Glossary of Cigar Terms

Blend

The mixture of different types of tobacco in a cigar, including up to five types of filler leaves, one or two binder leaves and an outer …

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.

Boncheros

Bon-chair-os | Noun

Trained factory workers who roll filler tobacco into binder leaves to form a bonche , or bunch.

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 …