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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

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Is bigger really better when it comes to cigars?  We’ll take a deeper look into the topic with today’s article on Puff.com.

Is bigger better?  This is a question that is often asked about many things in life, including cigars.  You may have noticed an influx of larger cigars with big ring gauges 60 and up hitting the market.  Some may even call this a fad.  Regardless of whether or not fatter cigars is a fad or not, they’re here, and people are smoking them for a reason.

What’s the appeal of a bigger cigar?

Let’s be real here for a moment.  Some, not all cigar smokers enjoy puffing on stogies for the image they exude.  Smoking a cigar is seen as something masculine and refined, so why not smoke something bigger and fatter?  It has to be more masculine, right?  You may see this as a shallow reason to choose a bigger cigar, but there are people that justify their choices like this.

That’s just the aesthetic appeal.  What else is there?  Some say that a fatter ring gauge offers more complexity in the flavor department.  Why?  Because they can fit more tobacco inside.  The more tobacco packed inside (and variety of it), the more flavors you can expect.  This seems like it should be logically true, but not everyone feels the same way.

Many actually feel that the cigar’s wrapper, not filler, is the true flavor center.  The wrapper is where you really get the most bang for your buck, so just because a cigar can fit more filler, does not mean it will actually offer more flavor.  Regarding that extra filler, it’s also been said that these thicker cigars are stuffed with more “filler” filler.  In other words, less than desirable tobacco is used to get that cigar full.

Does a fatter cigar really mean more flavor then?  It depends on who you ask, but smokers who prefer thinner, more conventional cigar shapes say they experience more flavor via svelte sticks due to a better wrapper to filler ratio.  The thinner smokes allow them to truly sample that tasty wrapper flavor.

Moving on beyond flavor, let’s touch on the smoking experience.  Thicker cigars are said to burn cooler, unlike thinner cigars that can run hot.  They are also supposed to burn longer and pump out more smoke, so if those factors are big on your list, you can check those things in favor of fatter ring gauge cigars.

Price.  Are big ring cigars that much more expensive?  It all evens out for the most part.  Again, the wrapper is regarded as the most flavorful part of the cigar, not the filler.  So wrappers are more of a driving force behind a cigar’s price.  That’s why you won’t see that much of a fluctuation between prices in a line.






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