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Cigar Size, Shape, Color, Storage, Cutting and Lighting

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Helpful Cigar Tips 

Cigar Size

Cigar sizes are presented on inches for the length followed by a number - the ring number. This means that a cigar is ring 44, the cigar thick is 44/64 of an inch.

You can find from smaller cigars of ring 26 to the larger ones produced today over an inch ring 66.







Cigar Size

Grand Corona
      Double Corona
      Long Panetela
      Corona Grande
      Corona Gorda
      Petit Corona
      Tres Petit Corona
      Demi Tasse




9 1/4
      7 1/2 - 8
      6 - 9
      5 - 6
      4 1/2 - 5
      7 1/2
      6 1/2
      5 1/2 - 6
      5 - 5 3/4
      4 1/2
      4 1/2
      5 3/4




      47 - 52
      46 - 50
      50 - 58
      48 - 52
      35 - 39
      46 - 48
      40 - 43
      26 - 33
      30 - 39





Cigar Shape


Cigars can be divided on two categories: those with straight   sides - parejos - and those with irregular shapes - figurados.


Parejos are the most common cigars, those that the majority of   smokers is most familiar. In this category you can find most of Cigar Sizes   usual on the market - Coronas, Churchills, Robustos, Double Coronas,   Panatelas, Londsdales.


Figurados, the ones with irregular shapes, can be recognized   by the following types:


Pyramid have a pointed closed end and widens to an open foot.   Torpedo also with a pointed head, has a more closed foot. Perfecto has both   heads closed. Culebra has three panatelas twisted together. Diademas is a big   cigar with eight inches, with one or both heads closed like perfecto.


Cigar Color


Cigar colors are determined by the outside leaf - the wrapper   - and are generally divided on six different categories.


Maduro Dark brown, like black coffee. Traditional Havana color,   with a rich flavor, sweet taste. 


Colorado maduro Dark brown, aromatic, with a rich flavor, used   on the best Honduran cigars. 


Colorado Reddish dark brown, aromatic, used by Cameroon   wrappers on well matured cigars. 


Colorado Claro Medium Brown, used on some Dominican Republic   brands. 


Claro Pale brown, also called natural, neutral flavor, used on   Connecticut shade wrappers. 


Double claro Greenish brown , called candela and AMS -   American Market Standard, with wrappers that haven’t achieved maturity. Very   mild, bland.


Cigar Storage


To keep your cigars in perfect conditions, they must be in   very similar conditions of the semi-tropical environment, this means that you   should keep them at around 18C (65F), and with a humidity level near 70%.


Cigar storage is very important to avoid that cigars will lose   their properties, losing aroma and becoming dry.


If you are a regular smoker, a humidor will keep your cigars   in perfect conditions. Humidors are fitted with a hygrometer to control   humidity and keep your cigars under recommended humidity conditions.


Cigar Cutting


Before smoking the hand made cigars need to be cut at the   closed end.


This operation can be done with a cigar cutter guillotine or a   cigar scissor. Some use also a knife, but to achieve a good cut is very   important that the cutter chosen is sharp.


The cut must take off about two millimeters of the cap, at the   top of the curve of the cigar closed end. This way you will not damage the   wrapper.


Cigar Lighting


To light a cigar is recommended that you choose a butane   lighter or matches. There are some big and slow burning matches, but generally   cigar smokers make a small bundle of two to four matches and let the sulfur   burn. Gas lighters are not recommended because the odor that can be smelled,   or felt, on first puffs.


Some smokers start lightning the cigar at 45 degrees angle,   dancing with flame on is foot, and at he same time rotating the cigar to be   sure that will have it light all around.


You can also help this procedure by blowing through the cigar.   This will also prevents you from having a puff with lighter gases, or sulfur   from the matches.


By the other end, others prefer first to hold them   horizontally in contact with flame waiting until the end is equally burned and   then putting the cigar on the lips.


With the first puffs and rotating the cigar you will have   control of lightning and at the same time, regulate the burn to be equal on   all the foot.


To not overheat the cigar, and spoil its flavor, do not puff   it frequently. If it goes out, tap the cigar to remove the ash and relight it.   With the lighter put the wrapper similar on all is perimeter and then, light   it again like you had a new one in hand.                  


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