The color of a cigar wrapper is one of the most important characteristics. It depends on the leaves that were used for rolling and on curing methods. Each type of wrapper gives a unique taste and flavor to a cigar.
The most widely known colors are:
Double Claro: Light green to yellow shade wrapper also called Candela. It is achieved by a heat-assisted quick-drying process. This wrapper is characterized by a very mild flavor and slightly sweet taste.
Claro: A light tan wrapper which achieves is color by growing, usually, under shade tents. Leaves are picked before they mature and are quickly air-dried. As a rule claro cigars are mild and smooth because the wrapper does not make an impact on the flavor.
Colorado Claro: Light brown to brown, also called Natural, often sun-grown wrappers. The result is a fuller bodied flavor.
Colorado: Medium-brown to reddish dark brown. Usually shade-grown and robust and rich in flavor.
Colorado Maduro: Dark brown with an aromatic and rich medium flavor.
Maduro: Very dark reddish-brown to almost black. It is achieved either by “cooking” the leaves in a pressure chamber, or fermenting them for a longer period of time in very hot conditions. The wrapper is usually sweet and indicates a strong flavor.
Oscuro: The darkest maduro wrapper, almost black as a result of being left on the plant and allowed to ferment longer. Cigars are characterized by a full-bodied flavor. As a rule such wrappers are of Nicaraguan, Mexican or Brazilian origin.