There are a dozen of variously formed cigars and from time to time it`s truly hard finding out which one is the proper one for you. With the extensive selection of brands, shapes, and sizes it can sometimes feel almost impossible to choose the right cigar. This is the reason why we’ve written this blog on cigar shapes and sizes for every type of cigar smoker.
The length of a cigar is measured in millimeters or inches – generally going from around 76mm to 176mm. The same size is often known by different market names in different brands, and different brands may sometimes use the same market name for different sizes.
The Ring Gauge
The industry-standard measure for the diameter is known as ‘ring gauge’ and is expressed in 64th of an inch, although some countries prefer to use millimeters. Same as the length does, the ring gauge has an impact on the smoking time. The length and ring gauge of a cigar does not impact the strength of a cigar. The strength is determined by the tobacco blend used and the concentration of nicotine.
How Shape and Size Affect the Taste
Each brand has its own characteristic style of flavour, but different sizes can vary the sensation of the taste.
The bigger the cigar, the richer the taste will tend to be, and the cooler the smoke. Fat cigars burn slowly and deliver a large volume of rounder smoke that drenches the palate with the full mixture of flavours.
Double Figurados offer a unique flavour at the start dominated by the wrapper and binder. The true blend is revealed when the widest part is reached.
Thinner cigars smoke more quickly and concentrate the flavours on the tongue giving a slightly sharper taste.
Here are the main shapes and sizes that it is useful to know about.
The Mareva is by far the most popular of all sizes. its 42 ring gauge allows three filler leaves to be used to their full in the blend and it is as near as you get to a standard girth for Habanos, The Mareva or Petit Corona offers around 30 min of smoking pleasure.
A Corona is a size to crown a memorable dinner, or perhaps to give you time for contemplation on a busy day. With the same girth as a Petit Corona, it offers over half an hour of essential relaxation.
Laguito No.1 or Lancero
When elegance is the order of the day, the slender length of the Lancero is hard to beat. There is a shorter version too, the Corona Especiales, which measures just 6 inches. This one will take the best part of one hour to smoke.
Canonazo or Siglo VI
Many consider this to be the ultimate shape and size for a premium cigar. Today is acknowledged for its excellent combustion that releases the full flavour of its filler blend during the hour or so it takes to smoke.
The trend for heavy gauge cigars combined with a reduction in the amount of time available these days to enjoy them has seen the popularity of the Petit Edmundo – as well as similar sizes like Petit Robusto – increase. It burns well whilst drenching the palate with flavour for the 20 to 25 min you should allow to smoke it.
The Edmundo is part of a group of heavy girth sizes that have grown in popularity in recent years. Halfway between a Robusto and a Canonazo, it commands a loyal following for its good draw and balanced release of flavour for the 50 minutes it takes to smoke.
Julieta No.2 or Churchill
Originally from the Romeo y Julieta factory. Another feast for the palate to be enjoyed for over an hour.
When time allows, they are few experiences for the taste buds to match the steady revelations of a Double Corona. Its colossal levels may surprise you at first with their delicacy before they build to a crescendo flavour. A good hour and a quarter is needed to smoke one.
Modern constraints on time have made this stocky shape the first choice for many experienced smokers. Slow burning and packed with flavour, most of the joys of a really large cigar can be savoured in 30 to 40 min.
Piramide or Torpedo
The sizes shown so far are what is called Pareo or straight-sided. This is a Figurado. Many believe that the Piramide or Torpedo has special advantages when it comes to combustibility during the hour or so it takes to smoke.
Exquisito or Double Figurado
Pointed at both ends, this Double Figurado shape is perhaps a better candidate for the title of ‘torpedo’. A century ago most Habanos looked like this but today the shape is rare except in a few brands.
The Perla is one of a group of smaller vitolas, some a little longer, others a little fatter than this one. The y share the ability to deliver an amazing taste in 20 minutes or so.
A quarter of an hour will suffice to smoke this tiny example. Perfect, for instance, to enjoy during an interval at the theatre.
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