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Types of Wrappers

Comparison of Cigar Wrappers

Connecticut wrappers are shade-grown tobacco leaves from Connecticut seeds. They are typically grown either in the United States or in Ecuador. The process of shade-grown refers to being grown under giant sheets of cheesecloth. This helps prevent the leaves from being exposed to too much sunlight, which gives them a milder and extremely smooth flavor profile. The taste that the leaves embody is dependant on the length of time that the leaves are aged. Connecticut wrappers can give a spicy, ammoniac aroma, or sometimes a peppy taste. Because of their low sugar content, Connecticut wrappers tend to retain a more "dry" taste than the darker wrappers.

Maduro wrappers are the “mature” or “ripe” cigar leaves, which gives them a dark brown color. The process of making a Maduro wrapper can takes years to accomplish properly, which adds to their sense of maturity providing a stronger, more complex, and heavier flavor profile. The tobacco leaves are picked and then cured in a barn until the green leaves turn into a rich brown color, taking up to 45 days. The Maduro leaves are then aged for several years, which brings out the natural sugars in the tobacco leaves, giving the cigars a darker color and distinct caramel sweetness. Leaves used to make Maduro wrappers are significantly thicker than non-maduro leaves, allowing them to withstand a longer fermentation and maturing process without disintegrating. Maduro wrappers can produce a variety of flavors depending on how long they are aged, including dark chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, black pepper, dried fruit, and black cherry. Maduro wrappers tend to offer a more full, sweet and rich flavor.

Double Wrap cigars feature two wrappers, often a Connecticut wrapper and a Maduro wrapper that are inter-rolled along the cigar. The double wrap process allows cigars to benefit from the flavor profiles of both types of wrappers, providing a hybrid flavor. For example, the combination of a Connecticut wrapper and a Maduro wrapper provides a taste that may be smoother than a straight Maduro, but more rich than a straight Connecticut wrapper.

Natural wrappers tend to be for smokers who like spicier cigars whom ponder the reason why these cigars have such a specific “bite”. To many smokers, natural wrappers sit in between Connecticut wrappers and Maduro wrappers on the taste and strength

Cameroon wrappers originate in Cameroon, Africa with the seeds either being grown in West Africa or more recently in other countries like the Dominican Republic. Cameroon wrappers tend to have a very distinct "toothy" grain. Rich and peppery, yet smooth and manageable, Cameroon wrappers are very versatile and can be used to make both mild and strong cigars.

Habano wrappers are generally grown from Cuban seeds giving them a flavor profile and spiciness that resembles that of a Cuban cigar. Strong, spicy, cedary and espresso are just some of the many flavors you will get from cigars that have Habano wrappers, along with a strong nicotine rush. Darker in color than a Natural wrapper, yet lighter than a maduro, a high-quality Habano wrapper tends to be a dark and rich brown color that often has more oily shine. Habano wrappers are generally grown in countries with soil that is suitable to growing strong tobacco, with the largest producer of Habano wrappers being Nicaraguan.

Sun Grown Habano wrappers combines a blend of prime Nicaraguan and Dominican tobacco, wrapped in Sun Grown Habano leaves. The Sun Grown Leaves produce thicker, darker wrappers, making for a sweeter smoke. This medium- to full-bodied cigar contains hints of toasted sweet vanilla and dark cocoa bean, allowing for a perfectly well-rounded smoke.