Cigars 101

Are lighter colored wrapper leaves easier on the palate?

A:  In most cases, lighter colored wrapper leaves tend to be milder in flavor. It also depends on where the wrapper is grown and how it’s cured.

For example, one of the great myths is that maduro wrapper is stronger, but there are plenty of mild maduro cigars to choose from. Some that come to mind are CAO Maduro, Macanudo Maduro, and Maroma Maduro, whereas a Colorado-hued Habano leaf grown in Nicaragua, like that found on the 601 (Red) Habano cigars, can be very spicy. Of course, the core blend (filler & binder) also play a big role in a cigar’s strength.

Generally speaking, Connecticut Shade-grown and Sumatra wrapper leaves are the mildest, as found on the Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne cigars and Baccarat Sumatra 1997 respectively.

Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut wrappers are also mild. Yet because they are grown under natural cloud cover, not “shade grown” under a tapado. they tend to be a shade darker and offer a little more flavor. Good examples of this would be the Rocky Patel American Market Selection cigars and Value Line Honduran 300.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

Show all Gary Korb's Articles
nowsmoking H Upmann Connecticut Toro cigar review Cigar Advisor Cover

#nowsmoking: H. Upmann Connecticut Toro

The H. Upmann Connecticut is “smooth, smooth, smooth…” – it’s also a contender to be one of the best Connecticut cigars we’ve smoked all year. Want more? See what else you need to know about this cigar, when you click & read our super-fast H. Upmann Connecticut cigar review now…

Read More
5 things about pa broadleaf tobacco cacover

5 Things You Need To Know About… Pennsylvania Broadleaf Tobacco

Cheesesteaks, Yuengling (pronounced ying-ling), and potholes the size of moon craters are as Pennsylvanian as it gets – but what about the tobacco? We spent a day at the Drew Estate PA Barn Smoker which, as a life-long Pennsylvanian, led me down the rabbit-hole of what goes into growing and using this heavy tobacco in cigars – and why some say it’s making a comeback.

Read More
top new cigars may 18 2018 CACover

CA Report: Top New Cigars – May 18 2018

You’ve already endured the sweaty days of mowing, power washing and weeding; so kick back, take a break and let us bring you the top new cigars this week: a soon-to-be-classic from Henry Clay, a rare Romeo, a C&A boutique gem, and a festive limited edition from our friends at CAO. Add these picks to your humidor now!
Read More
how to make a dark and stormy cocktail and cigar pairing CACover

How to Make a Dark and Stormy + Cigar Pairing Recommendation

Want to learn how to make a Dark and Stormy cocktail? Here’s our house recipe – along with a special cigar pairing from Oliva that will make this drink shine. Get the recipe and see how it’s made, with our simple Dark and Stormy drink instructions!
Read More