Written by James Payne

Wednesday, 04 February 2009

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Article Index
1. Filler: A Regional Guide
2. Cuba
3. Jamaica


tob  We have had a long journey so far, in our quest to find out what makes – and breaks – the perfect cigar. We have looked at cutters, lighters, tobacco, wrappers, and even shapes and sizes. In this article, we will look at a very important factor when it comes to cigars…the filler. We will take a gander at the different regions that make filler, and what that means to you and I – and more importantly, your smoking experience.

As we discussed before, there are two types of cigars – blended and non-blended (think Cuban). Manufacturers outside Cuba by and large use more than one type of tobacco from a variety of countries – and even regions within countries. They use tobacco with different aging and curing processes, and somehow blend them all together to make something magical. 

Something to consider before we begin: the bulk of the flavor in a cigar comes from the filler, making it very important to your experience. It comprises roughly 98% of your total cigar, and is your key to a good flavor. You may recall that in an earlier article I said that wrappers add to the taste of a cigar. The filler, on the other hand, makes the taste.


Brazil is known for spiciness and flavor, whether it be the women, the music, or in our case, the cigars. The leaf grown here is dark in color and often sweet in taste. Used mostly in cigarillos, Brazilian tobacco is not a huge player in the field, though many countries do use them as part of their blending process.




0 # James Payne 2009-01-28 09:07
Thanks for stopping by for another of my articles. In this one, we talk about the meat of the cigar - the filler. I talk about the different regions filler (and tobacco in general) is grown, offering a brief overview of each. I invite you to share your own knowledge and experience by clicking on the old comment button below. I'd love to hear from you!

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0 # Niceragua?Sloane Franklin 2009-02-05 02:29
I'm a bit surprised that Nicaragua didn't make your list, even in passing, given the number of premium and super premium Nicaraguan puros on the market today.

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0 # Ummm...Jason 2009-02-05 09:29
I agree with the poster above. You forgot one of my favorite regions: Nicaragua.

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0 # James Payne 2009-02-09 11:40
Hey Guys,

Thanks for taking the time to comment; I didn't forget about Nicaragua, just saving it for an article that goes more in depth (same with Cuba and a few others). Keep an eye out!

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