Short-filler cigars are made using small pieces of tobacco leaf, known as "clippings" or "cuttings," that are leftover from the production of long-filler cigars. These clippings are typically lower in quality and may contain stems or other impurities, which make them less suitable for use in long-filler cigars.
Instead, short-filler cigars are made by packing these tobacco clippings into the cigar using a binder, which is a type of tobacco leaf that is used to hold the clippings together. This process is known as "bunching." The short-filler cigars are then wrapped with a wrapper leaf, which is the outermost layer of the cigar.
Short-filler cigars are typically less expensive than long-filler cigars, and they can offer a more accessible entry point into the world of premium cigars for new smokers or those on a budget. However, they may not offer the same level of complexity, depth, or smoothness as long-filler cigars, which are made using higher-quality tobacco.
Short-filler tobacco is also commonly used in the production of pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, and snuff. It is often used in blends to add volume and reduce costs, as well as to add certain flavors or aromas to the tobacco. However, short-filler tobacco is generally considered lower in quality than long-filler tobacco, and it may have a harsher or more bitter taste.