A cigar is a tightly-rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco that is ignited so that its smoke may be drawn into the mouth. Cigar tobacco is grown in significant quantities in Brazil, Cameroon, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Philippines, and the Eastern United States.

Cigars are composed of three types of tobacco leaves, whose variations determine smoking and flavor characteristics:

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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:[20]

Cigar Wrapper Color Chart Color Description very light, slightly greenish (also called Candela, American Market Selection or Double jade); achieved by picking leaves before maturity and drying quickly, the color Claro coming from retained green chlorophyll; formerly popular, now rare. Claro very light tan or yellowish. Indicative of shade-grown tobacco. Colorado medium brown, includes Natural and English Market Selection Claro Colorado Distinctive reddish-brown (also called Rosado or Corojo) Colorado darker brown; often associated with African wrapper from Cameroon, and Maduro Honduran or Nicaraguan grown wrapper from Cuban seed. Very dark brown or black; primarily grown in Connecticut, Mexico, Nicaragua Maduro and Brazil. Very black, (also called Double Maduro), often oily in appearance; has become Oscuro more popular in the 2000s; mainly grown in Cuba, Nicaragua, Brazil, Mexico, and Connecticut, USA.

particularly with little cigars. Another option is wooden matches. When lighting. A smoker may swirl the smoke around in the mouth before exhaling it. the cigar should be rotated to achieve an even burn and the air should be slowly drawn with gentle puffs. The band identifies the type of the cigar and may be removed or left on. flavor. The smoker cuts the cap from the head of the cigar and ignites the foot of the cigar. This may be used to light the cigar. but this is uncommon otherwise. usually not inhaling into the lungs. It is not recommended to use fluid-filled lighters and paper matches since they can influence the taste. then puts the unlit end into the mouth and draws smoke into the mouth. odorless and burns clean with very little. Butane is colorless. [24] Cigars packaged in metal tubes will typically include a thin wrapping of cedar. eliminating the problem of lighters or matches affecting the taste. a smoker cuts it. . The smoker draws smoke from the head of the cigar with the mouth and lips.To smoke a cigar. if any. They are not treated and soaked with sulfur and thus the smoke is not affected with chemicals. and may exhale part of the smoke through the nose in order to smell the cigar better as well as to taste it. Lighting The "head" of the cigar is usually the end closest to the cigar band. The opposite end of the cigar is called the "foot". lights it. Some smokers inhale the smoke into the lungs. Cigars can be lit with the use of butane-filled lighters.

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