Glossary of Cigar Terms

Blind Taste

A process of judging where the identity of the judged product is kept hidden from the taster. All of the tastings in Cigar Aficionado …

Bloom

Bloom, which is also called plume, is a naturally occurring phenomenon in the cigar-aging process. Oils that exude from the tobacco in a …

Blue Mold

Blue mold, or peronospara tabacina , is a fast moving, airborne fungus that can ruin a tobacco field in just a few days. It flourishes in …

Bofetón
Bo-Fuh-Tohn | Noun

The protective sheet of paper that folds over the top layer of cigars packaged in a dress box. It is usually glued to the inside of the box …

Boite Nature
BWAT Nah-churr | noun

The cedar box in which many cigars are sold. It has two rear hinges, a brooch-style clasp, four collars within the edges of the box and …

Bonao
Bone-OW | noun

An agricultural region in the Dominican Republic located about an hour’s drive from Santiago. The Bonao region was used for candela …

Bonche
Bon-Chay | Noun

Filler leaves are rolled together and wrapped with a binder leaf to form a cylindrical shape.

Booking

A rolling method by which the cigarmaker lays the filler leaves atop one another, so they resemble pages in a book, then rolls them up like …

Bouquet

Bouquet, or aroma, is the smell of a burning cigar. Great cigars typically have enticing aromas that perfume the room. Sometimes it’s …

Box

The container used to package most premium, handmade cigars. Some credit the start of the practice to Cuba’s H. Upmann brand in the early …

Box Aging

Box aging refers to the time a cigar spends in the box after being rolled, which improves the qualities of a cigar, much as a fine wine can …

Box Code

Oftentimes you can ascertain the age of a cigar by its box codes. Every Cuban cigar produced has a code at the bottom indicating the age of …