There is a certain anatomy to any cigar. These cigar facts will provide you with an explanation of how the various layers of your cigar influence the flavor of it.
When you hold a cigar vertically, you will see that it is made up of the foot, the body, and the cap. The foot is the part of the cigar you light to smoke it. The cap is a loose piece of tobacco that is placed onto the top of cigars. This is attached to the wrapper with some natural glue and helps the wrapper from coming off the cigar. The cigar's body is the area in between the foot and the cap. It contains a total of three layers.
The inside of the cigar is called the filler and is made from tobacco leaves. These leaves are harvested from the top of tobacco plants, and are called ligero. Leaves such as these burn slowly and provide most of the cigar's flavor. This is because they are dark in color and have a high oil content. This filler can be either short or long filler depending on what type of cigar you have. Typically, long filler is used in hand-wrapped, handmade cigars.
The binder layer is made from tougher tobacco leaves than the filler is and holds the filler in so the wrapper can then be placed onto the cigar. Normally, this leaves are harvested from the center of the tobacco plant. These have a lighter color and lower oil content that those leaves found in the filler do. The name for these leaves is seco.
The outside layer of a cigar is the wrapper. This wrapper it the outer leaf on a stogie and holds all the other layers together. Typically, this is a soft, silky layer. This volado, as it is called, comes from the bottom of a tobacco plant. This layer determined how the stogie looks as well as how it feels in your mouth.
Various types of wrappers are attached to cigars to add a different color or feel to them. Some common wrappers include the following:
1. Golden Criollo San Andres is a light color wrapper and tends to have a medium to full flavor. There is also the Criollo San Andres that is a bit darker than the Golden Criollo, but is still in the medium to full body as far as flavor. Both are grown in the fertile San Andres area of Mexico.
2. Claro wrapper is from the lower part of a tobacco plant that mainly has been cultivated in an area with full shade. This wrapper is almost neutral in flavor it is so mild. It adds little if any flavor to any cigar.
3. Cameroon is a wrapper grown in Cameroon a country located in West Africa. This wrapper leaf is thin and fragile in nature. It provides the stogie and sweet aroma and a mild flavor.
4. Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper is from a tobacco grown in full sun in the Connecticut River Valley area. It makes for a dark, coarse, and sweet stogie wrapper. If you are looking for a touch of sweetness with your smoke, look no further than this wrapper.
5. Double Claro wrappers come in colors such as greenish yellow, green, and greenish brown. The leaves go through a rapid drying process that helps the leaves retain their color. These wrappers add a mild flavor to stogies.
6. Colorado wrappers are brownish red to a muddy brown color. These come from tobacco grown in conditions in full shade and provide rich, full flavor. These wrappers also give off a pleasant aroma while you are smoking cigars that contains them.
Maduro wrappers undergo an actual fermentation process before being ready for the stogies. The word maduro means ripe in the Spanish language. These are earthy wrappers that provide a strong flavor to the other tobacco included in a cigar. The fermentation process gives them a deep color. Most of these wrappers are grown in Brazil, Nicaragua, and Mexico. However, some also are grown in Connecticut in the United States.
These cigar facts show you the basic anatomy of stogies. The flavor you taste is often the result of all the layers together and not just the filler. You may just want to try a new type of smoke now that you know this information.
Horatio Green has been a cigar smoker for 12 years, having mastered the art of smoking cigars form the ground up. Learn from his experience to get you started the right way quickly and enjoy the pleasure that cigars provide. Grab your free guide for great tips and ideas. Go now to http://www.introductiontocigars.com and sign up for the FREE e-course and learn how to smoke like a pro in no time!