Glossary of Cigar Terms

A (size)

The largest standard cigar size is an "A" which is also known as a gran corona (see photo). The standard for an "A" is 9 1/4 inches long by …

Accordion Method

A method of cigar rolling where each leaf is folded in a wavy pattern, in a shape reminiscent of an accordion. Slower than booking, but …

Active Humidification System

A mechanical device that blows humidified air and recirculates dry air to maintain humidity in a humidor. These devices are typically used …

Aging

Aging takes many forms in the premium cigar industry. Cigarmakers age fermented tobacco in bales, typically for two to several years. Aging …

Aging Room

A room in a cigar factory of varying size, typically lined with Spanish cedar, where rolled cigars are stored to allow the tobaccos to …

Amarillo
Am-Ah-REE-Yo | noun

A term for a yellow leaf of cigar wrapper.

Amatista Jar
Ahm-Ah-TEEST-Ah | noun

A heavy glass jar containing 25 or 50 cigars. This method of packaging is seldom seen today, but was very popular in the 1950s and 1960s. …

American Market Selection

A seldom-used term today, American Market Seletion (abbreviated as AMS) was created by the major importer of Cuban cigars in the 1950s to …

Ammonia

Ammonia is present in freshly picked cigar tobacco. One of the main goals of curing and fermentation is to rid cigars of ammonia. Improperl…

Anilla
An-E-Ya | Noun

Also referred to as Vitola in Spain, this is the Cuban term for cigar band or ring.

Arapiraca
Ahr-Rah-Pih-RAH-Kah | noun

A type of cigar tobacco grown in Brazil’s northeastern coast. It produces a very dark, oily leaf. The seed variety is also being grown now …

Aroma
aro-ma | noun

Aroma, or bouquet, is the smell from a burning cigar. Great cigars typically have enticing aromas that perfume the room. Sometimes it’s …