When it comes to cigars, there is a seemingly endless variety of shapes and sizes to choose from. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced cigar aficionado, it can be overwhelming to decide which one is right for you. To help you make the best choice, we've put together a comprehensive guide to cigar shapes and sizes. The length of a cigar is mainly determined by how long you want your smoking session to last.
Generally, a 6-inch cigar will last about an hour. As for the ring gauge, most cigars are between 40 and 50. A small, thin cigar is ideal for a quick smoking break, while a long, thick one is better for a leisurely afternoon of smoking. The flavor of a cigar is largely determined by the wrapper, binder and filler.
Wrappers have little to offer in terms of flavor and allow the flavors of the filling tobaccos to dominate. Longer and thicker cigars tend to burn slower and cooler than shorter and thinner ones. It's important to remember that the strength of a cigar is determined by the tobacco it is rolled with. Fine cigars tend to burn hotter than fatter ones, so it's best to avoid anything that's too strong.
The best way to develop your palate for premium cigars is to know what you're smoking, rather than just the brand. The shape of a cigar is based more on the sensation in the mouth, on the way it's rolled or how it feels in the hand, but it has little to do with the strength or taste of the tobacco. My suggestion is that if you find a cigar of the size that you really like, be sure to search for the length and ring gauge. These cigars are medium brown to brownish red and have an intense flavor, although their scent is soft and subtle. We hope this guide has helped you understand more about choosing the perfect cigar for your needs. For more information on cigars, from shapes and colors to proper cutting, lighting and storage, stay tuned for our upcoming issues.