What does the slang term airtight mean?

Cigar lexicon

Here you will find the most important terms from the world of cigars explained:





Cigars that have not yet been opened by the factory must be used before smoking cut become. The head can be opened with a cigar cutter, scissors or a drill. This is usually the case with all handcrafted long filler cigars and medium fillers.


Criterion for the cigar to glow. In contrast to draft behavior, this is about whether the cigar burns evenly or not.


Structure in the wrapper, should run parallel to the cigar for good burn. If the veins are too thick, a crooked fire can occur. In the case of a cover sheet, the middle vein is removed after sorting and the tobacco leaf is divided into 2 halves. With a cover sheet in particular, it is important that the structure is very fine.

Aficionado and Aficionada

Spanish term for one Cigar lover.


Air-dried tobacco after harvest. They are preferably used for cigars. The opposite, tobacco dried in the sun instead of in a barn, is called sun-cured.


Airtight sealed glass container for 50 or 25 cigars to preserve any factory freshness that may be desired.


Abbreviation for "american market selection", i.e. for cigars with particularly light-colored wrappers, as they used to be mainly in demand on the American market.


Spanish name of the belly band or cigar ring. It was not until the 18th century that cigars were provided with a belly band; Before that, it was fashionable to present personalities with cigars that adorned their name or portrait. Then they recognized the advantage of being able to differentiate between cigars. Incidentally, it was the German Gustav Bock who founded this tradition in Cuba.


Tobacco variety from the northeast Brazil. About 500 km north of Mata Fina is the second important growing area for bracts in the country: Arapiraca. The tobaccos from the region around the city of the same name in the state of Alagoas differ from Mata Fina in that they are less spicy and sweet, but more subtle and finer in taste (tends to be chocolate, leather, earth). They are ideally suited as a wrapper for cigars, which, in conjunction with the filler and binder, are combined to create a greater complex of aromas. The Arapiraca, also sometimes called "Brazilian Maduro", is used as a wrapper for the following cigars: CAO Brazilia, Carlos Torano The Exodus 1959 - 50 YEARS, Balmoral Royal Selection Maduro, La Aurora Preferidos 1903 Tubos No. 2 Deluxe Maduro Ruby (red), Carlos Torano Signature, Balmoral Anejo XO, PDR 1878 Capa Madura C. Especial and NUB MADURO 460. That's not necessarily the worst choice, is it? Arapiraca - this name should be remembered!

Efflorescence or cigar bloom

As a fine white powder, mineral salts emerge from some wrappers as a cigar dries. They are also often called egg whites and can be easily removed with your finger or a brush. They have no influence on the taste or quality of the cigar. Unfortunately, this efflorescence is often confusing as it is often mistaken for mold. Find out here how to distinguish protein and mold.




Short piramides (140 mm) with a rounded head and a fire end that is usually more than 20 mm thick. This corresponds to a Ring gauge of over 52. Well-known Belicoso specimens are for example the Bolivar Belicoso Bolivar Belicosos Finos and the Romeo y Julieta Belicosos.


Famous tobacco growing district in Java.


Name for a small cigar from East India. The Company Agio produces small machine-made cigarillos under this name.


English name for the binder that is wrapped around the insert tobacco by the cigar roller. The result is then called a wrap or doll.


English term for the composition of different tobaccos that are used for a cigar or pipe tobacco. Depending on the manufacturer, it is also simply called a mixture or a melange.


Device for drilling the cigar head lengthways. The drill has the advantage that only a hole is drilled or punched in the cover sheet, which means that you are less disturbed by tobacco crumbs in your mouth when smoking, as can be the case with just cutting off, only with belicosos and very small diameters is a Unsuitable drill.


Variety of flavors that arise when you enjoy a cigar. Just Cuban cigars are known for their wide range of aromas. The professional storage of the cigars in one Humidor is important so that the cigars do not lose their aroma.

Boutique cigars

There is no precise definition of boutique cigars. However, one can say that these are productions of smaller quantities and lesser known brands. The number of cigars produced is also significantly smaller than that of the large manufacturers. The boutique cigars are often traded as an insider tip.


English term for cigars that are sold in "normal" boxes of 25. This gives the cigars their angular shape. The opposite would be a cabinet box with a sliding lid or what is known as 8-9-8 packaging. Here the cigars keep their round shape.

Boxing date

All Cuban Boxes are provided with a boxing date, which is located under the box. This stamp shows in which factory the cigars were produced and when they were packed. This is a very important feature, especially for aficionados who like to enjoy matured Habanos. It is preferred to search for certain manufacturers and years.

End of fire

The already open end of the cigar on which it was attached set on fire becomes.


Synonymous with dark cigars. The majority of cigars and cigarillos made from Brazilian tobacco can be found in the short filler segment. Typical of Brazilian tobacco is their sweetish and tasty aroma.


English name for the wrap or the doll, which consists of the insert tobacco and the binder.


English term for several cigars that are wrapped in cellophane instead of a box. Cellophane is inexpensive retail packaging and is primarily used for cigars on sale. Often these are bundles of 10 or 25.


Cuban name for the tobacco pile on which tobacco leaves are placed fermentation be merged.




The classic cabinet box is made of untreated wood and has a sliding lid. This type of packaging is often used by the Cubans; The boxes of 50 are particularly suitable for ripening. The cigars are bundled with a fabric band and thus keep their round shape, unlike a classic 25-piece box. The Cohiba Siglo series and Hoyo de Monterrey are fine examples of this.


Light green fashion color of the cover sheet, which is partly popular in the USA. The chlorophyll is retained by smoking after the harvest Fermentation ability is canceled. This way the cover sheet will keep its green color.


Spanish name for the cover sheet.


Spanish name for the binder.


Tobacco from Colombia (technical jargon).


A flat piece of metal with a rounded blade used by the torcedores to cut the tobacco leaves for processing.


Format, L 170 mm, x 17-19 mm.


Spanish name for a color shade for light cigars.


Spanish name for a shade of color for dark cigars.

Connecticut Broadleaf

Dark brown cover sheet from the US state of Connecticut, preferably for Maduro cigars.

Connecticut Seed

cover sheet-Cuban seed variety, originated in the US state of Connecticut.

Connecticut Shade

cover sheet from the Connecticut River Valley growing area in the USA, grown under shade tents. The typical, light-colored wrapper that is often found on Dominican cigars. Compared to other wrapper leaves, it has only a minor influence on the aroma of the cigar.

Connecticut wrapper

Cover sheet from the US state of Connecticut.


Plants grown under shade tents in the Vuelta Abajo, mainly for Cover sheets to be used. Also a name for a type of seed named after the famous "El Corojo" plantation.


Format with closed mouth end and generally cylindrical basic shape, especially L 140 mm, x 15-17 mm.

Cuban Seed

Use of Cuban seeds in other growing countries.


Spanish name for snake, usually three cigars braided into a braid when they are wet. All cigars that the torcedores wanted to take with them for their own use had to leave the factory in this condition. This should prevent resale. This type of cigar rolling is rarely offered, classics still available today are e.g. the culebras from Partagas LCDH Culebras (LCDH).


English term for one Cutter. In German, the term is only used for single- and double-blade guillotines.



cover sheet

Outer leaf pod of the cigar. It is usually rolled in a spiral from the end of the fire to the end of the mouth and there with it Tragacanth glued. In addition to the binder, the cover sheet is one of the wrapping tobacco and has a decisive influence on the taste a cigar.


Spanish term for a slim format.

Degas a cigar

Controlled burning of gases at the end of a cigar's burning in order to rid it of bitter substances.


Large format (200 mm) with a closed pointed head and a more or less closed foot.

Dominican Republic

Part of the Caribbean island of Hispanola. Important Country of Manufacture for tobacco and premium cigars, which are called "Domingo" in technical jargon.

Double Corona

Format, L 190 mm, x 20 mm. As a rule, the Double Corona format is even larger than the Churchill format. One of our favorites is the Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona.




Located on the Pacific coast of South America Country of Manufacture of Cover sheets and premium cigars.


Abbreviation for "english market selection", i.e. for rich, brown Cover sheetshow they have long been favored in the UK. In the meantime, these cigars have also prevailed against the lighter AMS cigars in North America.


Core of the cigar. Mixture of leaf halves or leaf parts of different varieties and origins.

De-ribs the cover sheet

after the Cover sheets are sorted by size, the leaf vein is removed from the center of the leaf. How to split the sheet in half. If the thick vein was not removed, the cigar would burn crookedly at this point.


Slightly cooled cupboards for storing fresh cigars for a few weeks after rolling.


Format, L 235-240 mm, x 19 mm.




French name for format.


Fermentation process of raw tobacco. In the fermentation become protein, nicotine and sugar broken down while the flavoring substances develop at the same time.


Odorless Gas lighters are - next to matches - best forGlimmering suitable for cigars.


Designation for formats that do not have a cylindrical basic shape, and thus a generic term for formats such as Torpedo, Culebra, Belicoso, Perfecto, etc.


English term for insert.


Shape of the cigar. In addition to the properties of the tobacco used, length (L) and diameter (x) have a great influence on the interaction taste a cigar.


Burning end of the cigar.



Gran Corona

Format, L 140-150 mm, x 16-19 mm.

Gran Panetela

Format, L 190 mm, x 15 mm.


One or two-blade cigar cutter with which the end of the mouth is flat cut off becomes. However, this traditional cut is becoming more and more popular Drill or punch replaced.




Protected term for cigarsCuba.


English name for in Handwork manufactured cigars.


English term for cigars, whose cover sheet was applied by hand.


English spelling of the capital of Cuba. Also a protected term for Cigars from Cuba.

Havana Seed

A variety of tobacco in the United States derived from corojos.

HBPR Hand Bunched Pressed Rolled

Hecho a mano

Spanish term for cigars that are in Handwork which may mean that only the wraps have been rolled over by hand.

Hollow burner

Incomplete distribution of inserts, manufacturing defects.

Hole piercing

Factory-made punching of the cigars on the head with heated bronze needles in order to make them edible without destroying the shape.

Homogenized tobacco

Man-made tobacco made from leftover tobacco and cellulose used for the wrapper and binder of many cheap, machine-made cigars. If this term is used, the cigar or cigarillo may no longer be referred to as "100% tobacco".


Located in Central America Country of Manufacture of tobacco and premium cigars.


Space or container with controlled humidity for optimal storage of cigars.




Island nation in Southeast Asia. Country of origin for famous cigar tobacco.


Inhaling the smoke into the lungs. Habit frowned upon by cigar smokers.




Located in the Caribbean Country of Manufacture of premium cigars.


Most populous of the Great Sunda Islands in Indonesia, on which the capital of the country, Jakarta, is also located. Origin of famous cigar tobacco.



Notch cut

Wedge-shaped attached incision on the head to make the cigar fit for consumption.


End of the mouth of the cigar.

Head cigar

Cigar with a closed mouth end.


CubaIsland in the Caribbean. It is home to an incomparable tobacco and cigar culture, because the country is unique in its ideal combination of soil, climate and seeds for tobacco cultivation.




Crucial for that Probation the quality of a cigar. An ambient temperature of 18 to 20 degrees Celsius and a relative humidity of between 65 and 75 percent are ideal.


Not very expressive in the aroma, no indication of nicotine and condensate content.


The ligador is responsible for mixing the cigar in the manufactory. Depending on which cigar is to be rolled, the Torcedors selects the tobacco leaves that are required.


Spanish term for mild. A particularly thin-leaf portion of the harvest in Havana tobacco.

Long filler

English name for cigars that are made from whole insert sheets. The opposite is called a short filler.


Format, L 150 mm, x 16-17 mm.


Denotes the tensile resistance. They don't pull cigars air.




Spanish color name for dark, ripe ones Cover sheets.

Mata Fina

The most famous tobacco Brazil comes from the Mata Fina region in the northern state of Bahia. Mata Fina tobacco is sun-ripened before it is harvested as a whole plant with a stem and dried. This means that many nutrients are retained in the leaf. The usually dark tobacco is often considered precious cover sheet used. Mata Fina is rather mild to medium-strong, burns well and has a characteristic white ash. In addition to the Dannemann Artist Line Reserva Mata Fina with a 2006 wrapper, the following cigar lines are also provided with a Mata Fina decker: Dona Flor Mata Fina, Villiger Tobajara Puros and Alonso Menendez. Many cigarillo lines also contain Mata Fina tobacco, such as the popular Brazil Trüllerie. This tobacco is used as a binder, for example in the Drew Estate Liga Unico in the premium segment. And as an insert, Mata Fina can be found in the Balmoral Royal Selection Claro. No matter how Mata Fina is used: It adds a slightly sweet flavor to the cigar and tends towards chocolate and fruit in terms of taste.

Medium filler

Media ruedas

Bundles of 50 cigars, which the roller ties together with cotton tape for easier quantity control.


Located in Central America Producer country of tobacco and premium cigars.


Not very expressive in aroma.




Located in Central AmericaProducer country of tobacco and premium cigars.


Flavor carrierlike alcohol in wine. The name comes from the French Jean Nicot, who brought the cigar culture from Spain to France in the 16th century.




Spanish color name for almost black cigars.




Format, L 100-170 mm, x 10 mm.


Formats with a cylindrical body.


Prestigious tobacco growing region Cuba.


Bag pack for habanos.


Format with a round head and a pointed fire end.

Petit Corona

Format, L 125 mm, x 16-17 mm.


Torn, stripped leaf parts as an insert.

Piloto Cubano

Seed type in the Dominican Republicderived from Havana.


Format, conical cigar in full length.

Premium cigars

High quality standard for cigars. Generally accepted criteria are: 100 percent tobacco, one completely in Handwork production and the exclusive use of long filler tobacco.


Term for a half-finished cigar, consisting of insert and binder. Another term for this is "wrap".


Spanish name for cigarillo.


Spanish term for cigar. Actually, the term means that the cigar was only made with tobacco from a growing area (Spanish: "pure"). However, due to the increased use of blends, this now almost only applies to cigars Cuba to.




Damaged cigars (industry jargon).

Retronasal smoking

Ring gauge

In North America, the number for the ring gauge = circumference. Sixty-fourth part of an inch: e.g. B. 40 = 40/64 of an inch = 15.6 mm.


Tobacco growing region in the center Cuba's.


Main vein of the leaf, which is removed before processing.


Format, L 120 mm, x 20 mm.



Sand sheet

Bottom leaves on the plant. They are usually tender and particularly aromatic; their name is derived from the fact that they are splashed with sand by the rain.


Approach of the conical shape of the format towards the head.


Leaves of the central section of the tobacco plant that make up the eponymous Seco tobacco is won.


Term for tobaccos that grow in fields covered with cloth. Direct sunlight is avoided in order to obtain light leaf colors. The structure of the leaf is finer and the veins are not as thick as in plants that are exposed to the sun unprotected. The leaves are rather mild in tasteCover sheets used.

Scrap filler

English term for torn, stripped sheet parts as an insert. Also known as a short filler, in contrast to the long filler, a cigar made from whole insert sheets.


English name for format.

Short filler

Term for cigars that are made from torn tobacco or tobacco residues. The opposite, cigars made from whole insert sheets are called long fillers.

Sun grown

Term for tobaccos that grow in the open field and are exposed to the sun. This makes the leaves stronger and develops a full aroma. In terms of structure, they are a bit coarser and more oily.


Common synonym for cigars in Switzerland, often with a derogatory meaning. Originally, the term referred to cigars made in multiple lengths with one glued on over the entire length cover sheet.


One of the Great Sunda Islands in Indonesia. It is the place of origin of the most expensive Cover sheet, and the name Sumatra is used as a synonym for light-colored cigars.


Tobacco dried in the sun instead of in barns. The opposite is called air-cured.




Cutting board of the roller on which the cigar is made. It is made of wood because it is excellent for cutting with a knife (chaveta).


Native American people who are believed to be the ancestors of the Cuban indigenous people. It was Taíno who Columbus discovered Cuba's First encountered in 1492. He saw them for the first time "burning bundles", the smoke of which people inhale in order to numb themselves and their flesh.


Spanish term for tobacco plants that are grown under towels. This means that they are not exposed to direct sunlight. This type of tobacco growing is used for Cover sheets used.

100% tobacco

Cigars made from tobacco in their grown form.


Spanish name for the cigar roller.


Format, tapering on both sides, often erroneously referred to as a pyramid.

Totalmente a mano

Highest class of pure handcraft, in Cuba with the help of wooden molds.


Plant resin, Basic material for gluing of the wrapper at the end of the mouth.

Très Petit Corona

Format, L 110 mm, x 16 mm.


Spanish term for deposit.

Tripa Corta

Stretched insert, e.g. T. with short leaf components. Short filler.

Tripa Larga

Stretched leaf halves as an insert. Long filler.


Lockable aluminum tube as protection for the individual cigar from mechanical damage and drying out. Contrary to popular belief, however, Tubos are not 100 percent airtight and therefore not a substitute for one in the medium or long term Humidor suitable.




One or more wrapping tobacco leaves under the cover sheet. The binder makes it that format given and held.




Spanish term for tobacco plantation. So "Vegas Robaina" means nothing else than the "Robaina family tobacco fields".


Term for a cigar overfilled with an insert, which has a bad draw as a result (industry jargon).


Tobacco harvest year, not processing year.


Slim cigar made from heavy tobacco tobacco, popular in the Alpine countries, in a special preparation


Spanish name for the jewelry ring of the individual cigar to identify the brand. Mainly, however, the name for the format, see Anilla.


Sand leaf of the Criollo plant.


Tobacco growing region on the Indonesian Java Island (Dutch: "Princely Lands").

Vuelta Abajo

Most famous tobacco growing region Cuba.




Term for a half-finished cigar, consisting of insert and binder. Another term for it is "doll".


English name for that cover sheet.




Cedar wood is closely related to the subject of cigars. It is required for making the boxes and knocking out the humidors. One always speaks of Spanish cedar, however, the wood comes mainly from South and Central America. The fact that Spanish cedar is used with preference is due to its strong inherent odor Tobacco beetles is unpopular. It also supports the cigar ripening process and thus the development of aromas. This is especially important if you want to use cigars for a long period of time to store.


The cigarillo is the cigar's smaller sister. Especially with the Cuban Brands include the formats Mini, Club and Puritos in the family of cigarillos. Most of them are machine-made, which can be recognized by the fact that they have already been cut and no longer need to be opened by a cutter. When choosing a cigarillo, one should also keep in mind that there are products made from 100 percent tobacco and that others use band tobacco, especially if they have a filter. By the way: In Spanish, "el cigarrillo" just means cigarette.


In grandfather's time they were also called pillar, and they were mainly machine-made for the German market. In the early 1990s, the boom in Caribbean long filler cigars spilled over to us in Europe via the United States. As a result, the range of cigars in Germany grew significantly. In addition to the known Cuban Classics at this time also enjoyed the milder cigars from the Dominican Republic great demand. In the years that followed, other tobacco-growing countries such as Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua in popularity. From a Perla or Minutos format, the brown beauties can call themselves cigars.


A braided wrapper flag on the head to form a pigtail. The cigar is ready to eat when bitten off.

Migratory behavior

Criterum for the tensile resistance. If a cigar is wrapped too tightly, the draw resistance can be too strong for the Aficionado be very uncomfortable.


Term for a type of packaging in which eight, then nine and finally eight cigars in one box be stacked. The advantage is the better air circulation in contrast to the packaging in the "normal" way (see Box-Pressed). The best-known cigar that is still packaged this way is the Partagas 8-9-8 varnished.