Acronyms and Abbreviations to Know

September 16, 2014

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.

Humi: Humidor.

Mac: Macanudo cigars.

Maddie or Maddy: Maduro wrapper.

Monte/Monty: Montecristo Cigars.

PAM: Padrón Anniversary (Anny) Maduro.

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.