Does size really matter? What about shape? Is bigger always better?
Cigars come in many shapes and sizes. The two common measures used for a cigar are its length and ring gauge, with a third factor being the shape and construction of the tip. Here we break down the various sizes and explain
Small Cigar Sizes – Perfect for newbies for aficionados who want a quick smoke and have nowhere to stash a half smoked cigar
Robusto: 4 ½ to 5 ½ inches in length with a general ring size of 48-54. This is a great cigar for the modern pace of life, this is not the type of cigar that you have to sit down for three hours to smoke, although you could. Because of their shorter and wider size, Robustos tend to smoke a little stronger and provide more of a kick than a Churchill.
Grand Robusto: Similar to a Robusto but thicker, often as wide as a 60 ring gauge.
Corona: The traditional dimensions for a Corona are 5 1/2 to 6 inches with a ring gauge of 42 to 44, but they also come in petite (called Petite Corona, which is a smaller version of the Corona) and the Churchill, the longest cigar, is also a type of Corona.
Medium Cigar Sizes – Perfect if you have time to enjoy your cigar, but don’t want to smoke a whole Churchill
Panatela: 5 to 7 ½ inches in length with a ring size of 34-38. These type of cigars are long, thin, elegant and always a classy choice for the cigar aficionado. Panatelas tend to smoke hot and strong due to their thin ring gauge.
Toro: Similar to a Robusto but longer, often with a length of 5 ⅝ to 6 ⅝ inches.
Long Cigar Sizes – Perfect for those aficionados looking for a long night of smoking!
Lonsdale: A lonsdale is longer than a corona (but not as long as the Churchill!), with a classic size of 6 1/2 inches by 42 ring.
Churchill: 6 ¾ to 7 ¾ inches in length, generally with a ring size of 46-52. Named for Winston Churchill who preferred this size of cigar, Churchills require patience because if smoked too quickly the cigar will overheat and become harsh. Take your time and thoroughly enjoy a long quality smooth smoke. Due to their length, Churchills tend to smoke very smooth and cool as compared to many other sizes.
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