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Important Cigar Terminology: From M to R

We’ve put together a comprehensive list of typical cigar vocabulary from M to R whenever you need a crash course in cigar nomenclature. If you need a quick and simple resource, you can find a ton of cigar words here. The two previous articles we posted, which cover the first 12 letters of the alphabet, are continued in this one. We will now talk about the following six letters, i.e., from M to R.



Maduro means “ripe” in Spanish. It describes a particular color of wrapper leaf, usually, one that is exceptionally dark brown or even black. The production of Maduro wrapping can be facilitated by either prolonged fermentation or sunlight exposure during which the sugars in the tobacco ascend to the leaf’s surface. Connecticut Broadleaf is the most common kind of Maduro wrap.

Medio Tiempo 

They are the little leaves that develop at the apex of a tobacco plant and are pronounced Meh-Deeyo Tee-Yem-Poh. They are favored by cigar manufacturers for their deep, strong flavors because they get maximum sunshine.


It is another name for Cuban cigars. Cigars with a mixed filler are still handcrafted but include a combination of short and long filler tobacco.


Cigar bundles (binder and filler leaves) are inserted into a mold to create the desired cigar shape. The bottom and top halves of a cigar mold are pressed together to form the entire mold, which might be made of plastic or wood.


When cigars are stored at very high temperatures, a blue or green fungus may grow on them. This condition is also referred to as mold. Mold-contaminated cigars should never be consumed and should be thrown away.

Mounted Head 

A mounted head, also known as a triple cap, is a cap with three seams. Originally a Cuban style, mounted head cigars are currently produced by a variety of cigar producers in Nicaragua and other countries.



Nicaragua is one of the most well-known countries in the world for cultivating tobacco and making cigars. Nicaragua’s cigar industry is located around the town of Esteli. Esteli, Condega, and Jalapa are Nicaragua’s three principal tobacco-growing regions. Esteli produces the strongest tobacco, Condega’s tobacco is medium in strength, and Jalapa’s tobacco is less potent and best for wrapper leaves. The highly regarded cigar brands My Father, Padron, and La Aroma de Cuba are all produced in Nicaragua.


Nosing, also known as retronasal olfaction, is the process of straining your nose to expel cigar smoke. Your sense of a quality cigar’s flavor and fragrance is made more sophisticated by nosing. 



Oily qualities are typically present in excellent wrapper leaves. It also indicates that the humidity level is appropriate. Darker wrappers, such as Oscuro and Maduro leaves, are more likely to exhibit an oily characteristic than Connecticut wrappers, which are lighter.


Pronounced as “Oh-LORE”, Olor is a tobacco variety from The Dominican Republic and is mostly utilized as a filler and binder. The big leaves that Olor generates set it apart from other plants.


The deepest shade of wrapper leaf is called Oscuro. Darker than Maduros, Oscuro wrappers might be linked to a noticeable strength.



It is a cigar with linear or straight parallel sides. Toros, Coronas, Churchills, and traditional Robustos are all categorized as Parejos. Figured cigars, also known as Figurados, such as Belicosos, Torpedos, and Perfectos, are different from Parejos.

Passive Humidification

It is a humidification system that doesn’t require energy or batteries to run. The majority of Boveda humidity packs and conventional humidification units that are provided with humidors (such as those made of floral foam) are passive.


It refers to a cigar shape that has tapered ends. Perfectos come in a variety of sizes and shapes, so the phrase is sometimes used interchangeably with figurado.

Petit Corona 

It refers to a cigar size between 4.5 and 5 inches long with a ring gauge of 38 to 42. The typical Corona shape is scaled down to create Petit Coronas. The shape is perfect for when you go out for a cigar in chilly or bad weather, as it can be quickly smoked and has a higher flavor intensity.


A piercer is a type of cigar cutter that punctures the cigar’s cap to let air flow through the cigar. 


Primings are the longitudinal parts of a tobacco plant. The leaves produced by each priming are suitable for rolling into particular cigar parts. Seco, Volado, Ligero, and Viso are the most prevalent primings. Tobacco leaves are always plucked from the bottom up. As you move up the plant, the leaves get stronger, with the topmost leaves being the strongest since they receive the most sunshine. It takes a few days between every priming’s harvests for the plant to keep growing.


A pyramid is a particular type of cigar shape with an open foot and a pointy head, also known as a torpedo. 



Pronounced as “Key-skey-Yeh”, Quisqueya is a structure that certain regions of the Dominican Republic utilize for curing tobacco. Comparatively speaking, a quisqueya is a less secure and basic facility than regular curing barns.


Ring Gauge

Similar to how your fingers are measured for a ring, the diameter of cigars is expressed in terms of a ring gauge (or 64ths of an inch). A typical Robusto is 5 inches long and 50 ring gauge, or 50/64ths of an inch in thickness. Today, a variety of exceptionally big ring gauges are available, several of which are over an inch thick and have ring gauge measurements of up to 70 or 80.


The Robusto is the most famous cigar shape in the world. Robusto cigars vary in length from 4.75 to 5.75 inches and have a ring gauge of 48 to 52.


Rosado is a Spanish word meaning “rose”. The term “rosado” describes Cuban-seed tobaccos with a reddish-brown hue.


Proper knowledge of cigar lingo is a must to truly belong in the world of cigars. Go ahead and try using these terms in your cigar conversation to sound like a cigar pro. We, at Cingari, have a premium collection of Cuban cigars in India. Check out the collection and buy some of the best cigars today.

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