All you need to know aboutcigar wrappers
A cigar wrapper is the outer leaf used to manufacture a cigar. This is typically the most expensive tobacco leaf used, and is one of the most important parts of the cigar since it can dictate the overall look and construction of the cigar.
In Spanish, a cigar wrapper is known as “Capa” (pronounced /kapa/). The exact Spanish translation of wrapper is “envoltura,” but Capa is the proper “cigar term” used in the industry.
Cigar Wrapper Myths
A darker wrapper means a stronger cigar
This is just not true.
The overall flavor of a cigar is given by the entire blend of the cigar, not only the wrapper.
However, this misconception probably comes from the fact that a lot of manufacturers tend to use stronger blends with darker wrappers, but this is not a standard and it’s not always the case.
Never judge a book by its cover.
Read more in our article: Are darker cigars stronger?
A cigar wrapper should be smooth and have no veins
One common misconception is that all premium cigar wrappers have to be very smooth and not veiny.
In general, that is true for some of the most popular cigar wrappers, like the Connecticut Shade. And that it’s actually by design. The art of growing Connecticut Shade tobacco, over the years, was “engineered” to produce leaves that would offer a smooth texture and refined beauty.
However, not all cigar wrappers are created equally.
For instance, a premium Cameroon wrapper might have a bumpy surface and a Pennsylvania broadleaf might be veiny and have a rough surface. And those are actually normal traits of those tobacco leaves.
Cigars are like food.
There are some dishes that are icons of fine dining, and they are some that are not. But, that doesn’t mean that they are any less tasty or worthy of your palate.
In fact, don’t be surprised to see a lot of high-end cigars deviate from the “norm” and offer very high quality cigars that drift away from what you might consider “classic” practices.
Clearly, sticking to the classics sounds like a safe choice, especially if you are new to the cigar world. But as you get more into it, you are bound to step out of your comfort zone and wonder around the great diversity of fine hand rolled cigars.
Never judge a book by its cover. But learning about the author and how it was written will help you understand if it’s a book you want to read.
4 things to look for in a cigar wrapper
The type of tobacco and where it’s grown makes a huge difference in terms of how a cigar wrapper should look like.
However, there are a four simple things you can always look for in a wrapper before picking a cigar:
- Inspect the entire wrapper and make sure it doesn’t have any blemishes or cracks.
- Avoid cigars with dark or greenish -colored spots. These are most likely signs of water damage or bad curing practices.
- The wrapper should be fairly uniform in color and will have no loose seams. Otherwise, these are indications of poor quality construction.
- Look for indications of oil in the wrapper, and not dryness. Although some tobacco leaves will be “oilier” than other ones; in general, tobacco secrets oil when is properly stored and humidified.
Our most important tip
Always keep learning and have fun.
Before buying a new cigar that uses a wrapper you haven’t heard of, we recommend researching online the exact type of wrapper the manufacturer is using.
You will learn tons, and have a lot of fun while doing so.
Learn more about Xurvivor Cigars.