Understanding the anatomy of a cigar is important for beginners. A premium stogie has three parts: the filler, the binder leaf, and the wrapper leaf.

In this blog, we’ll be exploring the outermost part of the cigar – or as it’s commonly known – the wrapper. But there’s more to that fancy-colored piece of tobacco than you might think…

Related: What is a Maduro Cigar and Wrapper

WHAT IS A CIGAR WRAPPER?

The cigar wrapper is the only tobacco leaf that can be seen directly. It is often what catches a cigar enthusiast’s eye and can make or break whether a smoke is plucked from a shelf. However, it does more than just look pretty.

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It binds everything together by sealing in the binder leaf and filler tobacco. The wrapper also gives you a “sneak preview” of what flavors, taste and texture to expect from your smoke. Some cigars wrappers can even play heavy roles towards overall blend.

WHAT ARE CIGAR WRAPPERS MADE OF?

Cigar wrapper tobacco comes from the middle section of tobacco plants where seco primings are found. They’re oily and aromatic without being too thick or veiny which makes them great for use as wrappers on cigars.

Volado leaves can also be used as cigar wraps; these come from bottom leaves closer towards ground level with good burning properties but lacking flavor since they’re included in blend to ensure an even burn although dry.

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Ligero leaves higher up on plant stalks are not suitable choices when considering what could serve as outer wrapping for cigars due their thicknesses and coarsenesses; instead these flavorful yet coarse textured fellas find homes within filling blends so if you include more ligeros then your smoke will have fuller body flavors because they don’t burn well plus don’t smell nice like secos do thus have to be used with care if at all so that every component fits in harmoniously within blend.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD CIGAR WRAPPER LEAF?

Cigar wrappers should be perfect, therefore after tobacco is harvested they are carefully cured to ensure that there are no spots or blemishes on them; this also helps to give them an even color.

An appealing wrapper leaf will have a smooth texture and be thin and delicate while showing as few visible veins as possible. Similarly, it should have an oily sheen with rich scents.

Additionally, the size of wrapper used must be large enough so that when it’s rolled around the binder leaves tightly nothing seems out of place or too lined up. Based on what is required from it, only a small amount of tobacco can actually qualify for use as a wrapper which makes this part expensive.

DOES A DARKER WRAPPER MEAN STRONGER CIGAR?

A common misconception is that the darker your wrapper leaf – the stronger your smoke will be. Generally speaking however: lighter wrappers tend to produce milder flavors – but not always.

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While yes – the color of your wrap can indicate what kind of tastes you should expect from any given cigar; its strength largely depends upon what has gone inside as filling instead. For instance if one were to fill up very darkly colored wrapping papers with mild tobaccos then smoke produced would have mellower bodyness.

POPULAR CIGAR WRAPPER LEAF VARIETIES

Their environment, curing and fermentation methods, as well as the aging process are what shape different types of cigar wrappers. This is what gives each wrapper its own character, color and flavor too. While some unique cigar wrappers appear leafy green or black, most fall within the brown color range.

Every shade of color is associated with a type and usually named after the region where the tobacco originated from. Below are some popular cigar wrapper leaves that you may come across during your cigar journey.

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CONNECTICUT SHADE WRAPPER

The Connecticut Shade wrapper comes from the Connecticut River Valley and it has a light tan to golden honey color. Cheesecloth tents are used when growing this wrapper so that less sun can get to it which makes for lighter leaves.

It typically has a creamy flavor profile which is easy on the palate coupled with smoothness throughout each draw richness making them great for newbies who smoke cigars.

COROJO WRAPPER

Once upon a time Corojo was one of Cuban major wrappers but today it is predominantly harvested in Jamastran Honduras. A little bit darker than Connecticut Shade Corojo exhibits peppery/spicy notes accompanied by an earthy aroma.

Due to its strong texture combined with thickness this type of wrapper may be difficult to smoke through at times.

HABANO CIGAR WRAPPER

Originally grown only in Cuba, Habano is currently also produced mainly in Nicaragua. Cuban traditional style fermentation process gives it reddish hints on dark tan background while making this leaf stronger tasting and more aromatic – hints include coffee among others spices .

Best suited for experienced smokers who want stronger flavors from their stogie experience .

MADURO CIGAR WRAPPER

Maduro translates into “mature” or “ripe” referring to how long tobacco leaves undergo fine fermentation . They are allowed enough time to fully mature on plants before being harvested thereby getting rich dark colors ranging between deep brown through jet black shades .

Only thickest/largest leaves can be selected since they need to withstand lengthy aging process which follows suit. Sweetness accompanies complex flavors richness that comes with full bodied stogies loved by many smokers.

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