Glossary of Cigar Terms

Clear Havana

A cigar made in the United States prior to the embargo with Cuban tobacco.

Connecticut Habano (also called Connecticut Havana)

A dark, sun-grown wrapper variety from the Connecticut River Valley that is grown in lower quantities than Connecticut shade and Connecticut broadleaf. Like broadleaf, Habano is grown in the open sunlight. The plant grows leaves with pointy tips, as opposed to wide leaves with somewhat rounded edges, as found on broadleaf. It’s known for hearty flavor.


Capital of Cuba. The traditional center of manufacturing of Cuban cigars for export, and a term widely used to designate Cuban cigars. Also refers to the tobacco types grown from Cuban seed in the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua. Also known as Habana.

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