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Written by James Payne

Tuesday, 03 March 2009

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glossary  It’s been a long haul, but finally, here in this fourth article, we will wrap up our series on Cigar terminology. We’ve covered common terms and obscure alike, and will continue to do so in this final part. So if you love cigars, and love to talk about them, step inside and learn how to talk the talk.

 

 

In our last edition, we covered the letters C-L. In this piece, we will go from M-Z. It’s a lot to cover in one article, so let’s get started!

 

Machine-Made: Cigars that are made entirely by machine. These machine-made cigars use short filler and thicker wrappers (otherwise the machines would easily tear them) and are incapable of producing a premium cigar.

 

Maduro: A wrapper with a deep, reddish brown (some might even say black) color. Meaning ripe in Spanish, this cigar wrapper gets its dark color by tanning in the sun. Cooking and fermentation can also cause this color as well. And lastly, rumor has it that there even exist dyed Maduro wrappers…

 

Media Ruedas: This has the same definition as the Half-Wheel.

 

Mini Cigarillo: No, this is not a somehow smaller cigarillo; simply another name for a cigarillo.

 

Mold: In cigar lingo, mold can have two meanings. The first is fungal, as in the dreaded blue mold. The second is less sinister, and that is a mold that you place a bunch in to give a distinctive shape. Once in the mold, they are pressed, finishing off the process.

 

Oil: A cigar that has been well stored and humidified properly will produce oil. If you store them at around 70 relative humidity, you will see notice the distinctive sheen.

 

Olor: Olor is a wrapper, produced in the Dominican Republic, and used as both a filler and a binder. It is very mild in flavor.

 

Oscuro: Usually from Brazil or Mexico, this cigar wrapper is black in color (darker than the maduro).






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0 # James Payne 2009-02-09 14:30
Hi,

In this article I continue (and conclude) the Ultimate Cigar Glossary series. I cover terms ranging from M-Z in this one. If you feel I left one out, drop us a line and let us know!

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