Useful Tobacco Terminology A to B

As an industry that has existed for hundreds and hundreds of years and has drawn its influence from all around the world, the terminology attached to the tobacco industry is varied and sometimes complicated. This can be incredibly confusing to the newcomers to tobacco who are not sure of the difference between a humidor and a hogshead. Here are some of the key terms that you will encounter on our website or when you compare tobaccos with your smoking acquaintances.

A storage box for cigars that can stack 25 cigars, with 8 on the bottom layer, 9 in the middle and another 8 on top.

Acidic Tobacco
Having the sour tastes of an acid of a pH level of lower than 7. The tobacco in cigarettes are acidic unlike the tobacco in cigars and pipes, these are alkali tobaccos.

Active Humidifier
A mechanism designed to create humidity to improve the condition in which tobaccos are stored.

Refers to the hue of shade grown wrapping leaf. Amarillo is Spanish for yellow.

The person responsible for curating the temperature, humidity and aging process standards for tobaccos and cigars.

The aging process of tobacco during slow decomposition. During the process, tobaccos release ammonia and impurities slowly and develop.

The band that goes around a cigar.

Short for Brick and Mortar, this refers to physical tobacconists.

Cigars in a pyramid shape about 5 inches long.

A concoction of water and tobacco residue that is used to wet down the tobacco prior to fermentation.

Billiard Pipe
A pipe that contains a slightly rounded bowl and straight stem.

The duel and often contradictory effects of consuming nicotine. The biphasic effect manifests itself in both mental alertness and physical relaxation.

The part of the stem of a pip that the teeth and the lips rest upon.

Like in whiskeys, some tobacco producers mix various single blend tobaccos together to make a unique taste and sensation.

Blue Mold
The scourge of tobacco producers; Blue Mold is the common name for Peronospara Tabacina which manifests itself as an airborne fungus which can ravage an entire tobacco field/plantation.

The mid-section of the cigar, sometimes referred to as the barrel.

The delicate slip of paper used to cover cigars in the cigar box.

Bonsack Machine
Patented in 1880 by James Albert Bonsack, this was the first commercial cigarette injecting machine and heralded the beginning of the mass-produced cigarette industry.

The foot or end of the cigar.

As in wine, the bouquet is the smell or aroma produced by the cigar.

The name given to the Ox that were traditionally used to plough tobacco fields and help cultivate the crops.

The hard wood growth on trees that creates the circular grain pattern on many pipes.

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