The World of the Habano Principal shapes and sizes One of the glories of Habanos is the sheer choice — 27 brands with more than different cigars between them. Here are the main shapes and sizes that it is useful to know about. Habanos come in lengths from under 4 inches mm to over 9 inches mm. Ring gauges vary from 26 i. Sometimes the market name is the same as the factory name, but not often. The same size is often known by different market names in different brands, and different brands may sometimes use the same market name for different sizes.
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They are generally flavorless and bland wrappers. Natural or claro — to protect the leaves from sunlight, which would cause a darkening of the leaf, the tobacco is grown under cheesecloth. Once fully matured, it is allowed to dry naturally and slowly, creating a light brown color.
These leaves create a silky, tan wrapper with a light, delicate, and distinctly smooth taste. Colorado claro or English Market Selection EMS — a slightly darker wrapper than a natural with a slight dark reddish hue.
Has more flavor than a natural cigar, with a slightly spiced or nut-like taste. Colorado — this is not a special variety of tobacco, it is usually grown in Connecticut, but the leaf has an oily reddish leaf with exceptional color and flavor.
Maduro or Spanish Market Selection — a very dark brown, oily leaf with a sweet pronounced taste known for its fullness and richness.
Darkness is caused by leaving the leaf on the tobacco plant as long as possible and left to air-dry naturally. After dried it goes through a process in which it is treated with heat to draw out the oils and cook the tobacco. The oils are then allowed to retreat back into the cigar. Each time this process is repeated the leaf becomes darker and darker. The wrapper sometimes has small veins and bumps on the wrapper because of the type of tobacco used.
Double maduro, oscuro, or maduro maduro — an almost jet-black wrapper with a very rich, pronounced, spicy flavor. The leaves go through an even more extensive processing than Maduro. Expect a bumpy somewhat veiny appearance. The length is measured in inches. A ring cigar would be one inch in diameter. Most cigars are between 32 and ring size. The fatter the cigar, the slower and cooler a cigar smokes because more of the filler is exposed to air.
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Principal shapes and sizes
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