Are darker cigars stronger?

No, this is a common misconception of cigars. While darker tobacco leaves typically are indeed stronger than lighter colored ones, the overall flavor of the cigar is determined by the entire blend (wrapper, filler and binder) of the cigar, and not the just the wrapper.

Pinterest iconNo, this is a common misconception of cigars. The overall flavor of the cigar is determined by the entire blend (wrapper, filler and binder) of the cigar

For instance, you can produce a very strong, full-bodied cigar using enough “Ligero” leaves in the filler (leaves from the top of the tobacco plant) and a very light-colored Connecticut Shade wrapper.

This answer can be confusing. After all, you will hear from a lot of people and read all over the Internet that the darker the color of the tobacco, the stronger the flavor “might” be.

Never judge a book by its cover.

Going back to our previous example, always remember you can create a very mild cigar with a dark Maduro wrapper, or vice versa, just by controlling the type of leaves you use inside of the cigar.

It’s worth mentioning that a large number of brands generally do tend to produce stronger blends when using darker wrappers. However, this is not a rule or a requirement, and is not always the case.

To know for certain how strong a cigar is, always look at the manufacturer’s description of that cigar. You can also find cigar reviews that will describe the flavor profiles of all premium cigars.


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