Picking a Cigar That is Right For You: Size
Written by James Payne

Friday, 16 January 2009

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A list of every shape, size, name, and type of cigar would take quite some time, and also prove quite worthless. Companies change the names of cigars for marketing purposes, so while one company may have a name for a torpedo shaped cigar with a certain gauge, another company may have a different name altogether. These common shapes and sizes should be enough to get you started however.


I have decided to list them here in alphabetical order for ease of use.


The Very Small


Ranging in size from between three and six inches in length, with a ring gauge of 30 to 36, the Ascot, Belvedere, and Demitasse are common names for small, thin cigars. Different than cigarillos, these guys are all handmade through a painstakingly slow process. You will want to smoke these in a relaxed manner, as huffing and puffing will make them burn far too quickly. They should last you around fifteen minutes.





The Belicosos


Another cigar that can be a challenge to make, this hand rolled fellow comes in two versions: the Belicoso, and the Petite Belicoso. It sports a neat looking pointed cap, and is six inches long. Its ring gauge is 48. The Petite Belicoso is five inches long and sports a ring gauge of 40. If smoked properly, it either of these should last you at around forty five minutes.


The Churchill


Named after the famous Winston Churchill, this cigar is seven inches long with a 48 ring gauge. You will see knock-offs of this cigar as well, both shorter and longer than the measurement above. You can expect this cigar to last you roughly fifty minutes.




We have only just scratched the surface with the different sizes of cigars. Now that you have an understanding of how to measure – and why measuring is important – you will be able to better choose the right cigar for your needs. In the next article, we will continue looking at the different sizes of common cigars. Join us next time to learn the rest!




0 # James Payne 2009-01-24 08:38
Thanks for stopping by! This is the first in another series on choosing a cigar. In this one we talk about cigar sizes and ring gauges, and the different types out there. Things to consider are the draw, the way you smoke the cigar, how it feels in your mouth, and even between your fingers. I'd love to hear any elses experience with regards to cigar size, so don't be shy. Click the comment button and drop us a line!

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