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Cigar IQ

At Brewski Barn & Wine Cellar, we carry a wide variety of name-brand premium cigars next door in our custom-built Spanish cedar humidor. Some of our selections include Ashton, Arturo Fuente, CAO, Cohiba, Davidoff, Flor De Oliva, Macanudo, Partegas, Punch, Rocky Patel, Romeo y Julietta, Sancho Panza, and many more. We also feature cigar accessories including cutters, premium lighters, lighter refills, bags, and matches. If there is a cigar or accessory we do not carry in the store, please let us know and we will try to get it for you.

We also have a cigar menu available by the display case with specific information about each one of our cigars! The menu will help you choose the perfect smoke based on your preferences.

What makes a cigar?

The Wrapper

Cigars are composed of three types of tobacco leaves, (wrappers, fillers, and binders) whose variations and combinations determine smoking and flavor characteristics.

A cigar’s outermost leaves, or wrapper, come from the widest part of the plant. The wrapper determines much of the cigar’s character and flavor, and as such its color is often used to describe the cigar as a whole. Over 100 wrapper shades are identified by manufacturers, but the seven most common classifications are as follows, from lightest to darkest.

Double Claro (also called Candela or American Market Select)
Green to greenish brown. The color is achieved by picking the leaf before it reaches maturity, and then drying it rapidly. Very mild, almost bland with very little oil.

Claro
Light tan. Usually this is the color of shade grown tobacco. Connecticut Shade wrappers are said to be some of the finest in the world. Shade grown tobacco is grown under large canopies to protect the tobacco from harsh sunlight. Neutral flavor and smooth smoking.

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Natural
Light brown to brown. These are most often sun grown, meaning they are not protected by canopies like shade grown leaves. Fuller bodied flavor than shade grown leaves, but still very smooth.

Colorado Claro
Mid-brown, tawny. (For example, brands such as Dominican Partagas or Fuentes, using Camaroon wrappers.)

Colorado
Reddish dark brown, aromatic. A cigar with this wrapper tastes robust and rich.

Colorado Maduro
Dark brown, medium strength, slightly more aromatic the maduro. Usually gives a rich flavor, as found in many of the best Honduran cigars.

Maduro
Dark brown to very dark brown. These usually have more texture and veining than the lighter wrappers. They are often described as oily looking, with stronger taste - sweet to some palates with a unique aroma.

Oscuro (also called Double Maduro)
Very dark brown or almost black. They are the strongest tasting of all wrappers. These wrappers tend to be from Nicaragua, Brazil, Mexico, or Connecticut Broadleaf.

In general, dark wrappers add a touch of sweetness, while light ones add a hint of dryness to the taste. It is commonly accepted that the wrapper contributes about 40 percent of the flavor, while the filler and binder contributes the other 60 percent. It is generally accepted that maduro cigars are stronger in flavor than the same cigar in a lighter wrapper, but this does not apply to all cigars.

The Filler

The majority of a cigar is made up of fillers, wrapped-up bunches of leaves inside the wrapper. Generally, filler is responsible for determining how strong a cigar smokes. There are two types of filler: long filler (which contains the whole leaf running from the head to the foot of the cigar) and short filler (comprised of scraps of tobacco - often the trimmed ends of long fillers).

The Binder

Binders are elastic leaves used to hold the filler tobacco together. Essentially, binders are wrappers that are rejected because of holes, blemishes, discoloration, or excess veins.

The blending of wrapper, filler, and binder is what determines the overall flavor of a cigar. Many cigar manufacturers pride themselves in constructing the perfect “blend” that will give the smoker the most enjoyment. There is a definite art blending tobaccos to achieve particular flavors. As you smoke different cigars, you'll notice how the various tobaccos used interact with each other. One thing manufacturers do is use the same blend in different sizes, thus producing different tastes. The blend is the same, but the there is a difference in the proportions of each type of leaf used.

Size Matters

Cigars are commonly categorized by the size and shape of the cigar, which together are known as the vitola. The size of a cigar is measured by two dimensions: its ring gauge (its diameter in sixty-fourths of an inch) and its length (in inches). The most common shape is the Parejo, sometimes referred to as simply “coronas”, which have traditionally been the benchmark against which all other cigar formats are measured. They have a cylindrical body, straight sides, one end open, and a round tobacco-leaf “cap” on the other end which must be sliced off, have a V-shaped notch made in it with a special cutter, or punched through before smoking.

Irregularly shaped cigars are known as figurados and are sometimes considered of higher quality because they are more difficult to make. Figurados include the following:

Torpedo
Like a parejo, except that the cap is pointed.

Pyramid
Has a broad foot and evenly narrows to a pointed cap.

Perfecto
Narrow at both ends and bulged in the middle.

Presidente/Diadema
Shaped like a parejo but considered a figurado because of its enormous size and occasional closed foot akin to a perfecto.

Culebras
Three long, pointed cigars braided together.

Tuscanian
The typical Italian cigar, created in the early 19th century when Kentucky tobacco was hybridized with local varieties and used to create a long, tough, slim cigar thicker in the middle and tapered at the ends, with a very strong aroma. It is also known as a cheroot, which is the largest selling cigar shape in the United States.

TYPICAL CIGAR SIZES

Size

Length

Ring

Belicoso

Churchill

Corona

Corona Gorda

Culebras

Demi Tasse

Double Corona

Especial

Gran Corona

Hermoso

Long Panetela

Lonsdale

PanetalaPerla

Petit Corona

Pyramid/Torpedo

Robusto

Rothschild

Tres Petit Corona

5 1/2 inches

7 inches

5 1/2 inches

5 1/4 inches

5 3/4 inches

4 inches

7 1/2 inches

7 1/2 inches

9 1/4 inches

5 inches

7 inches

6 1/2 inches

4 1/2 inches

4 inches

5 inches

5 inches

5 inches

4 1/2 inches

52

47

44

46

39

30

49

38

47

48

36

42

26

40

42

50

50

40

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