Natural cigar wrappers are usually a light color and have a corresponding light taste and texture to the smoke that they generate. They are also referred to as English Market Standard (EMS) wrappers, in some cases.
These wrappers only appear on fine cigars. On cheap cigars, the light wrapper is usually just paper but, on an natural wrapper cigar, it is a leaf and this gives it a far superior taste.
A Maduro wrapper is much darker in color. They can be almost black, in some cases. The darker wrappers sometimes do have a more full-bodied taste, but this isn’t always the case. It depends upon the brand of cigar and how the wrapper is cured. Some Maduro wrappers, however, have a wonderful, rich taste to them.
Most of the time, a natural wrapper will not have the spicy notes that you’ll detect in a Maduro wrapper.
If you’re after a peppery taste, a Maduro wrapper is much more likely to deliver that experience. If you want a lighter tasting cigar, go with the natural wrappers. They sometimes have a bit more bite to them, while the spicy notes of a Maduro are sometimes more soothing.
A Maduro wrapper sometimes gives a cigar a stronger kick, as well, which makes it more suited to slow smoking. Some people love these cigars after a meal or on a night when it’s a bit colder out and when the spicy flavor makes them a bit more appropriate.
Natural wrappers sometimes have quite a bit of kick to them as well, however, though the flavor still tends to be less full-bodied than Maduro wrappers.
No matter what kind of cigar you’re smoking, you need to store it in a humidor.
These boxes ensure that the wrapper and filler stay at the proper humidity levels and, therefore, that you get the most enjoyable experience out of smoking them. The humidity levels also ensure that the wrapper stays intact.
Dried out cigars tend to crumble and the taste tends to suffer a great deal from being stored improperly.
Having a selection of both Maduro and natural cigar wrappers is a great way to make sure that you always have the right cigar for every occasion. Keep them stored in a good humidor and keep the box closed when it’s not in use and you can be sure that you’ll always get great taste out of it.How do Maduro and Natural Cigar Wrappers Differ? by David Sabot