Cigar Speak

Anillo – Band
The ring of paper wrapped around the closed head of most cigars that often contains colorful graphics, the brand name, country of origin, and/or indication that the cigar is hand-rolled.

The mixture of different types of tobacco in a cigar.
The smell of a fine cigar. Inappropriately stored and/or dried-out cigars will lose their bouquet.

The amount of air that gets pulled through a lit cigar. It can be too easy (hot) or too tight (plugged).

The taste that lingers after a puff. Finishes vary with mild cigars having very little finish while stronger, more full-bodied cigars have distinctive flavors that tend to linger.

The foot of a cigar is the end that is lit.

Refers to the strength of a cigar.

Literally translated it means Havanas, a denomination of origin for Cuban cigars.

The closed end of the cigar; the end you smoke.

A room, or box designed to preserve the proper storage of a cigar or promote aging by maintaining a relative humidity level of 65-70 percent and a temperature of approximately 65°F to 70°F.

Ring Gauge
The width of a cigar based on 64ths of an inch. A 32 ring gauge cigar is 32/64ths of an inch thick, or 1/2 inch in diameter. A 48 ring is approximately 3/4 inches in diameter.

The area where the cap meets the body of a cigar. Cutting the shoulder will often cause the cigar to unravel.

A Cigar roller.

As with wine, it refers to the year the tobacco was harvested as opposed to the year the cigar was made.