If you are new to cigars, you probably noticed that cigars come in different shapes and sizes, and that smokers take different amounts of time for the type of cigar they smoke.
Understand cigar shapes and sizes
The diameter and length of the cigar may vary depending on the brand. It is therefore important to describe the cigar in these two dimensions. The length of the cigar is given in inches, while the ring size is an indication of the diameter of the cigar divided into 64 parts per inch.
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It is significant to note that there is no relationship between the shape or size of the cigar and its strength.
Here are some standard shapes and sizes for cigars:
Corona Gorda – It is also known as Toro and is growing in popularity. Smoking lasts about an hour and is traditionally measured from 5 to 6 inches with a ring size of about 46.
Traditional – This is the cigar reference measure used to measure other cigars. The traditional dimensions of the crown vary between 5 and 6 inches and have a ring area of 42 to 44. It takes about 45 minutes to fume the cigar.
Petit – As the name suggests, this cigar is a bit smaller than the other two crowns and only lasts about 30 minutes. It is usually about 4.5 inches long and has a ring size between 39 and 42.
Robusto – The Robusto is a small, fat cigar measuring 4.75 to 5.5 inches with rings 50 to 54. This size is becoming popular in the US. Depending on how thick it is, Robusto cigars can take 45 minutes to an hour to complete.