The Wrapper Leaf
The wrapper is the first thing, both sight and aroma that draws us to a particular cigar. This leaf is the most expensive tobacco used in a cigar. The wrapper to filler ratio lends to more taste, some say. In climates where necessary, the tobacco used for wrapper is grown under cover of cheese cloth to protect these delicate leafs from growing thicker and tougher under the sun. The wrapper learf will range in color from very light tan (claro) to very dark, almost black (oscuro)
The Binder Leaf
The binder leaf, covered by the wrapper, is usually grown in full sun. Good binder leaf should be absorbent, to capture air flow, be sourced from the middle of the plant and have underdeveloped leaf veins. This tobacco will be moderately elastic and be easily lighted.
The Filler Leaf
Filler leafs are responsible for the traits on which a cigar’s quality will be based. Quality of filler will make or break any cigar. This leaf needs full sun exposure to maximize naturally occurring chemicals necessary for a quality cigar. Filler also provides the finished cigar the kick that we attribute body in a premium cigar. This leaf will be high in nicotine content and will have a distinct and robust flavor. Filler provides aroma in the smoke. The long leaf filler will be pliable and, naturally, easily lighted.
Impact of the Wrapper
The wrapper is the portion of a cigar that touches your lips. Oils in the leaf dissolve in saliva and the rich flavor greets the smoker. The greater concentration of oils in the wrapper leaf the more flavor enjoyed. The wrapper, however, is not as rich in flavor and taste as the filler.
A dark colored wrapper leaf is typically associated with a bolder taste. That will be experienced by the smoker and individual taste will be addressed. The particular flavor and intensity depend on the conditions under which the tobacco was grown, the drying method and process of conditioning or aging.