More than likely, if you are reading this article you share an interest for cigars or you are keen on becoming a cigar smoking connoisseur. Whichever it is, this article will provide you with detailed information about cigar shapes and sizes. Here at Stogie Man HQ we love to get geeky from time to time and get carried away writing about the things we love. Whether it is a whisky review or a swotty essay regarding fine cigars, we always aim to teach and share information.
You are probably already aware that there is large selection of cigar types, sizes, shapes and strengths. Throughout the cigar smoker’s journey, they will find their own personal favourites. Some prefer a shorter cigar such a robusto whilst others enjoy longer cigars such as churchills. There are more than enough varieties for everyone to experiment with and find a liking to a certain type.
Before we delve into these varieties, it is probably best to understand the anatomy of a cigar. To become a cigar smoking master, one must study the basics.
The majority of cigars are made up of three elements:
Looking at a cigar vertically, there is the Cap, Body and Foot.
Cigars have many colour varieties and can quite often resemble skin tones. The palette of colours they come in can be described by seven basic colour options. There are many subtle shades among these colour so it is best to stick to the seven basics.
The difference in wrapper colour is a result of how the wrapper leaf is treated. In addition, the colour can be affected by the variety of tobacco used and how much sunlight the leaf was exposed to.
Below will detail form light to dark, the seven basic wrapper colour descriptions:
Cigar Shapes and Sizes
Cigars come in all different shapes and sizes. They vary greatly from brand to brand, so it is best to describe the, by their dimensions (length and diameter) as well as their shape. In the U.K., Cuba and U.S. the length is measured by inches and the diameter is defined in ring gauge. Ring gauge is a measurement divided into 64ths of an inch. For example, a cigar with a ring gauge of 42, has a diameter of 42/64ths of an inch. Yep, complicated! It show also be noted that cigar brands can be very different. One company’s robusto is likely to taste very different from another’s.
There are two categories for the shape of a cigar. These are Parejos and Figurados.
Cigar lovers will find that the Parejos is the most common shape they will find. The cigar sides are straight, the body is round, the foot is open and the cap of the cigar is closed
A figurado is a cigar that as an irregular shape. This type of cigar is harder to roll and for that reason they tend to be more expensive. The Figurado has six different cigar shapes; Belicoso, Presidente/Diademas, Perfecto, Pyramid, Torpedo and Culebra.
So now we know that cigars come in all different shapes and sizes. So, let us begin a journey to try as many different ones as we can. You may find yourself a favourite along the way but it is always fun trying new brands, styles and shapes. Now go away and explore my friends!