Homogenized Tobacco Leaf
A mixture of chopped scrap tobacco and a cellulose adhesive, which is extruded into a sheet that can be cut in any size, homogenized tobacco leaf (HTL) is scorned by purists. It’s found on many cheaper cigars that are made by machine. It was created in the 1950s as a way to cut costs in the cigar business. It can be used as wrapper or binder, and is not used on premium, handmade cigars.