Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

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Do sizes and shapes really differ in terms of flavor and how they smoke?

If you are new to cigar smoking, you may be wondering about cigar lines.  If a cigar line comes in several different shapes/formats, will they all taste the same and offer the same smoking experience.  The answer is no, and we will see this in action in the next section.

A look at one line – The Sencillo Platinum

A good example of how cigars in a single line from a single brand can differ in flavor according to format is presented by the Sencillo Platinum.  The brand actually breaks down what you can expect from each one of its vitolas right on their website.  Here’s a quick summary to help you see that differences do exist between vitolas in a single line:

Robusto – 5 ¼ x 50 – $6.95 - More intense spice and the most full-bodied of all the Sencillo Platinum shapes.

Double Robusto – 5 ¾ x 52 – $7.95 - Slightly bigger than the standard Robusto, the Double Robusto is said to “tame” its counterparts flavor.  While still spicy, it’s more complex.  It’s also mellower, lighter, and smokes slightly cooler than the Robusto.

Robusto Gordo – 5 x 56 – $7.95 - This “fat” Robusto smokes smooth and easy and offers more flavors than its counterparts, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and some pepper.

Short Churchill – 6 ¼ x 48 – $8.50 - This is listed as the longest cigar in the Sencillo Platinum line, but it is also the thinnest.  Smooth and subtle, but with plenty of flavor.

Piramide – 6 1/8 x 54 – $8.95 - The most aesthetically pleasing shape of them all, the Piramide supplies the most intense aroma.  While smooth, it does have some of the spicy kick found in the Robusto and the Double Robusto.

Gigante – 6 x 60 - $8.95 - The fattest of them all, it’s no wonder that the Gigante name translates to “Giant” in English.  It’s also no wonder that with its wide ring gauge, the Gigante is also the most complex of all the Platinum offerings.  Pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, and cocoa powder are just some of the flavors found in this beefy stick.

From this one Sencillo line, you can see that there are noticeable differences between smoking experiences offered between vitolas.  This obviously isn’t exclusive to the Sencillo Platinum, so if you are curious about other lines, look up your favorite brands’ sites online.  You’ll find that some will offer similar breakdowns for you to read.  You probably also noticed the prices.  See how the 48 ring gauge Short Churchill was just 45 cents cheaper than the 60 ring gauge Gigante?

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