Understanding the Different Types of Cigar Wrappers

Understanding the Different Types of Cigar Wrappers

There’s a general misconception regarding cigars for those who are not seasoned smokers and that’s the darker the cigar, the stronger it is. Well, that’s simply not the case – at all, actually. There’s more to a cigar than the wrapper, which is can have up to five of. The central part of the cigar is the tobacco and the filler, then there’s the binder, and then the wrapper.

The tobacco leaves that the wrappers are made from only help in creating a stronger end product. Simply looking at the color of the cigar should not be what sells you on whether or not you purchase a certain type. Instead, you need to look at the cigar as a whole.

However, that’s not what we’re going to focus on in this post, but rather we’re going to let you know more about the wrapping that holds cigars together and how you should let the different wraps dictate which cigars you should be leaning towards.

Cigar Wrappers Explained

At Cigar Ink we use two primary different types of tobacco leaf to wrap our cigars in:

  1. Habano
  2. Maduro

Now, although there are several different types of leaves out there, we find that these two types work best with our patent laser engraving system that allows us to customize our cigars for our customers. With that being said, what’s the difference between our two different types of cigar wrappings?

A fun fact about Maduro is that it technically isn’t a wrapper, but rather an adjective to describe if the leaf is ripe or not. Any wrapper can be “maduro.” So, if you want a wrapper that is maduro, you’re simply going for a leaf that has achieved an extensive level of fermentation. This fermentation process is where the natural oils within the tobacco lead are able to come to the surface. It’s when the natural oils come forth that the leaf darkens.

Habano leaf is more of a full bodied wrapper that’s a natural shade. If you’re looking for a more complex flavored cigar, then you should request to see cigars wrapped in habano leaves. They’re often lighter in color than maduro wrappers, but they’re still just as delicious on the pallet.

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