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Cigar Sizes

Picking the right cigar size

All cigars have a cigar size name but that actually has nothing to do with the size of the cigar. There is no industry standard for the names as it relates to the actual size of the cigar. So just use it as a guideline. It becomes really apparent when you notice that one manufacturer calls his a Churchill and another calls his Double Corona but they are both the same size.

As you become more educated on cigar sizes there is a classic measurements protocol that will allow you to make some general assumptions about the cigars size. Just remember because a box says Churchills that doesn't
necessarily mean it's going to be 7 inches long with a 48 ring gauge. Keep in mind as far as their size goes cigars are generally listed by their length in inches and the ring gauge or the cigar’s girth.

The girth of a cigar is in 64ths of an inch. A typical Churchill is 7 inches long and 48/64ths of an inch thick. Remember when you choose your cigar size the bigger the cigar the longer it takes to smoke. If you are a new cigar smoker it's recommended to stick with the Coronas and Robustos. Here are some of the more common sizes of cigars.

Measurements

A cigar is measured by its length and diameter (known as ring gauge) one ring is equivalent to 1/64 of an inch.

  • Panatela (6 1/2 x 35)
  • Robusto (4 1/2 x 50)
  • Churchill (7 1/4 x 48)
  • Corona (5 3/4 x 42)
  • Double Corona (6 1/2 x 48)

There are many more sizes, some even exotic. So enjoy the adventure as you wander through your local Cigar Cave’s humidor.

For the most part the cigar with a larger ring gauge will have a fuller and more complex flavor and produce more smoke compared to a cigar with a smaller ring gauge. With a larger ring gauge cigar manufacturers can blend
and combine different types of leaves. As explained in one of our previous posts cigar colors can play an important part in choosing a cigar. The color is based on the wrapper and usually the wrapper is described by the country of origin or color.

  • Claro (light tan)
  • Maduro (darkest brown)
  • Obscuro (black)
  • Colorado (reddish dark brown)
  • Colorado Maduro (dark brown)
  • Colorado Claro (mid brown)

One final note (that’s also a cigar term for later)

When you inspect the wrapper make sure it’s not overly dry or too firm or soft. Always check for cracks or a defective wrapper.


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Cigar Colors

With hundreds and even thousands of cigar choices, choosing a cigar can be an overwhelming task. What should I what out for when I buy a cigar? Is there a particular color I should look for? What about size?
Let’s go ahead and get you some answers to these questions.

The most obvious aspect of a cigar is its color. I’ll try not to get into a lot of overwhelming information here. The flavor of a cigar usually comes from the shade of the wrapper. The spicier cigars usually come in a darker wrapper. This is just a rule of thumb and not a hard fast rule.

If you are a new cigar smoker you will probably appreciate a lighter color.

Natural

Sometimes called English Market select has a light brown to brown color. Most often you will find these are sun-grown meaning they are not protected by canopies like shade-grown leaves. These are still very smooth even though there are fuller bodied flavor than shade-grown leaves.

Double Claro

Has a greenish tint to its wrapper and a light cigar that has had limited aging.

Claro

With a light brown color which typically signifies the cigar will be more of a mild blend.

Colorado Claro

Comes with a standard brown color. A little stronger than the Claro it is still considered a mild smoke.

Maduro

They give off an excellent aroma and the wrappers are of a dark brown color.

Obscuro

The smoke is usually very strong in flavor and has a very dark brown wrapper in fact practically black.

The more oil and sugar content in the wrapper and the darker the color the sweeter and stronger the flavor is more likely to be. Darker wrappers usually come from higher altitudes and have spent longer at the tobacco plant. The extra exposure to sunlight produces both oil and sugar. The fermentation process is also longer.

In our next post we will discuss Cigar Sizes and what they mean.

Hope this makes your cigar selection a little easier and more fun.