As you read our site, cigar reviews or other literature, you’ll come across a range of acronyms and abbreviations. Here’s a handy list of what they mean. Some are technical and many are simply slang.
Our Cigars Direct Guide also includes a complete list of terms.
898 or 8-9-8: Refers to a common way that boxes of 25 cigars are packed. Three layers are used; the bottom and top layers contain eight cigars while the middle layer has nine.
AF: Arturo Fuente
B&M: Brick and mortar; refers to local cigar retailers vs. online retailers.
BBF: Bolivar Belicoso Fino.
BBMF: Refers to the AF Opus X cigar with a sizeable reputation. The acronym starts with Big Bad Mother…
BCG: Bolivar Corona Grande.
BOTL: Brothers of the leaf; A collegial way to describe other cigar enthusiasts.
CA: Cigar Aficionado Magazine, perhaps the most influential publication and website dedicated to cigars.
Cammie: Cameroon wrapper.
CF: Cigar Family – Fuente and J.C. Newman cigars
CRA: Cigar Rights of America is a smokers’ group dedicated to protection smokers’ freedom to enjoy cigars in public places such as cigar bars and lounges.
CS Wrapper or CS: A Connecticut shade wrapper.
DC Max: Diamond Crown Maximus cigar.
ESG: Estate sun grown, used of Ashton ESG cigars
FFOX: Fuente Fuente Opus X cigars
HDM: Hoyo de Monterrey cigars.
Mac: Macanudo cigars.
Maddie or Maddy: Maduro wrapper.
Monte/Monty: Montecristo Cigars.
PAM: Padrón Anniversary
PAN: Padrón Anny with a natural wrapper.
PP: Punch Cigars Punch brand.
RP: Rocky Patel
RyJ: Romeo y Julieta Cigars.
Shark: Fuente Anejo #77 cigar.
SLB: Slide lid box.
SOTL: Sister of the Leaf; a woman who enjoys smoking cigars.
TBN: Tabaco Bawah Naungan, an Indonesian shade-grown wrapper.
VSG: Virgin sun grown
wrapper, an Ashton brand.