Useful Tobacco Terminology E to F

The third instalment of Tobacco Specialists A to Z of tobacco lexicology. This time around, we will be looking at the tobacco terms from E to F.

Electronic Cigarette
One of the new entries in this dictionary, electronic cigarettes are alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes wherein the user inhales a vaporised liquid, commonly contain nicotine.

The process of wetting down the tobacco with a mixture made up of water and tobacco residue.

Encallado is the process of growing tobacco for cigar where the workers erect their tents around the perimeter of the growing field to stop the crops from being exposed to the wind.

English Market Selection
A selection of cigars available that traditionally have a light to medium brown body.

Entubado Bunching
The discipline of skilfully rolling each filler leaf into a small scroll. The individually rolled leaves will then be placed together to form a bunch, creating a tighter packed and more balanced cigar, producing an excellent draw.

This is the traditional Spanish term for the aging cabinet where cigars are stored and married post rolling.

Estate Vintage
The estate vintage is the tobacco picked from a specific farm from a specific year’s crop.

Estrujado Bunching
Also known as lazy entubado, Estrujado is a simpler discipline that requires the roller to scroll filler leaves and place them within full tobacco leaves and then wrapped by a binding leaf.

Evaporation Humidification
Typically this humidification process increases the rate of humidity to levels between 70% and 73%. Sometimes this process includes the use of a fan to control the evaporation rate.

The Cuban name for a cigar factory.

This is the vigorous process that produces the main body of flavour and aroma and distinction in cigars. Ammonia is expelled from the leaf alongside other unpalatable organic components when the moisture, heat, oxygen and pressures reach optimum synergy. Tobacco can be ruined if over fermented.

This term refers to any cigar that is not perfectly cylindrical in shape.

Fire Curing
A process that uses small fires to flavour tobacco. The fires are usually held in small spaces to maximise contact.

A small piece of the wrapping leaf that is trimmed to close the head of the cigar to safeguard against spillage.

Flake Cut
Tobacco that has been pressed into blocks and then sliced into thin, flat and broad flakes.

Flat Top
A simple cigar box that is designed to hold just one row of cigars.

Flue Curing
The process of curing when the tobacco is exposed to high levels of heat in an enclosed space. This process fixes the sugar content of the leaves.

The Spanish term that describes the cigar’s strength, vigour, robustness and nicotine level.

The Spanish term given to the quality control committee that is responsible for smoking and testing cigars.

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