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Describing a cigar by its size and shape is highly important due to the fact that the shape can vary depending on the size and brand. A cigars size is measured in twofold, in length measured by inches and by the “ring gauge” which is the diameter of the cigar broken into 64ths of an inch. So if you have a cigar that is a 42 ring gauge, the size is 42/64 of an inch in diameter. There are several sizes and shapes to choose from in a cigar and we’ll take you through them all one by one to easily decide which cigars you want to add to your collection.
Parejos: A straight-sided shaped cigar, parejos mostly have an open foot that need to be cut before smoking. Parejos are either round or box-pressed.
Corona: The Corona size is one that all other cigar sizes are measured against. Dimensions are 5 ½ to 6 inches with a 42 or 44 ring gauge.
Petit Corona: This mini corona measures at 4 ½ inches with a 40 to 42 ring gauge.
Churchill: A big-sized corona with standard measures of 7 inches by a 47 ring gauge.
Robusto: The most popular size in America, the Robusto is a short, fat cigar measuring at 4 ¾ to 5 ½ inches by a 48 to 52 ring gauge.
Corona Gorda: Also known as a Toro, Corona Gorda is growing in popularity, and measures 5 5/8 inches by a 46 ring gauge.
Double Corona: Standard dimensions are 7 ½ to 8 ½ inches by a 49 to 52 ring gauge.
Panetela: Elegantly long and thin, Panetela comes in a wide variation in length from 5 to 7 ½ inches with a ring gauge of 34 to 38.
Lonsdale: Longer than a corona but thicker than a panatela, Lonsdale measures in at 6 ½ inches by a 42 ring gauge.
Figurados: With cigar makers trying to stay modern and innovative, many brands have broadened their portfolios with Figurado shaped cigars. These creatively shaped premiums includes any cigar that isn’t a straight-sided cylinder.
Pyramid: These cigars have cut feet like parejos but have heads tapered to a point. Usually measuring at 6 to 7 inches with ring gauges of 40 at the head and 52 to 54 at the foot. The unique tapered head of the Pyramid allow complex flavors from the cigar to linger on the palate.
Belicoso: The traditional Belicoso is a short pyramid but with a slightly rounded head. Usually measuring from 5 ½ inches with ring gauges of 50. The current Belicoso tends to be a corona or corona gorda with a tapered head.
Torpedo: Torpedos are often pyramids, and a true torpedo features a closed foot, a tapered head, and a bulge in the middle.
Perfecto: Perfectos like torpedos have a closed foot and a bulge in the middle, but unlike torpedos, perfectos have a rounded head like a Parejo. Varying in length, perfecto measures at 4 ½ to 9 inches with ring gauges from 38 to 48.
Culebra: Culebra is one of the most exotic cigar shapes made. Three panetelas braided together and tied with a string, Culebra is sold as one cigar. The three panetelas are then unbraided and enjoyed separately. Culebra is usually 5 to 6 inches long often with a 38 ring gauge. Rare to come by and easily enjoyable with company of friends.
Diadema: The Diadema size is huge usually 8 ½ inches or longer. The head is tapered but not to a complete point and mostly comes with a 40 ring gauge. Tapering down to a foot that can be open like a Parejo or closed like a perfecto, the foot of the Diadema is usually a 52 ring gauge or bigger.
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