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Cigar Flavours | The Cigar Holder London

We’re going to delve into the rich and complicated realm of cigar flavours in this post. We’ll reveal a few of our trade secrets and offer you a better knowledge of how the natural materials and procedures in our Cuban cigars generate their distinct and diverse flavours.

Cigar lovers worldwide appreciate particular brands for the flavour they create in their cigars, with many using food/wine like vocabulary to connote which flavours are their favourites and those that are not. Many believe that within the first few draws of a cigar they are able to differentiate between their favourite brands like Partagas and Montecristo .

Just like people enjoy talking about the different combination of flavours in a dish and the varying aromas found in different wines, most cigar smokers enjoy distinguishing the diverse flavours found within one cigar and its difference to others using very similar terms.

For instance, our Quai D’orsay No.50 is characterized by mild tobacco taste and faint sugary sweetens, with superimposed subtle herbaceous flavours.

As you may have noticed, leather is not within the field of food, and that is where terminology borrowed from other categories has come into play.

Here is an extensive but not all-inclusive list of other terms used by reviewers worldwide: 


Citrus- used when describing a cigar which has a distinctive bite to it.

Cherry- subtle but sweet.

Cocoa- chocolatey smooth.

Coffee- strong and sweet, mostly found in the finish.

Cream- mild and milky.

Honey- often used when describing aged cigars

Mocha- found in the sweeter spots, when cigars are found to emit the combination of chocolate and coffee.

Meaty- strong and savoury.

Orange zest- similar to citrus

Vanilla- sweet and smooth, with a small element of spice.

Tea- usually found in the aged cigars.


Cumin- smoked, woody and musky.

Cinnamon-  hot but sweet.

Liquorice- usually found in the final third of the cigar, this terms almost always connotes excellent taste.

Pepper- white/red and black variety used to describe different flavours.


Cedar- smoky and well rounded.

Grass- Usually used to describe a milder cigar.

Moss- similar to grass, mild in flavour but a little musty.

Oak- drier on the palate, typical of aged cigars.

Lead- metallic undertones.

Carlos Fuente Jr, world-famous cigar connoisseur, doesn’t like to use what he calls ‘elaborate food language’ and in turn uses words like:

Acidic, Balanced, Bitter, Bite, Heavy, Full-bodied, Rich, Smooth, Sour, Sweet

Obviously, just as everybody is different, and personal preferences will always be down to the individual’s palate, your cigar of choice will be down to your preferred flavours.

So how are the different flavours created?

Our Cigars have a number of elements which gives them their unique flavours and tones. The tobacco blend, the age of the leaves, the rolling process and even the wrapper all help create these.

Tobacco Blend

Tobacco grows in various forms and this has a huge impact on its flavour, but the flavour is affected by where its grown too. The geographical location of the tobacco field will either enhance or reduce their spiciness, sweetness and general strength.

Aging Process

Just like an excellent wine, the aging process can too have an outstanding effect on our cigars.  The general term when describing an excellently aged cigar is usually oak, which gives rise to an image of a wise old oak tree standing tall and stoutly in the middle of its forest.

Rolling Process 

All of the time and effort that would have gone into combining and aging these tobaccos would be futile, if the rolling process is not done to an equally fantastic standard. That’s why our cigars are all hand rolled to impeccable quality.


Last, but not least, the wrapper is the final touch to create the perfect finish. Loaded with our finest tobaccos, our wraps will enhance and develop their flavours.

So there you have it, now that you are more knowledgeable about what flavours can be found in our cigars and how we do it, the better their taste will be. Enjoy!

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