Glossary of Cigar Terms

Tabaquero
Tah-Bah-KYER-Oh | noun

A Cuban term for a tobacco grower.

Tapacalvo
Tah-Pah-Clav-Oh | noun

A sticker or seal affixed on the edge of the box’s lid right over the nail. Part of the Tapaclavo is found stuck to the top of the outer …

Tapado
Tah-Pah-Dough | noun

A Spanish term for the tent under which shade-grown wrapper leaf is cultivated (see photo). The cover was traditionally made of cheesecloth…

Tasting Coordinator

The person at Cigar Aficionado who buys cigars at retail, removes them of their identifying bands, and codes them for blind testing. The …

Tax

Cigars are taxed at various rates, which are typically passed onto the consumer. All cigars sold in the United States are accessed a …

Temsco

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

Tercios
Ter-See-Ohs | noun

Large, palm bark-wrapped bales used for aging fermented cigar tobacco in some cigar factories. Photo by David Savona

Thirteen Toppers

A popular type of flat, rectangular cigar box with 13 cigars on top and 12 on the bottom, with a spacer. The boxes are typically closed …

Three-Seam Cap

A Cuban-style of cigar head, also known as a mounted head or triple cap. These heads are flat, and have three seams. This method is being …

Tobacco Beetle

A tobacco beetle is the scourge of cigar smokers. The beetles eat cigar tobacco, and although they are very small they can ruin a cigar …

Tobacco Bike

The name given to a bicycle used to roll up the cloth runner that stretches between rows of tobacco plants in certain Connecticut shade …

Tobacco Seed

A tiny object the size of a candy sprinkle, from which a tobacco plant will grow. A bottle cap worth of seeds can plant an entire cantero …