Glossary of Cigar Terms

Wheel

A bundle of 100 cigars. Cigar rollers usually use ribbon to tie the cigars they produce into wheels. These are also known as ruedas.

Wilting

Allowing stalk-cut tobacco to sit on the ground in the sun after chopping (see photo). The wilted tobacco is then speared on a lathe and …

Wooden Match

The best type of match for lighting a cigar. The longer the wood, the easier it is to light your smoke. In this video, Gordon Mott explains …

Wrapper

A high-quality tobacco leaf wrapped around the finished bunch and binder of a handmade, premium cigar. Wrapper leaves need to be coddled …

Yankee Hinge

Long, narrow boards on the side of a tobacco curing barn that run vertically and are hinged at the top. These are found on tobacco barns in …

Zafadores
zaf-uh-doors | noun

The Cuban term for workers who sort cigar tobacco. In a cigar factory, tobacco leaves are sorted in many ways, including type of tobacco, …