Glossary of Cigar Terms

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 …

Box Pressed

The slightly squared appearance taken on by cigars that are packed tightly in a box, particularly a flat-top box. Montecristo No. 2s from …

Brooch

The clasp that secures many cigar box lids to the bottom portion of the box.

Brother of the Leaf

Brother of the leaf is a modern-day term, popularized on the Internet, to describe a fellow cigar smoker. It’s commonly shortened to BOTL.

Buckeye

A name used in the days before the Cuban Revolution to describe a small cigar factory in the United States. The term came from the …

Bulk

The term for a large pile of tobacco, arranged for fermentation. Bulks can be enormous, weighing 3,500 or even 4,000 pounds or more. After …

Bull's Eye Piercer

A device for opening the closed head of a cigar before smoking. It creates a circular opening like a target’s bull’s eye. It’s a type of …

Bullet Cutter

A type of punch cutter (see photo) used to open the closed head of a cigar before smoking. It creates a circular opening.

Bunch

The combination of filler (tripa) tobacco and a binder (banda). The bunch, after being placed in a mold, is then rolled with a wrapper leaf …

Buncher

A worker who makes the bunch of a cigar, the combination of filler and binder leaves. In many factories, the tasks of rolling and bunching …

Bunching Machine

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