Cigar Safari: Separating Wrapper & Binder at Joya de Nicaragua

While on the Cigar Safari in Nicaragua with Drew Estate, one of the first hand lessons received was on how a wrapper leaf (the “capa”) is qualified and what separates it from a leaf to be used as the binder. Mario of Joya De Nicaragua defines the differences involved and shows us specific examples. Because the fermentation process maintains the flavor produced from the leaf, here we are looking at aesthetics which also plays into functionality when the cigar is rolled.

Mario also teaches us that a Connecticut shade leaf is great as a binder because it is very thin and will help maintain a proper burn on the cigar. This video helps to see the difference between the different types of leaves, their textures, and exactly what part of the leaf is used and why. Any leaves that don’t make the classification of wrapper or binder are still used (waste nothing!) as filler.

Thank you, Mario, for this wonderful demonstration!

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