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Sunday Cigar Glossary
A Straight Flush of Cigars, Photography by Amon Focus

Air Curing: An Open barn that allows air to flow through it in order to dry the leaves that were primed from the fields. Air Curing is a necessary part of the cigar making process.

Aromatics:  The level of Aroma or smell that is incorporated with a taste. Aromatics in tobacco can indicate things such as how young tobacco is and how aggressive it can be. The aromatics for tobacco that has age to it has more subtlety. Aromatics are as important as taste in certain situations.

Attention Getter: A cigar that pleasantly surprises a person and causes a memorable experience. A unique cigar with unique flavor notes.

A Well Composed Cigar: A cigar that is consistent and has a lot of flavor to offer. The composition and construction of the cigar is identical from one cigar to the next in the product line.

Betune: Sugar water thats sprayed onto the tobacco while its being “worked” or after Fermentation. It adds a slight sweetness to the cigar. 

Binder: Tobacco or Tobaccos that are directly under the wrapper tobacco. The Binder is more rustic than the wrapper tobacco and is a very important ingredient for every cigar.

Body/Shaft: Long part of the cigar.

Boutique Brands: Limited production brands that specialize in a specific market. In cigars there are a few boutique brands and a lot of big brands that disguise themselves as boutique. A niche part of the market, Boutique brands always incorporate a cigar line that tends to be hard to obtain because of availability. 

Boveda: These Packs have been around for about 10 years and have been the standard in two way humidification. The packs are different than crystals and sponges that work with humidifiers because the Boveda packs work off how much humidity is needed at any given moment. Crystals and sponges are designed to dispel humidity with no sense of stop. When Boveda packs are in an environment where the humidity is idea and constant, they go idle until fresh air in reintroduced into the environment again.  Highly recommend.

Boxed Pressed: When a cigar is pressed using a cubic molds instead of cylinder molds. Its usually rolled accordion style to ensure accurate tobacco placement of Wrapper, Binder and Filler.

Buncher: The person at a cigar factory responsible for bunching up the filler tobaccos in a specific way. The person must ensure that there are chambers of air through out the bunch in order for the cigar to smoke well. The buncher then places the bunches in to the molds. The Buncher may also be responsible for applying the binder before the roller places the wrapper tobacco on a cigar.

Cap: The circular part of a cigar that covers the top of the cigar. When cutting a cigar you want to remove the cap.

Cap Line: When looking closely to a cigar you can always see the lines that separate the cap tobacco from the shoulders and body. It’s an indicator as the best place to cut the cigar.

Candela/Double Claro Wrapper: During the air curing process that tobacco undergoes, the tobacco goes from a yellow, to a green then to a brown color. A candela or a Double claro wrapper is created by yielding the curing process. If a person were to remove a wrapper tobacco from curing while its in the “Green” state of development, it will then keep that color and taste. The taste can be described as dry hay. The wrapper also becomes thinner from lack of being “worked”. A lot of cigars were made this way during the turn of the century. They’re still being made today with aged binder and fillers to give the cigars complexity.

Canoeing: When a cigar burns unevenly due to the way it’s lit or the disproportionate in distribution of tobacco in the actual cigar.

Cantaloupe Juice: A taste that has a faint sweetness. Refreshing but not a nectar of a drink. 

Casa de Tobacco: The open barn is called a Casa de Tabacco. The premise of the barn is to allow air flow to gently and naturally dry the tobacco enough to usher it into the fermentation process. The tobacco is not to overly dried out as it will then lose elasticity. 

Cedar Spill- Cedar: Wood broken down to about the size of a popsicle stick. The slender sticks are used to light cigars. The aromatics of cedar combustion helps the smoker have a more inviting introduction into the cigar. 

Cigar Beetles: With any time produce is grown, there’s a danger of insects. Cigar Beetles lurk in cigars but can only hatch if there are poor measures in the growth, aging processes or stored in a place above 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Cigar Beetles only eat tobacco and can eat through and entire cigar collection if not eliminated. It is possible to smoke a cigar with a newly hatched beetle, it can leave a bitter taste if it were to happen. Cigar beetles leave perfect holes that can be seen on the wrapper. Rule of thumb to prevent cigar beetles is to freeze Cuban cigars after acquisition. Cuban cigars and cigars from low grade factories tend to have cigar beetles as all of the big names out of the Caribbean, central and South America have strict growing and aging rules to prevent cigar beetles. 

Cigar Dossier: A Cigar journal that one can write notes of descriptions on cigars. The format allows the owner to place cigar bands in certain areas for reference. Its a great way to keep note of things a smoker notices during an experience. The idea is to go back and check the notes over time. To be able to add anecdotal information on each cigar a person smokes.

Cigar Industry: Small. Tight knit. Factories, cigar makers, Brands and publications all of which make their livelihood from selling cigars.

Cigar Saver: A cylinder shaped tube that is designed to hold a recently smoked cigar. It can be made of metal or plastic. 

Claro Wrapper: Light Tan, just out of being green. 

Closed foot: Instead of the foot of the cigar being open where the smoker can see the filler tobacco, its closed. The closure is made from an elongated wrapper leaf that covers the foot. You can still toast a closed foot, it just take longer. The design is to have a longer start up while lighting up the cigar.

Closing of a Cigar: A cigar is designed to have a beginning middle and end. The closing of the is when a person is finishing the cigars. The finishing notes are usually different than the beginning and middle.

The Closer/Sand Man: The Closer is who or what causes the end of a game. In a Baseball game a guy like Mariano Rivera was known as the Sand Man. The Sand Man, the mythical character that puts people to bed. You can call on a relief pitcher or you can call on the closer.“More than the relief pitcher, I’m the closer. The Mariano of the Mariot. If money talks the whole world bout’ to hear me out” – Jay-Z Go Crazy

Collaboration of Taste: A combining of flavors that happens when a person is smoking and mixing it with drinking or eating. The combination of flavors spreading over each other. All flavors playing a role in how a new taste is introduced. Any change can lead to a new possibility and the possibilities are endless. 

Combustion: Burning throughout the course of contact with oxygen. 

A Complex Smoke: A cigar that has some changes from the beginning through out the course of the smoke. The changes can range from bitter to sweet and all taste in between.

Connecticut Broadleaf: Tobacco grown in the state of Connecticut. Broadleaf is usually on the bottom of the tobacco plant making it a mild leaf in the sense of Nicotine. Connecticut Broadleaf is used by 95% of the cigar industry in the non-Cuban world. 

Connecticut broadleaf wrapper:   In the valleys of Connecticut one can find some the most beautiful tobacco in the world. Broadleaf refers to lower priming or leaf position thats popular for creating milder wrappers. Wrappers that are mild in strength have to be taken care of like babies at birth. The Connecticut broadleaf is a big leaf that allows a cultivator to produce a lot of wrapper tobacco. About 96% of non-Cuban brands use Connecticut Broadleaf in their blends.

Continuity: When the follow through of the composition makes sense. Start, Middle and end.

The Corojo Flower: Originally grown in Cuba. The seeds have been spread all over the tobacco growing world creating many different varietals. Honduran Corojo is one of the most famous in modern day blending. The Camacho Family have elevated the Cuban Corojo in Honduras for decades. 

Creamy:(pause) Means a balanced taste that is on the cusp of being indescribable. 

Criollo: Like the Corojo is a seed varietal that originated in Cuba. A lot of different cigar countries use Criollo as it has a peppery taste that goes well with other types of tobacco. Criollo 98’ is one of the most popular.

Crowd Pleaser: A cigar that’s easy to pass around during a social event. Flavor profiles that do not have too many sharp edges. Usually Mild to medium in strength.

A Cuban Cut: A slight angled cut to the cap where its almost on the side of the cap line.

Curvature: There are many ways to say different things that involve our senses. Curvature in the sense of taste refers to progression through combustion. A cigar that has a round disposition with a build up and a finish. No sharpness in the taste. 

Curvature to the Blend: When blending a cigar or picking out which increments of different types of leaves the blender will choose; there’s foresight on what the taste will build into. When a blend has a smooth delivery and has some kind of taste change or intensity change this can be defined as curvature. No sharp angles or turns.

Cylinder: A shape that is resembles a bar with no angles. If a cigar is a cylinder shape, its called a Parejo.

Density: It can refer to physical properties of the cigar in weight and shape. It can also refer to how thick the smoke is.

Dipping the Cigar: People tend to dip the cap of a cigar in alcohol. Bourbon, Whiskey, cognac etc. it can change the cigars combustion and is not recommended for optimal enjoyment. In my humble opinion it’s like putting an aged steak cooked to perfection in your bourbon. 

Disposition: The way a tobacco starts to smoke. Its subtlety, its complexity, its combustion. How is the smoke being introduced on to the palette? What kind of affect does it have? In every introduction a cigar makes on to a smoker’s palette, there is a break down of whats happening. The taste buds at first act separately to individually define the notes and quickly stimulates a change reaction. From the first puff up until the ash starts to form, we’re gathering data on what the cigar is currently tasting like and its potential through out the smoke. Some cigars are aggressive with the introduction, incorporating peppery or saltier notes. Some have a sweeter introduction do not have any bitter or acidic notes. The disposition is the way the cigar makes its introduction on to our palettes. 

Divino/Perfecto: Divine in Spanish is often used in the cigar industry as a name sake. In this case the Divino is referring to a perfecto shape. A perfecto shape is tapered off on both ends of the cigar

Dog Walker: A Term for a small cigar usually a petite corona or short robusto. In 2010 I was using this term for cigars I would smoke during the winter while walking my dog. 

Easy Draw: Easy to pull smoke from. Not too airy but not too restrictive.

Entry of the Cigar: The part of the introduction where taste buds are still trying to understand when the tastes being introduced are. Some parts of our palettes are stimulated and others are not. How a person lights his/her cigar can affect the entry of the cigar as well. If the burn is not unified then it takes longer for the smoke to identify itself to our taste buds.

Fast Combustion: The thinner the leaf the slower the combustion. Some blends are designed to be quick smokes. Usually away from the fuller bodied, stronger cigars that would incorporate thicker leaves. 

Fermentation: For Tobacco it means placing the tobacco in 3 foot pillions and allowing heat, weight and pressure to sweat out the excess byproduct. This process is repeated for about 6-8 weeks at a time before the tobacco rests. Fermentation usually happens after Air Curing the tobacco. Through fermentation, sugars surface, tobacco becomes darker and nicotine positions itself in a central part of the tobacco.

Filler: Tobaccos that make up the space in the circumference of every premium cigar. Proportion wise the filler should take up most of the cigar and creates the flow of combustion. Usually the Filler is what takes up the most capacity and usually the most rustic. 

Finesse Driven: When a well aged cigar has soo much balance that it does not have any bitter notes. Each note is richer than the last.

Finishing: The lasting notes a cigar has left on the palette. Its the note that can be noticed the most after smoking.

Floral Presence: A combination of taste and aromatics that have a rosey or flowery presence. 

Foot: Bottom of the cigar where the cigar is to be lit by a flame. 

Foot Band: Cigar band thats located at the foot of the cigar. Usually For packing purposes in order to ensure that the cigar doesn’t crack. Also a decorative presentation for a cigar. There are cigars which only have a foot band.

The Frequency of Smoke: It’s always easier to understand something over time. The more a person does something, the more used to doing it. The same goes for smoking especially when it comes to how often time is invested in it. The more frequent someone smokes, the more familiar they’ll be with the start, middle and end of a cigar. The type of cigar the person tends to elevate to will depend on frequency of smoke.

Gavillas: Once the Tobacco leaves is primed or picked from the flower step. They are hung in the Curing barn to allow air to pass through the leaves. They’re tied together 5 to 10 leaves at a time into groups of the same classification of leaves. The idea is to tie them by the leave’s central vein. The Gavillas are then hung up in the barn to allow the curing process to take place

The Golfer: A Cigar that’s preferable on the golf course is something that’s not too strong. People tend to forget that if you’re doing something physical like swinging a golf club, you shouldn’t be smoking a strong cigar. The size of a cigar is up to the individual but keep in mind that having something that longer than 6 inches is going to lead to canoeing of some kind. Golf courses tend to be open spaces where the breeze flows through, this breeze can affect the combustion of the cigar.

Heavy Draw: When it takes some effort to pull the smoke out of a cigar and the smoke is heavy and dense.

Herfs: When adults gather at a specific place and exchange cigars with one another. Its a subculture of cigars that builds a lot of friendships.

Hole burn: A small hole that appears before the main combustion has reached that far up the body of the cigar.

Homogenized Tobacco: Chopped up tobacco that is mixed with Water and turned into a Paste. Its then dried and cut into appropriate sizes.

Jalapa: Jalapa Valley is in Central Nicaragua and is one of the most famous valleys. Managua and Esteli are the other two famous valleys in Nicaragua. 

Just Shut Up and Smoke: Pay attention to the cigar and not to the conversation. Sometimes in order to enjoy a cigar, the less thats spoken the better.

Lieberman Method/Machine: Although premium cigars are handmade 100% there are a few tools that help the process. The Lieberman Method is when you use a manual belt that helps shape the binder and filler before applying the wrapper at a cigar factory. 

Ligero: The leaves that grow under the flower and get the most sun (because of its high up position on the plant) and the most Nicotine being that the leaves are closest to the flower. Ticker leaf, slower combustion. Strongest in Nicotine. 

A Linear smoke: A balanced cigar that does not have a lot of turns or changes through out the progression of the smoke. A cigar that has little to no complexity.

Listening to the Cigar:  A language thats nonverbal but very important. Keep the distractions minimal. Listen with your sense of taste, sense of smell. Take time before making an assessment. See how the cigar treats the experience. If someone is in tune with a cigar, the person will know when is too much and when its time to put it down. The person absorbing the taste can then make the assessment on what type of conversation the cigar is having.

Maduro: With Maturation there are levels of how long something was fermented and cured for. For a Maduro tobacco it means elongating that process. The more its elongated, the darker the tobacco gets. The sweeter and stronger. Classifications for a Maduro are – Colorado Maduro (Reddish dark), Maduro (Dark brown), Oscuro (Almost Black).

Maduro Wrapper: A Mature wrapper. Maturity comes with age and to create a Maduro wrapper a factory must do just that. After the tobacco goes through the curing process, it’s fermented. Elongating the fermentation process is what creates a Maduro wrapper. During Fermentation the tobacco which are tied together in “gavillas” of about 5 leaves at a time, is put into pylons 3 feet tall. These pylons are put into humid and hot rooms so that the ammonium byproduct gets sweated out. The pressure and heat that the leaves are under while at the bottom of these pylons gives them a darker look. The pylon is rotated every 3 weeks to make sure all the tobacco gets the same treatment.

Master Blender: The person(s) responsible for creating Cigar blends or cigars. The Master Blender has to be able to project and sometimes predict what a finish product will taste like with tobacco that has not aged yet. A Master Blender is also responsible for creating the formula of tobacco materials per cigar. All the ratios of tobacco and how much each leaf contributes to the finished product.

Maturation: There’s a term in tobacco where we say “The tobacco should be worked”. That means eliminating the excess byproduct that comes with growing tobacco. Maturation is the process of working the tobacco so that it yields the best results over time. Making sure the curing process was not rushed. Leaving the tobacco for ample time to cure. During fermentation, allowing the tobacco to sweat a lot out. Finally letting the tobacco rest. In bales or pillions under a constant environment. Maturation in a finished product will always show in how easy going the tobacco is in combustion as well as taste. It is Key to a cigar’s longevity and shelf life. 

Mild/Medium/Full Bodied Cigars: As a posed to flavor strength is a very important factor when it comes to cigars. A Medium bodied cigar is for people who smoke frequently (once a week). The idea is that the nicotine content can affect the experience and sometimes it becomes too much to handle. A Mild cigar is a cigar with a low amount of Nicotine. People Mistake flavor for the body of the cigar a lot during conversations and they describe two different variables.

Multidimensional: A Cigar that has different types of flavor notes through the course of combustion. Changes in ways that intrigue the mind.

Nasal Palette: Our Nose and nasal passages are reactive to aroma and create a bridge between smells and taste. The deeper an aroma penetrates the nasal passages the more detailed the message sent from the cavity to your brain is and the more descriptive the smell/taste. The aspect of what types of aromas hit which part of the nasal cavity is where the Palette term comes in. 

Nicotine poisoning: Nicotine can have over bearing affects on our bodies. Nicotine from cigars is usually absorbed by our salivary glands. Once inhaled the affects of nicotine can be overwhelming. Lowers blood pressure, causes nausea and can create an immobilizing feeling. When affected one should place sugar underneath the tongue. The sugar raises blood pressure. Takes about 20 minutes to recover.

Non-Vintage Product: A product thats designed the same way with the same or very similar details. It can be remade with small changes. The idea is that the product must be made the same way over time. Some products are made specifically for their time period. A non-vintage product is made for every time period.

Not designed to inhale: Most machine made cigars do not have an actual wrapper tobacco placed on it. The tobacco is homogenized meaning that its made from cut up tobacco thats turned to paste and dried. These sheets are made to look like an actual cigar wrapper. Its still tobacco that has low nicotine content. These are not created to be inhaled. When people break down a Philly Blunt, place Marijuana in it and smoke the contents; the person is inhaling tobacco. Cigar tobacco is not created to be inhaled. The nicotine is strong.

Oily Wrapper: The elasticity a wrapper tobacco has is about how its cured and fermented. As the wrapper sits, resting or aging the wrapper can be chalky, dry or oily. An oily wrapper shows off a sheen on the outside of the cigar. When aging the oils can dry up and crystallize becoming Plume. 

Pairing: The act of combining two or more elements that contribute to a sensation. The sensation is to have some kind of a marriage or rhythm to create an enjoyable experience. For Example: You can pair a cigar with bourbon, you can also pair a cigar with chocolate. The combinations are endless but a perfect pairing is a combination that creates synchronicity. 

Palette: Term is taken from the art world. A paint palette is the tray that has grooves to hold certain colors in it. The tongue and our receiver of taste breaks down into different zones that resemble the grooves. Our Tongue’s receptors pick up salty, sweet, bitter and acid notes and our brains translate what we feel into vocabulary. 

Palette Cleansing: To Wash Away all of the previous tastes from your tastebuds. Sometimes too many taste can distract and hide certain tastes.

Parejo ( Pa-re-ho): A cigar that’s a cylinder shape with no closes on the foot or head of the cigar. One open end, one closed end.

Perfecto: A cigar Shape that refers to it being closed on both ends. The shape of a football is a perfecto in cigar terms.

Plume: Oils of the cigar surfaces creating crystallization on the surface of the wrapper. Think of it as sweat that dries up around a person’s face after a work out. That salty film is similar to plume.

A Pointed Lance: A cigar thats similar to a perfecto but has a wide flat head and cap. The foot is tapered off to a small ring gage.

Premium Cigar: A cigar created by using long filler tobacco that’s hand made. Age and rarity are the most important variables when thinking of a premium cigar.

Priming: When a tobacco flower is growing the leave’s positioning tell the growers when its time to pick them off and get them ready for curing. The leaves start out limp and slowly gain strength from the stem into the leaves. When the leaves are holding up in similar way of a person holding their arms out at their sides. If the Leaves are picked before being ready it would compromise every other process there after because the leaves wont be “workable” or would be easier to break/ tear while being worked. 

Pro Cigar Festival: A Week long Festival in the Dominican Republic which takes place in February. Its designed to educated consumers while introducing new cigars to the market from the best Cigar makers in The Dominican Republic. Those involved usually put a Pro Cigar Seal on their cigar boxes as a Quality seal.

Purple smoke: A clear sign of an aged cigar is purple smoke. The more age a cigar has the more apparent its purple smoke will appear during combustion. 

Respect the Cigar: Respect for a pass time is not just about your level of enjoyment with something. Its about how you treat or prepare for when you do partake in such an experience. Its about taking the proper precautions to make sure optimal enjoyment is achieved. Know how to cut, how to light, how to accompany a cigar. An awareness for how much work has gone into something before its consumed. To respect its time. 

Retrohale: Taking in the smoke and passing it through your nasal cavities. It delivers the true strength of the cigar. 

Ring Gage: A measurement used to measure the radius of a cigar. Measured in 64ths of an inch. Meaning that a cigar that is a 64 ring gage is an inch in diameter.

Robusto: A Cigar Size that can range in ring gage usually 50-54, 5-5.75 inches long. 

Roundness: How smooth something is on your sensory glands. Our tongues pick up every bit of taste from smoke so to describe something as round means that the taste stayed clear of being bitter or acid.

Runner or Zipper Burn: When a cigar burns evenly except for one side that keeps creating a zipper like crack of combustion leading up the shaft of the cigar. 

Salivary Glands: The small bubble like features on our tongues that pick up all the flavor of everything we eat, drink or smoke. It’s also how nicotine is absorbs into the body as it’s not inhaled. 

Seasoning a humidor: When a humidor is new the wood inside needs to be conditioned to be able to repel humidity on to the cigars. The idea is to take the time to break it in. A boveda seasoning pack of 84% for 3-4 weeks with out opening the humidor will work. Some people like to wipe a damp cloth all over the inside of the humidor. The problem is that humidity has to be slowly introduced for the wood to adjust. The wood will first absorb humidity, reach a point where it holds humidity and then repel humidity. 

Seed Varietals: Tobacco leaves grow from flowers. The best flowers are allowed to grow and produce more seeds. Seeds from a flowers are planted to grow more flowers. Some are grown to cross pollinate and create a new flower. Planting seeds in different regions create new seed varietals as well. For example: If a farmer plants a Seed that comes from a Cuban tobacco flower in Connecticut. The marriage of environment/ Soil and a flower that has not been grown in Connecticut makes for a new creation or varietal.

Slow combustion: The thicker the leaf the slower the combustion. Depending on the blend, some cigars are created to combust slower than others. Slow combustion can also happen in colder environments and damp weather.

Sharpness: The Opposite of round. It’s when the smoke goes straight to the bitter and acid parts of a person’s palette. 

Shit Sandwich Breath: The breath a cigar smoker has when he/she wakes up the next day after a night of smoking.

Short Filler Tobacco: Short filler is chopped up tobacco or cuts from unused parts of long filler projects. The excess tobacco that is not used for a premium is all gathered, sorted and used for machine made cigars or short filler projects. Some short filler projects incorporate a hand rolled wrapped placed on short filler.

Shotgunning/Machine-gunning: Constantly puffing a cigar and not allowing it to combust naturally. Burn in a cigar should happen gradually and not be rushed. Once the cigar is smoked in a rush it can break apart as a result. It can also alter the taste and progression of the cigar.

Sorullos: Single leaf roll ups of a component of a cigar. It can be wrapper, it can be binder and it could be made up of Filler tobacco. The idea of a sorullo is to understand what each component tastes like.

Stem Line: The stem of a Tobacco leaf is at the very center of the leaf. This stem is removes and each side of the leaf is used as a component in a cigar. 

Taste: Flavor. Flavor notes. Aroma. Salivary triggers. Texture on tastebuds. Activation of taste buds.

The Thinker: A cigar that has levity and creates a silent environment. Being enthralled by the cigar so much that it causes the smoker to reflect. 

 Time and Timing: When it comes to enjoying a cigar, its all about time and timing. To have the ability to enjoy a smoking experience with out rushing. Time is a luxury and timing is important when it comes to enjoyment. Time and timing are what cigar growing is also all about. A lot of variables can change the trajectory of how a cigar grows and its potential.

Torch: A lighter that has an active flame and is not a soft flame. Single torch lighters are precise, double and triple torch lighters can start a cigar faster.

Torpedo, Pyramid, Belicoso: A cigar that’s closed with a point on one end and open at the foot. The names all refer to how a factory defines it.

Toasting the Foot: Using fire to slightly burn the foot of a cigar without allowing the flame to burn the body/ shaft. It might mean dancing a flame close to the foot of the cigar to ensure that only some of the flame touches the foot. Once the bottom or foot of the cigar are charred, the continuation of combustion in the foot will allow the cigar to burn evenly. Toasting the foot will ensure that the cigar does not burn unevenly.

Triple Maduro: A Maduro incorporates elongating the fermentation process to maximize the sweetness and eliminate the excessive byproduct in tobacco. A triple Maduro is when the process is done for Wrapper, Binder and Fillers. A triple Maduro is usually Medium to Full if not Full bodied in strength. 

Tunneling: When a cigar burns hot in the middle and cool on the outter layers of wrapper and binders. This usually means that the buncher while constructing the cigar, positioned the slower burning increments too close together on the outter layers and faster burning increments to close to the center.

Twang: The mix between bitter and acidic profiles splashing on to one’s palette at the same time. The brain takes a bit longer to identify such a taste.

Unscented Butane: Lighting a cigar with different types of lighting mechanisms will always change the flavor of the cigar. Unscented Butane is the lighter fluid thats used with most torch lighters. The idea is avoid transference of chemical flavor on to the cigar.

V Cut: A cut used on cigars that incorporates a cat’s eye shape as an incision on the cap. The V- cut usually cuts below the cap line but can preserve parts of the cap. People use a V cut to funnel the smoke through the cigar as the cap is not completely removed.

Viso: Middle position on the plant where the tobacco is not mild nor is it strong like Ligero.

Walk-In humidor etiquette: At a retail location, its normal for the business to have tobacconist curating the experience. The walk-in humidor is built with a system in mind to be beneficial for every particular type of Brick and mortor. How the product is displayed, what the experience entails and who you speak with on the staff to help your decision. The client should be valued at every encounter in a walk-in and there are unwritten rules that the client should be aware of. Putting cigars in one’s nose is seriously frowned upon. Its always kind to ask if you can smoke in the humidor in case the retailer does not allow it. The client should not have a negative attitude about being helped especially in places with a full staff. The staff’s job and at times the law is to be in the humidor with every single person that walks into the humidor.

A Well Composed Cigar: A cigar that is consistant and has a lot of flavor to offer. The composition and construction of the cigar is identical from one cigar to the next in the product line.

Wrapper: The Tobacco on the outside layer of the cigar. The most visible to a consumer and the most sensitive to grown.

Juan Sanchez loves cigars and has learned quite a bit on the subject. A consumer of Knowledge and a place holder for Random facts. How did Tom Hagen die in the Godfather? Yea, He knows how.

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Rocky Patel Grand Reserve

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Rocky Patel Grand Reserve

Cigar Details

Wrapper: Undisclosed
Binder: Undisclosed
Filler: Undisclosed

In this recap of the season we talk about Amon’s Cigaragua experience, lighting a cigar, helping combustion, passion, customer service, cigar ettiequte when entering a humidor, duty free, Hand Rolled: A Film About Cigars, Lost City (film), Grand Closing as well as Cigars and Therapy.

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My Father Le Bijou

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My Father Le Bijou, Photography by Amon Focus

Cigar Details

Wrapper: Habano Oscuro/Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

The My Father Le Bijou is one of my favorite go to medium to full bodied cigars on the planet. Top 5 in my book. Not only is the cigar great but it ages fantastically. This is a complex smoke and one of the first few cigars that I discussed with Amon. I had given him an aged My Father Limited Edition 2010 in about 2014/15 I believe. Don Pepin, Jaime, Janny Garcia are some of the most beautiful people I have ever met. They know how to make great cigars. The Le Bijou has this silky smooth wrapper thats unmatched. The binder and filler are peppery but not overbearing. The progression and smoothness that it finishes off with is impecable. In body and in strength this cigar builds up so you have to make sure you have had a full meal. Their product and Brands are strong and are always consistent. This was fun and special to be able to record this experience.

In this episode we talk about the My Father Le Bijou cigar, foot bands on a cigar also known as secondary bands, Grand Robusto, strong cigars and pairing cigars with wine.

If there are words or terms that you’re unfamiliar within this episode, we highly recommend you check out the Sunday Cigar Glossary.

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Alec Bradley Mundial

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Alec Bradley Mundial, Photography by Amon Focus

Cigar Details

Wrapper: Honduran
Binder: Honduran/ Nicaraguan
Filler: Honduras/ Nicaraguan

Alec Bradley is a brand in Cigars that has grown its own identity over time. Allen Rubin has done a good job of spreading the portfolio in to an intricate spectrum of taste. The Mundial is no different. The subtlety complex and progressive nature of the perfecto made me a fan early on.

Alec Bradley which is named after Allen’s children (Alec and Bradley) who are now young adults has created interesting blends with interesting vitolas. Reminiscent of the Tempus that AB created a half a decade earlier; its notes are of dark chocolate and pepper.

I had an opportunity to smoke with Allen in 2015 when he partnered with Mickey Blakes in Milford Connecticut. My boy Luis Rodriguez invited me up and I was honored to be in attendance. It was an amazing event with a packed house of about 250 people. After the event we hung out, had drinks and cigars. As the night went on and drinks were had, Allen opened up about his perspective of the industry and about the future. It wasn’t on a soap box or an inspirational speech, it was about how easy it is to lose our industry. Although I can’t remember a lot of what he actually said, when he spoke no one interrupted. We all nodded in agreement every time he made a point. It felt like a mob scene when the head of the outfit is talking and his organization are gathered around him like mannequins.

The sun came up and we all looked at each other in amazement that it was light out. We had gone 12 hours between the event and hanging. Guys from different walks of life who were fortunate enough to be under the same roof at the same time, smoking cigars and enjoying spirits.

In this episode we talk about attractive cigar bands, cutting the cigar, the Cuban cut, taste, what we pick up, pairing and hanging out with Allen Rubin at Mickey Blakes staff.

If there are words or terms that you’re unfamiliar within this episode, we highly recommend you check out the Sunday Cigar Glossary.

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