A cigar's outermost leaves, or wrapper, come from the widest part of the plant. The wrapper determines
much of the cigar's character and flavor,and as such its color is often used to describe the cigar as a
whole. In general, dark wrappers add a touch of sweetness, while light ones add a hint of dryness to the
very light, slightly greenish (also called Candela, American Market Selection or jade); achieved by
picking leaves before maturity and drying quickly, the color coming from retained green chlorophyll;
formerly popular, now rare.
very light tan or yellowish. Indicative of shade-grown tobacco.
medium brown, includes Natural and English Market Selection
Distinctive reddish-brown (also called Rosado or Corojo)
darker brown; often associated with African wrapper from Cameroon, and Honduran or Nicaraguan
grown wrapper from Cuban seed.
Very dark brown or black; primarily grown in Connecticut, Mexico, Nicaragua and Brazil.
Very black, (also called Double Maduro), often oily in appearance; has become more popular in the
2000s; mainly grown in Cuba, Nicaragua, Brazil, Mexico, and Connecticut, USA.
American Market Selection (AMS) synonymous with Double Claro
English Market Selection (EMS) typically Colorado Claro, but can refer to any color stronger than
Double Claro but milder than Maduro
Spanish Market Selection (SMS) either of the two darkest colors, Maduro and Oscuro