A cigar is prepared from good quality tobacco leaves which are rolled to various lengths and girths. Havana cigars are regarded as the best in the world. A cigar is made up of three constituent parts. They are as follows.
- FILLER:- Filler forms the interior of the cigar and it makes most of the cigar. Tobacco leaves used as fillers can be either long or short. Long fillers are made up of whole leaves which are of better quality. The filler is made of a blend of leaves from different regions to get a good flavor.
- BINDER:- It is a good quality leaf with high tensile strength which holds the filler. Two to four leaves of filler tobacco are laid end to end and rolled into the binder leaf. Filler with a binder is termed as a bunch. Usually, these are tobacco leaves chosen as wrappers but rejected because of the holes and blemishes.
- WRAPPER:- It is the outside of the cigar and also the most expensive part. A whole leaf of the finest quality is chosen and it must be elastic, smooth, of good color and not too prominently veined. The bunch is laid at an angle across the strip of wrapper leaf. Cigars are made both by hand and machine and the handmade cigars are always expensive.
Top 10 Cigars Brands:-
- Cohiba Behike.
- Montecristo Grand Edmundo.
- Partagas Serie D.
- Cohiba Robusto.
- Don Rafael Maduro.
- Garkha black dragon.
- King of Denmark.
- Gran Habano.
- Mayan Sicars
STRUCTURE OF CIGAR
A Cigar has two ends, namely head, and foot. Each cigar has a paper band with its brand name printed on it. The end closer to the band, which has a leaf cap, is called the head. The end opposite to the head is the foot. The foot end of the cigar is lit while smoking. The smoker makes an incision or cuts the cap at the head of the cigar and draws smoke from the head of the cigar.
TERMS USED TO REFER TO COLOUR OF THE WRAPPER
The leaf used for wrappers varies in colors which are sorted accordingly and marked on the boxes to indicate the color of the wrapper. The terms used to denote the color are in the following:-
Claro (CCC) :- Light golden brown.
Colorado Claro (CC):- Medium, Tawny color.
Colorado (C):- Reddish brown, also called rosado.
Maduro (M):- Very dark brown.
Natural:- Light brown to brown.
Candela:- Greenish yellow in color. It is also known as a double claro.
Oscuro:- Also termed as double Maduro. Black and oily in appearance.
AUTHOR :- Dipayan Mondal.