Cigars 101

Are lighter colored wrapper leaves easier on the palate?

Reading Time: < 1 minute

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.

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
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
cigar advisor news-epc encore el futuro cigar release-cover photo

CIGAR NEWS: E.P. Carrillo Renews Encore Line with El Futuro Cigar

Reading Time: 2 minutes E.P. Carrillo Cigars is following one of its best acts, the 96-rated (and “2018 Cigar of the Year”) Encore Majestic, with a new size: the EPC Encore El Futuro. Rolled to a true 5×50 Robusto, El Futuro certainly shows great promise. Learn more here.

Read More
cigar advisor fan mail questions part 46 cover

FAN MAIL: YOUR BURNING CIGAR QUESTIONS ANSWERED (PART 46)

Reading Time: 2 minutes If all tobacco is grown in the sun, why is only some called Sun Grown? What does it mean when a cigar is ‘frontloaded’? The Advisors answer these questions and more in Part 46 of our Fan Mail series. Check out their quick video answers now!

Read More
top 8 best rated davidoff cigars cover

CA 2021 Report: Top 8 Best Rated Davidoff Cigars

Reading Time: 6 minutes Some say they’re too pricey, but most cigar smokers agree that Davidoff cigars excel at all of the criteria that make great cigars. You’ll learn why in these eight cigars ranked among Davidoff’s best by avid cigar smokers like you.

Read More
2020 top brazilian wrapper cigars Cigar Advisor Cover

2020 CA Report: Top 10 Brazilian Wrapper Cigars

Reading Time: 6 minutes Brazil has become a go-to tobacco for blends, especially when it comes to their zesty Maduros. Find out what makes Brazilian wrapper special, see a snapshot of their history, and see our picks for the best Brazilian cigars in show!

Read More