The Colors Of Cuban Cigar Wrappers

Today in Havana about 60 colors are concentrated on when using and working with wrappers, mainly between claros and maduros.  What I want to concentrate on today is to give examples of the PRINCIPAL colors used.  I’ll try to give a brief description of the colors and characteristics in the picture blow.

Clarissimo (green)..This color is often obtained by protecting the leaf from full sunlight. No real process maturing process is used when going after this one and the leaf is cut and removed from the plant while still immature.  After the cigars are rolled these wrappers are quite often brittle, mild in taste and can’t be kept and aged for any length of time.

Double Claro (claro claro)..Once again this wrapper leaf is removed from the plant before it is fully mature and wood fires are used in the drying process.

Claro..Still again these leaves are removed from the plant before fully mature and are quickly air dried.  Examples of brands who use these for wrappers can be Montecristo No. 4 or Quai d’Orsay.  The claros are usually used when rolling lighter flavored cigars.

Colorado claro.. These leaves, from the top of the plant, are allowed to mature longer than the above examples.  These slightly stronger colors are a slightly more full-bodied tobacco.

Colorado.. These are a more mid-brown and medium strength tobacco that go through more of a maturing process.  An example of these wrappers would be used when rolling cigars like a Montecristo No. 1.

Maduro colorado.. These leaves have been allowed to mature at more of an advanced stage and can be used when rolling stronger cigars like those from Partagas.

Maduro.. These leaves, from the top of the plant, have aged from absorbing a lot more sunlight.  More experienced smokers prefer wrappers like these that are aged as long as possible.  These are used in some churchill wrappers.  Romeo y Julieta cigars are very close to being maduro.

Oscuro, black or negro..  If there is any difficulty in some smokers’ preference, it could come from these wrappers.  These leaves have absorbed the most sunlight at the top of the plant and have the most strength.  Brazilian cigars often use these wrappers.