Like naming your child or pet, a lot of thought goes into naming a premium cigar. If you know what you’re looking for, a cigar name can be loaded with meaning and useful information. That said, even to cigar enthusiasts, cigar nomenclature can be pretty confusing, so let’s break it down.
In the world of cigars, names are more than just catchy brand identifiers. To be sure, they do clearly identify the brand—and as with most products, cigar brand is very important to many smokers—but they also identify the size and shape of the cigar, sometimes even the type of wrapper used.
Normally, the brand is identified first. You’ll see names like Perdomo, Oliva and Gurkha amongst the hundreds of other premium cigar brands. But size and shape is where it can get confusing; manufacturers have never used a uniform standard for the characteristics associated with these terms, and sometimes they can refer to both the size and shape.
Terms for cigar wrappers are pretty straightforward and refer to the type of leaf used to wrap the cigar. Some of the most common wrappers:
Natural: light brown color; mild strength and taste
Maduro: dark brown color; oily, rich, sweet taste
Corojo: dark, almost black color; spicy flavor, strong body
Cameroon: dark, reddish brown color; spicy flavor and sweet aroma
To dispel some of the mystery surrounding cigar names and terminology, check out this handy graphic that’ll help you unlock what a cigar name really means.
About the Author
The Cigar Don is the lead copywriter for StogieBoys.com, America's fasted growing cigar retailer. He is also the founder and editor of TheCigarDon.com, a leading cigar blog that delivers "real cigar talk to cigar guys." The Don knows his cigars and loves to talk about them with anyone that will listen. He's anything but a cigar snob. He will drop cigar knowledge on your, but he'll do it with plain talk every time.