The ‘blood’ of a Cuban cigar is the tobacco leaves.
What kinds of tobacco are there? Corojo: It forms an important envelope. In order to maintain a smooth appearance, do not expose it to direct sunlight. Tobacco fields are covered with gauze soon after planting.Criollo: The main components of the tomato core. Deliberately exposed to the sun as a way to get more of the flavor of tobacco.
How many parts of a tobacco leaf are divided from the top to the bottom, and what are they used for? Corojo only offers wrapped and bound leaves. Respectively used for tomato coat and tomato cover. Criollo is in charge of tobacco for eggplant cores. From top to bottom there is Centro Gordo(forming shallow leaves), Centro Fino, Centro Ligero (forming dry leaves). Base and Middle 1.1/2 (UNo Y Medio) and Libre de Pie (forming light leaves). The structure of each part of the cigar affects the taste and smoking experience.
Three parts and their functions: Leaf wrap (including tomato coat and tomato jacket). A good leaf wrapper needs to be highly uniform in structure and color, as well as first-class in flavor and aroma. The conductivity of the wrapper is also very important. Most of the aroma of the cigar is contained in the wrapper. The good conductivity of the wrapper can fully release the aroma of the rolled leaf and the eggplant core. In addition, on the one hand, the cigarette needs to be flexible, thin and tightly wrapped, and on the other hand, the concentration needs to be strong enough for subsequent processing. All of these properties have a positive effect on the combustion of a cigar.
To Cubans, there are more than 80 different colors of baguettes, and with modern technology there are more than 140. While the wrapper does not determine the flavor of a cigar, it can be used to determine flavor intensity and aroma. But the strength and quality of a cigar depend more on other factors. The longer the leaf stays in the sun, the more fat and sugar it contains. If special cases are ignored, the simple conclusion can be drawn. The darker the cigar wrapper, the stronger and sweeter the flavor. We can simply sum up seven reference colors of leaf cladding:
1) Turquoise (Claro Claro) The color of the leaf envelope begins with a yellow-green color, crosses over olive green and ends with a bluish-brown color, sometimes producing a slight aberration that resembles a deep gold color. Usually because the harvest is too early, the tobacco is not fully ripe, and a short drying period is carried out by heating. Also known as Doble Claro, Double Claro, Candela, and AMS (short for American Market Selection), the color is popular in North America, and the cigars used in this leaf-wrapped style tend to be light in flavor and relatively light in flavor.
2) Light brown (Claro) The brightest colors are solid brown, often with a line of light yellow.Many shade plants have this color in their foliage.Most are harvested near ripeness and then air-dried.Also known as natural, it is often found on mild cigars.
3) Medium brown (Colorado Claro)They range in color from light brown to golden-brown and are grown in shade or sun-grown tobacco. The envelope receives more sunlight than either.The use of this leaf-wrapped cigar is generally moderate in flavor and fragrant.
4) Dark red-brown (Colorado)Leaf envelope marked from medium brown to reddish. Aroma and taste medium alcohol strong.Popular in the UK, it is also known as EMS (UK Market Select)
5) Dark brown(colorado maduro)The dark envelope color code starts here. Usually fragrant and tangy, the leaf is picked at full maturity.
6) Dark brown like coffee(maduro)Mainly black and brown. It’s fatty, sweet, but it doesn’t have a lot of aroma and basically comes from the upper part of the tobacco and it stays in the sun. Rich and intense is his traditional style. Also known as SMS (Spanish Market Selection) because of its popularity in the Spanish market.
7) Near black (OSCuro) The color code starts at black and brown until it becomes black completely. Without exception, they are fully exposed to the sun. High oil and strong smell.
The coating is used to wrap the cigar and help the cigar give off better aroma and appearance.When the coating is used as a wrapper, the flue is reserved for the cigar to act as a combustion aid, and contains most of the aroma source of the cigar when it is not lit. Eggplant cores are the main source of flavor for cigars.