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The ABCs of Cigars

From amatista to zafadores, we define 26 cigar-industry terms every aficionado needs to know
By CA Editors | From The Rock, January/February 2021
The ABCs of Cigars
The cigar world is home to a huge lexicon of words. There are myriad descriptions used for how cigars are rolled, the tobacco that goes inside (not to mention how those leaves are harvested, fermented and aged) and even the packaging in which they finally reside. This cigar glossary was designed to expand your knowledge as a cigar aficionado. Here is a primer on some of the terms, complete with a pronunciation guide for the more challenging words. The far larger cigar glossary can be explored and studied at cigaraficionado.com. Amatista (ah-mahh-TEE-stuh) A heavy glass jar containing 25 or 50 cigars, typically secured with metal clips and a leather strap …
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