A cigar is a rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco leaves made to be smoked. They are produced in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Since the 20th century, almost all cigars are made up of three distinct components: the filler, the binder leaf which holds the filler together, and a wrapper leaf, which is often the best leaf used. Often there will be a cigar band printed with the cigar manufacturer’s logo. Modern cigars often come with 2 bands, especially Cuban Cigar bands, showing Limited Edition (Edición Limitada) bands displaying the year of production.

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Anatomy of a Cigar

CAP – The cap of the cigar is the piece of tobacco applied to the head of a cigar to prevent the wrapper from unraveling. The cap is the part of the cigar that you will cut when starting the ritual of a cigar.
BODY – The Body is the majority of the cigar. This is the portion of the cigar that is between the Head and Foot. The Body of each cigar is made of three main layers. These layers are Filler, Binder, and Wrapper.
FILLER – Filler is the tobacco leaves in the center of the cigar. This is what makes up the blend of the cigar.
BINDER – The Binder is a piece of tobacco that does what it is titled. This binds the filler tobacco. This is the piece of tobacco that is between the filler and the wrapper. Once the binder is applied, the cigar is placed in a form to give it shape before the wrapper is applied.
WRAPPER – The Wrapper is the outside of the cigar. Superior grade tobacco is used as the wrapper of the cigar. Even though it is widely debated, I am a believer that the majority of a cigars flavor comes from the wrapper leaf.
FOOT – The Foot of the cigar is the end of the cigar that you light.

Cigar Color Guide

Common Cigar Sizes, Shapes & Colors

Mini Cigarillo


Size:
Anything smaller than 6×29 

Body Style: Cigarillo

Smoke Time: 10 minutes
 

Petit Edmundo 


Size:
4.3×52 (nubby) 

Body Style: Parejo 

Smoke Time: 45 minutes 

Robusto


Size:
5×50

Body Style: Parejo 

Smoke Time: 40 minutes 

Perfecto


Size:
6×52

Body Style: Perfecto 

Smoke Time: 35 minutes 

Perla


Size:
~4×42 

Body Style: Parejo 

Smoke Time: 35 minutes 

Petit Robusto


Size:
4×50 (nubby) 

Body Style: Parejo 

Smoke Time: 40 minutes 

Laguito No. 3 


Size:
4.5×26 (slim) 

Body Style: Parejo 

Smoke Time: 40 minutes 

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