Every cigar smoker should understand the anatomy of cigar

According to Gregory Mottola’s article published on cigar aficionado every cigar smoker should understand the anatomy of cigar. This will avoid the confusing messages and opinions posing as fact by others. Understanding cigar’s anatomy could be the first step to forming your own opinion of what a good cigar. Bellow what you need to know to start developing your own judgment. (Photo/Jeff Harris published on Cigar Aficionado on September/October 2017)

A cigar is made up of three major parts

The wrapper, binder and filler. The three form a smoking system and the single system forms a singular organism called the cigar.

The wrapper

is the visible outer cover leaf. It’s also the most expensive component per pound, as these tobacco leaves need to be pristine in appearance, as well as flavorful. If the leaf is too veiny, rough in texture or has any blemishes, it’s no longer categorized as wrapper.

The binder

The binder is a wrapper leaf that didn’t make the cut. It’s often the same tobacco as the wrapper, only not as smooth in appearance. Binder is the leaf of tobacco directly underneath the wrapper and holds the filler tobacco in place, hence the name. The combustion of the binder is critical, as a good-burning binder that will often help the filler to burn more evenly. When the filler contains more oily tobaccos they do not burn easily.

The filler

It is where the cigar maker can be most creative. Rollers can use several different types of tobacco from various countries and several different primings of tobacco for desired flavor, strength and complexity. As with the wrapper and binder, these are long-filler tobaccos that are put into place to burn slowly yet offer a fine gustatory and aromatic experience.

The foot is the end of the cigar where filler is usually visible. The head is the top, or tip and is finished with a cap, which helps to hold the wrapper in place. The neater, more symmetrical the head and cap, the greater the skill of the roller.

Good construction is key and should never be marginalized. A cigar that isn’t made properly will not draw or burn properly, drastically affecting the taste and the level of enjoyment, no matter how good the raw materials.