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Important Cigar Terminology: From G to L

We all enjoy talking about the things we fancy, and Cuban cigars are no exception. But when talking about cigars, the ambiguity of new vocabulary can occasionally ruin the fun. If you don’t know the lingo, it might be very difficult to find new Cuban cigars in India. If you know the vocabulary and use the right terms, you’ll make a good impression on other cigar connoisseurs and, most importantly, enjoy your cigar-buying and smoking experience more.

We have put together this helpful guide to assist you in understanding the terms used frequently in the cigar industry. This article is a continuation of the one we have already shared, which covers the first 6 letters of the alphabet. We will now discuss the next 6 letters, i.e., from G to L.

G:

Gorda

“Gorda” translates to “fat” in Spanish. It is a corona cigar of the hefty, 46-ring variety from Cuba.

Guillotine

It is a cigar cutter designed to take off the cigar’s cap. It is the most well-known Cuban cigar cutter and is also known as the vertical cutter. They are also found with two blades, which offers an even clearer cut.

Gum

The wrapper leaf and cap are secured in place with the help of this natural glue. A handmade cigar’s wrapper leaf head is applied around the bunch using this odorless, tasteless material.

Glass-top Cohibas

It is an allusion to the frequently faked Cuban Cohibas. The boxes that contain authentic Cuban Cohibas never have a clear window at the top that shows the contents of the box.

Gran Corona

It is one of the largest cigar sizes available in Cuba and is sometimes referred to as the “Presidente.” They measure almost 9 inches in length and have a ring gauge of about 47.

H:

Half Wheel

It refers to 50 cigars in a package. Even though this is not how cigars are offered to consumers, cigar rollers will bind off their 50th cigar with a ribbon so that it can be taken to the quality control departments. A hundred cigars make up a wheel.

Head

It is the portion of the cigar that you smoke and put in your mouth. The portion of the wrapper that needs to be cut off or removed in order to draw on the cigar makes up the head.

Holder

A cigar holder is a tool that is used to support the cigar’s head during smoking. Your lips are protected from the actual tobacco by a cigar holder that you place in your mouth. Although a cigar holder enables the user to savor a cigar right down to the tiniest stub, it is uncommon to see or use one.

Homogenized Tobacco Leaf

It refers to a mixture of tobacco waste that has been processed into a sheet and combined with cellulose adhesive before being sliced up for use in low-cost cigars produced by machines. It goes by the name HTL and is never used in high-end, hand-made cigars.

Honduras

One of the top producing countries for so-called “New World” cigars is the Republic of Honduras. It borders Nicaragua, which also makes high-quality cigars.

Humidification Element 

The humidification element, which is the source of humidity within a humidor, is sometimes referred to as a repository or a humidification unit. A typical system consists of floral foam enclosed in a metal or plastic container with vent openings to allow moisture to escape. They are frequently refilled with propylene glycol solutions or distilled water.

Humidor

It is a case for keeping cigars. Spanish cedar is frequently used to make humidors, which have a tight seal and are meant to lock in and retain humidity at a desired level, usually 65-70% RH (relative humidity).

Hygrometer

It is a gadget that gauges humidity within a humidor. There are many digital models available today that provide humidity and temperature measurements in addition to analog hygrometers, which still have a dial.

I:

Inhale

It refers to taking in the smoke through your diaphragm or lungs. Although it’s a widespread habit among cigarette smokers, never try it with a cigar.

ISOM

“Island South of Miami,” or ISOM as it’s known online, is a reference to Cuba. 

J: 

Jamastran

It is a South-Honduran tobacco-growing valley near Danlí that is close to the Nicaraguan border.

Jalapa 

Pronounced as (Hah-LAH-Pah), it is one of the three main tobacco-growing regions in Nicaragua. Due to its upscale flavor, tobacco cultivated in the Jalapa Valley is frequently utilized as a wrapper. Estel and Condega are Nicaragua’s other two highly sought tobacco-growing districts.

L:

Lance

It is a cigar cutter used to make a tiny hole in a cigar’s closed end. 

It is also known as a piercer.

Lector

It refers to a person who reads aloud to cigar rollers in a tobacco factory as they work on making cigars. It is still used in Cuba, even if it is less widespread now. This practice is still used in Cuba, even if it is less widespread these days. The book Count of Monte Cristo, written by Alexandre Dumas, was a favorite book of Cuban cigar makers who were entertained by lectors who read it to them. The Montecristo cigar brand takes its name from this book.

Lieberman

It is a hand-controlled bunching tool, named after its inventor, that rolls the filler into the binder using a rubber sheet.

Ligero

Ligero, Viso, and Seco are the three categories used to grade tobacco for filler leaves, with Ligero being the strongest, Viso being the second most powerful, and Seco being the mildest. The top of a tobacco plant is where ligero leaves are found. These leaves are thicker and more robust since they receive the most sunlight.

Lighter Fluid

Wick lighters use liquid fuel to burn. It is not advised to light cigars with them because the liquid fuel is unrefined and can dilute the flavor of a high-end cigar. Instead of lighters that use lighter fluid, wooden matches or butane lighters are preferred to light cigars.

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