he color of
a cigar's wrapper is generally the key to its flavor. The darker
the wrapper, the more full-bodied and sweeter a cigar is likely
to be, although the true determinant is the color of the filler.
A few important variables affect the final flavor and quality of
wrapper: their location on the planet; when they are harvested;
and how they are fermented or dried. The longer a leaf stays on
the plant and the more sunlight it receives, the darker it will
Cigar wrappers can be classified into six basic colors, although
there are dozens of possible shades. The basic colors of wrappers
range from Claro (pale brown) to Oscuro (black).
Double Claro (also called Claro Claro, Jade, or candela)
- greenish brown. The color is achieved by picking the leaf before
it reaches maturity and then drying it rapidly. Very mild, almost
bland, with very little oil.
Claro - pale brown, like milky coffee. The classic mild cigar
color. The color is also called " natural ", as is colorado
Colorado Claro - mild-brown, tawny.
Colorado - reddish dark brown, aromatic. This color is associated
with well-matured cigars.
Colorado Maduro - dark brown, medium strength, rather more aromatic
than maduro. Usually gives a rich flavor.
Oscuro - more or less black. Very strong with little bouquet.
Wrappers of this color though one popular, are rarely produced today.
color is approximations