as volado.
The inner lid of the box, usually depicting brand art, crests or logos.
A cigar factory term for a cigar shape. Robusto and corona are two examples of vitolas.
A grade of filler tobacco. Volado leaf is more powerful than seco and less powerful than ligero. It also tends to be thinner than ligero and more thick than seco. In some countries, this type of leaf is known as viso.
The valley in western Cuba that many believe produces the best cigar tobacco in the world.
Photo by Angus McRitchie
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