Glossary of Cigar Terms

Bale

A unit of storage for fermented cigar tobacco. Bales vary in weight and appearance, depending upon where the tobacco was grown, and the …

Band

A ring of paper wrapped around the top third of most cigars that contains information about the cigar, typically the name of the brand, …

Banda
Bahn-Dah | noun

Banda is a term for binder, the portion of a tobacco leaf used to hold together the blend of filler leaves called the bunch. It’s also …

Barrel

A method of shipping cigars in the United States in the early 1800s. Cigars, often quite cheap cigars, would be packed in barrels of 2,500. …

Beetle

A tobacco beetle is the scourge of cigar smokers. The beetles eat cigar tobacco, and although they are very small they can ruin a cigar …

Belicoso
Belicoso
Bell-Ih-COH-Soh | noun

Traditionally a short, pyramid-shaped cigar with a shorter, more rounded taper at the head than found on a pyramid or torpedo.

Bethune
Beth-Oon | Noun

A mixture of herbs, wine, rum or a combination of such materials used to treat certain types of tobacco. It’s a process some cigarmakers …

Binder

The tobacco leaf (or leaves) that hold together the filler tobacco. The combination of a binder (known as a banda in Spanish) and filler …

Bleeding

The process of removing air and old butane from a lighter. Bleeding a lighter helps maintain its performance, and not bleeding a lighter is …

Blend

The mixture of different types of tobacco in a cigar, including up to five types of filler leaves, one or two binder leaves and an outer …

Blind Taste

A process of judging where the identity of the judged product is kept hidden from the taster. All of the tastings in Cigar Aficionado …

Bloom

Bloom, which is also called plume, is a naturally occurring phenomenon in the cigar-aging process. Oils that exude from the tobacco in a …