Cigar Aficionado

Glossary of Cigar Terms

Salomon
Sal-Oh-Mon | noun

A member of the diadema group of cigars, a Salomon is a very large figurado with pointed, tapered heads and bulbous feet with a nipple tip …

San Andres Negro

A stalk-cut variety of tobacco grown in Mexico’s San Andres Valley. It makes superb maduro leaf and is used around the cigarmaking world.

San Vincente
San Vee-Sen-Tay | noun

A tobacco hybrd grown in the Dominican Republic. San Vicente plants yield more leaves than Piloto Cubano (Cuban seed) plants, but purists …

Sand Leaf

The tiny leaves that grow at the lowest level of tobacco on a plant. Sand leaf is often not used, and discarded. It also goes by the name …

Santiago
Sahn-Tee-AH-Go | noun

The heart of Dominican cigar production.

Sarta

A string used to hold tobacco in place in less sophisticated tobacco curing barns.

SCHIP

The $32.8 billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Care Initiative, which was funded by an increase in the federal excise tax on …

Scissors

An elegant tool for cutting cigars (see photo). A pair of fine cigar scissors lacks portability, and can be hard to master at first, but …

Seco
Seck-Oh | noun

Seco is the mildest grade of filler tobacco. It is also the thinnest. Viso is stronger and thicker, and ligero is the strongest, thickest …

Seedbed

The part of a farm where tobacco seedlings are grown. These are also known as canteros . Traditionally seedbeds were planted directly in …

Seedling

Tobacco seeds are planted to create seedlings. In about 60 days, a seed will turn into a seedling a few inches tall that's ready to plant. …

Semi Boite Nature

A plain cedar cigar box that has two rear hinges and a brooch style clasp.