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What Makes Some Cigar Wrappers “Toothy?”

Cigar Q&A: What Does “Toothy” Mean?

Q: I’ve often seen some cigars described as having a “toothy” appearance. What does that mean – and is it a good thing?

A: “Toothy” refers to the rough-textured feel of the wrapper leaf like Connecticut Broadleaf, as opposed to the silky feel of Connecticut Shade. This “toothiness” comes from tiny pimples on the leaf, that are filled with tobacco oils, and usually the result of sun-grown wrappers.

To answer your second question, toothy wrappers on cigars are a good thing. The advantage to toothy leaves is they tend to be more oily and flavorful. Both Sumatra and Cameroon leaf are naturally toothy, and when cured properly, are sweet in flavor and very aromatic. The toothiest tobacco leaf of all is African Cameroon, but toothiness is found in wrappers from just about every tobacco-growing country.

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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