Nicotine is the main alkaloid present in the tobacco plant. According to Min Ron Nee, “bitterness is believed to be the taste of nicotine” and it decreases through fermentation and aging.
There are two important reasons why Ecuador has become the Mecca for premium cigar wrapper tobacco: its soil and cloud-filled skies.
The first impression is decisive, and because the wrapper is the calling-card of every cigar, it is of particular importance. Many feel that the shinier the wrapper, the better its quality. However, put so generally, this is not true.
Discolouration of the cigar wrapper is usually a pigment fault in the leaf. We explain the causes of green or greyish green stains, yellow or light brown spots and whitish-grey spots.
Wrappers should have allure and charm. Moderate veining, even coloring, a discreet sheen, and absence of defects are essential attributes. Combustibility, texture and elasticity are less visible but even more vital. Beyond the traditional aspects, the wrapper’s aromatic influence is heavily debated.