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The Ultimate Cigar Glossary: Part One
Written by James Payne

Sunday, 22 February 2009

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Boite Nature: A plain looking cigar box used to sell cigars, such as the Excalibur. Made of a cedar wood. Boite Nature, for those of you who are curious, if French for “natural box”. In addition to cedar boxes, boxes can also be found covered in paper, cardboard, and basswood.

Booking: Popular in Honduras, booking is the method of stacking multiple filler leaves atop one another and rolling them as you would a parchment or scroll.

Bouquet: As the name infers, a cigars bouquet is the way it smells (or its nose). If a cigar is not stored properly or is too dry, it will lose its bouquet.

Boxing: This is the process used to place cigars in a package. Boxes can be found in a number of varities, including the Cabinet Selection, whereby a wooden box has a top that slides open and closed. You will find either 25 or 50 cigars in this type of box. There is also the 8-9-8 discussed above. The 13-Topper is flat and rectangular, sporting 13 cigars on the top (hence the name) a cedar block divider, and twelve on the bottom. When cigars are packed too tightly, they take on a look known as box-pressed. While most premium makers avoid this, some actually do it on purpose, to give a retro look to the cigar.

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Bulking: Placing a large stack of tobacco leaves atop one another to allow for fermentation.

Bull’s Eye: A type of cutter used to puncture a target or bulls-eye shaped opening in the closed cigar head.

Bunch: Four types of tobacco that are bound together with a binder, creating the body of the cigar. Individuals who do this process are known as bunchers, and are typically apprentices to higher-level rollers.

Bundles: Sold in units of 10, 25, or 50, bundles are often seconds of premium cigars. Instead of being sold in boxes, these fellows are wrapped in plastic. They can be a good buy for the bargain hunter.

Burros: We mentioned bulks earlier. The burros is just that. Averaging around the site height as a man, these stacks of tobacco are monitored to ensure that their temperature never exceeds 110 degrees. To lower the temperature, they may be disassembled and reassembled with less tobacco, to ensure the fermentation process is not ruined.

Conclusion

We have covered a lot of ground in this episode, but there is still much more to cover. In the next issue, we will continue the trend, offering you the newest – and oldest – cigar terms we could dig up.






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0 # James Payne 2009-02-09 14:35
Welcome to the first part in my series, The Ultimate Cigar Glossary. This first series cover the digits through the letter B. If you think I skipped a few, let me know and I will be glad to add them! Thanks for reading!

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0 # A Common MistakeRon 2009-02-27 12:07
Under the term "Blending" James made this statement: "... Cuba is the only country that does not blend from other countries, but instead uses regions within its own country to achieve the same effect." Not true. The country of Brazil - specifically its state of Bahia - has, since the 1700's, been consistently producing handrolled puros. No part imported from without the nation. There are currently about 30 Bahian cigar companies that produce products that rival those of Cuba, in quality and smoking experience, at a fraction of the cost and all legal to smoke in the USA.

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