Of the three major cigar components – wrapper, binder and filler – it’s the wrapper leaves that readily present themselves for inspection when you’re making your purchase. Some industry experts claim that up to 75% of the flavor of a cigar comes from the wrapper – so be sure to get to know them well. “Kick the tires” so to speak of each new stogie you buy.
To pass muster, wrapper leaves should be thick and have an oily feeling. They should possess a smooth and uniform color, with small veining running throughout the leaf. The veins should be subtle, not prominent, and no blemishes should mar the leaf. [Read more…]