Glossary of Cigar Terms

Face

The side of a cigar that is banded. Cigars are made by hand, so one side might look better than the other. The color sorter selects the …

Federal Excise Tax

The tax paid to the U.S. government on cigars as they are brought into the United States. This tax is paid by the importer, and is …

Fermentation

Perhaps the most important step in preparing cigar tobacco for smoking. After harvest, workers gather the tobacco leaves in large bulks …

Figurado
Fig-Yer-Ah-Dough | noun

Any cigar that isn’t straight sided (see photo). This group includes belicosos, torpedos, pyramids, perfectos and culebras. The other type …

Filete
Fill-EH-Tay | noun

The decorative trimming that runs along each edge of a cigar dress box. Also called trim.

Filler

The individual tobacco leaves used in the body of the cigar. The filler leaves are held together by the bunch. A fine cigar usually …

Finca
Fin-Kah | noun

A farm.

Finish

A tasting term. It refers to the taste that lingers on your palate after a puff. Mild cigars do not have much finish, either in terms of …

Firemen

The workers in a tobacco curing barn that monitor conditions when gas or charcoal burners are being used to increase barn temperatures …

Firm

A term used to describe the draw of a cigar, or how the air moves through the cigar. A firm draw means extra effort is required to get the …

Flag Tip

An extension of the wrapper leaf shaped to finish the head of a cigar; used instead of a cap. Flags are sometimes tied off in a pigtail …

Foil

An eye-catching and practical element added to certain cigars. Cigars could be individually wrapped in gold or silver foil for protection, …