Glossary of Cigar Terms

La Casa del Habano

A cigar store specializing in Cuban cigars. Habanos S.A., a Cuban company owned by the Cuban government, is a part owner in all La Casas.

Lance

A cutter with a pointed, sharp end used to pierce a small hole in the closed end of a cigar. Also called a piercer. Lances and piercers are …

Lancero
Lan-Sare-Oh | noun

A long, slim cigar that is part of the gran panetela family. The first lanceros were rolled at El Laguito in the 1960s with the creation of …

Larguero
Lar-Gwear-Oh | noun

The front side of a cigar box, which normally bears the brand name and other decorative elements. The country seal often wraps around from …

Lathe
Lay-thuh | noun

A wooden pole, also known as a cuje (COO-hey), used to hang freshly harvested tobacco leaves in a curing barn, or casa de tabacco …

Lector
Leck-Tour | noun

A person who reads to the cigar rollers while they work. This practice is no longer common, but still occurs in many Cuban cigar factories …

Libre de Pie
LEE-Bray Day Pee | noun

The tiny leaves that grow at the lowest level of tobacco on a plant. Libre de pie , or sand leaf,  is often not used, and discarded.

Lieberman

A hand-powered bunching machine device consisting of a leather pad, metal handle and guides that aids in the creation of the bunch. These …

Ligero
Lee-Gare-Oh | noun

One of the three basic grades of filler tobacco. Ligero is the strongest variety ( seco is the mildest, viso is stronger than seco but …

Lighter

A mechanism for lighting your cigar. Be sure to use a butane-powered lighter (see photo), as lighters that run on lighter fluid can taint …

Lighter Fluid

A petroleum distillate used primarily for wick lighters, also known as naptha. This fluid has an odor similar to gasoline, and lighters …

Long Filler

Filler tobacco consisting of whole leaves, which run the length of the body of the cigar, rather than chopped pieces (short filler) found …