Cigar Anatomy

To enjoy a cigar there is no need to understand cigar anatomy. You will still be able to smoke your cigar.

General knowledge of cigar anatomy will help you understand terms that are discussed within this site and others. Understanding cigar anatomy will allow you to understand what it takes to create a high quality cigar. There are three main parts to any cigar. These parts are the CAP, BODY, and FOOT.


The cap of the cigar is the piece of tobacco applied to the head of a cigar to prevent the wrapper from unraveling. The cap is the part of the cigar that you will cut when starting the ritual of a cigar.


The Body is the majority of the cigar. This is the portion of the cigar that is between the Head and Foot. The Body of each cigar is made of three main layers. These layers are Filler, Binder, and Wrapper.


Filler is the tobacco leaves in the center of the cigar. This is what makes up the blend of the cigar.


The Binder is a piece of tobacco that does what it is titled. This binds the filler tobacco. This is the piece of tobacco that is between the filler and the wrapper. Once the binder is applied, the cigar is placed in a form to give it shape before the wrapper is applied.


The Wrapper is the outside of the cigar. Superior grade tobacco is used as the wrapper of the cigar. Even though it is widely debated, I am a believer that the majority of a cigars flavor comes from the wrapper leaf.


The Foot of the cigar is the end of the cigar that you light.

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