Cigars 101

Cigar Q&A: Questions on Cigar Wrappers

Here are three of the more interesting questions we’ve received, when it comes to cigar wrappers…

  1. Q: Do long filler or short filler cigars perform differently when it comes to the burn, and is one preferred? A: Yes, and to long filler cigars. While there are many good cigars with short and mixed fillers, long filler cigars are preferred for their consistency and a better overall smoke.
  2. Q: Does my choice in cigar wrappers really matter, besides looks? A: The wrapper can actually contribute up to 60% of a cigar’s flavor. The wrapper is the most expensive and important leaves in the entire blend. Try smoking one of your cigars without one. It’s easy to take off. You’ll see. More importantly, the amount of flavor the wrapper lends to the smoke is also dependent on the amount of filler used. Thinner cigars will have more wrapper flavor, whereas thicker cigars will have less. That said, if the cigar is well made, regardless of its size, it should be balanced.
  3. Q: Does the binder have to be the same leaf as the wrapper, and from the same place? A: No. The binder is not necessarily from the country of origin. Used mainly for combustion, the binder is chosen based on the flavor and/or strength the blender wants to achieve.

Do you have questions about cigars, cigar wrappers, and more? Consult our Cigars 101 section for more useful cigar smoking info!

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.

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