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Written by Daniel Lopez

Friday, 16 January 2009

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introwrapper Welcome back to another installment of a series on how to choose the cigar that is right for you. In our previous run, we discussed how the width of a cigar affects your overall smoking experience. In this article, we are going to look at the actual wrapper, and learn to tell how to properly gauge its attributes. We will also look at the different types of wrappers. There is a lot of ground to cover, so let’s leap right in.

 

 

Just to recap, last time we learned not only about ring gauge (the standard measurement of cigars, measured in 1/64 of an inch) and how it affects the draw and speed of your smoke. We talked about some of the different types of cigars, such as the various Corona’s (there are many), and the torpedo, pyramid, and many others.

 

What the Wrapper Tells You

 

An important question you must ask yourself is: what can I learn by looking at a cigar. There is a lot of debate when it comes to this question, and no matter what the manufacturer might have you believe, in truth, the real answer is often – not much. That does not mean you cannot garner some information by looking at the condition of a cigar. However, the look is only part of the equation. In the next few paragraphs, I am going to teach you to gleam as much information from a cigar by site as possible.

 

When most people think of a cigar, they think of the color brown, and with good reason. But brown is a relative term, and all told, cigars come in 50 different shades of brown. To the untrained eye (and let’s face it – even the trained one), it can be hard to differentiate between that vast array. I’m not foolish enough to try and teach you that here; it is something you will learn after many, many years. And in truth, its bearing on your smoke probably isn’t worth the effort. Instead, we are going to focus on six shades – the six most common in fact – and build from there. We’re also going to talk about the overall sheen of the wrapper, splotchiness, and feel.

 

Sheen

 

The sheen or shininess of a cigar is an important factor you must always consider. Like most visual cues, it does not make or break the experience (usually), but again, the overall goal is to gather all those small details so that, when combined, they make for that perfect, intoxicating puff.

 

What you want to look for is a smooth, oily wrapper. It should have no splotches and certainly not a greenish hue. This is a clue that the cigar has been properly handled and humidified and that the tobacco leaf acting as the wrapper is of good quality.

 

If the wrapper is green or splotchy, or multi-colored, you can bet that it has not be handled properly, and the quality will definitely suffer. To what degree, depends upon the cigar.

 

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0 # James Payne 2009-01-24 08:40
Here we look at the different types of cigar wrappers and what they mean for your smoking experience. If you have any stories you'd like to share, or any favorites, click the old comment button and let us hear what you've got to say!

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0 # A few correctionsMike 2009-01-28 05:49
James, a few corrections for your article on wrappers. "Colorado" is the Spanish word for "colored", not for red. The word for red is "rojo". Second, maduro wrappers are not rare, they are as common as natural wrappers.

Double Maduro is not a type of wrapper leaf, it is a style of cigar, where both the wrapper and binder use maduro leaf.

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0 # RE: A few corrections809 2013-03-01 12:01
Quoting Mike:
James, a few corrections for your article on wrappers. "Colorado" is the Spanish word for "colored", not for red. The word for red is "rojo". Second, maduro wrappers are not rare, they are as common as natural wrappers.

Double Maduro is not a type of wrapper leaf, it is a style of cigar, where both the wrapper and binder use maduro leaf.



Mike, just want to point out that the word for "colored' in Spanish is "colorido" Colorado and red are the same thing hence the reddish color of the Colorado(red) wrappers.

I am from the DR.

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0 # James Payne 2009-01-28 08:55
Thanks for the response and reading the article. You are right with regards to the term "Colorado" meaning colored and not red; I guess my Spanish is a little rusty! As for the Double Maduro not being a type of wrapper leaf, its more linguistics than anything else; its probably more commonly known as an oscuro or maduro maduro wrapper (hence the double maduro).

Thanks for pointing this out though, and I will make sure it gets changed!

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0 # Colorado in the DR is RedOmar Almonte 2013-03-01 11:13
Quoting James Payne:
Thanks for the response and reading the article. You are right with regards to the term "Colorado" meaning colored and not red; I guess my Spanish is a little rusty! As for the Double Maduro not being a type of wrapper leaf, its more linguistics than anything else; its probably more commonly known as an oscuro or maduro maduro wrapper (hence the double maduro).

Thanks for pointing this out though, and I will make sure it gets changed!


In Dominican Spanish "Colorado" means Red. Just wanted to straighten this up. ( I am a native)

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