Glossary of Cigar Terms

Cabinet Selection

A form of cigar packaging in wooden boxes (typically made of Spanish cedar) with sliding tops, designed to hold 25 or 50 cigars, often …

Calfrisa
Cowl-FREE-Suh | noun

An advanced, sealed tobacco curing barn with a system of ductwork that creates steady, predictable temperatures and humidity. The system …

Cameroon

A country in West Africa known for growing toothy, dark wrapper tobacco. Tobacco grown in the neighboring Central African Republic is also …

Candela
Can-Dell-Uh | Noun

A green shade of wrapper tobacco (see photo), achieved by a heat-curing process that fixes the chlorophyll content of the wrapper while …

Candle

Something you should never use to light your cigar, as the wax particles can foul your smoke. It’s perfectly acceptable to use a candle to …

Canoeing

A flaw in a cigar’s burn, in which a narrow strip burns quicker than the rest of the cigar, making a burnout canoe effect.

Cañonazo
Can-Yoo-Nah-So | Noun

A fat cigar size from Cuba, the cañonazo is known as a cannon shot. The size measures 5 7/8 inches by 52 ring, and was first used to …

Cantero
Can-Tear-Oh | Noun

A term for a seedbed, the part of a farm where tobacco seedlings are grown. These are also known as canteros. Traditionally seedbeds were …

Cap

A piece of wrapper leaf placed at the head, or top, of the cigar to secure the wrapper. Caps come in a variety of forms. Cuban-style caps …

Capa

The cigar’s wrapper, or outer leaf.

Capote
Kah-POH-Tay | noun

Capote 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 …

Carbon
Car-BONE | Noun

The Spanish word for charcoal, and the names given the pits dug into some curing barns to put small piles of charcoal that are burned …