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Cigars Size and shape
Cigars Size and Shape
Cigars are commonly categorized by the size and shape of the
together are known as a vitola.
The size of a
cigar is measured by two dimensions: its ring gauge (its diameter
in sixty-fourths of an inch) and its length (in inches). For example, most
non-Cuban robustos have a ring gauge of approximately 50 and a length of
approximately 5 inches. Robustos which are of Cuban origin always have a ring
gauge of 50 and a length of 4 7/8 inches.
The most common shape is the parejo, which has a cylindrical body, straight
sides, one end open, and a round cap on the other end which is either snipped
off before smoking or a small hole is punched in the center of the end. Parejas
are designated by the following terms:
- Petit Corona (5" x 42)
- Corona (5 1/2" x 42)
- Corona Extra (5 1/2" x 46)
- Robusto (5" x 50), also called Rothschilds after the Rothschild family
- Long Corona (6" x 42)
- Toro (6" x 50)
- Lonsdale (6 1/2" x 42), named for Hugh Cecil Lowther, 5th Earl of Lonsdale
- Grand Corona (6 1/2" x 46)
- Julieta a.k.a. Churchill (7" x 47), named for Winston Churchill
- Giant Corona (7 1/2" x 44)
- Double Corona (7 3/4" x 49)
- Panatelas – longer and generally thinner than Coronas
- Small Panatela (5" x 33)
- Short Panatela (5" x 38)
- Slim Panatela (6" x 34)
- Panatela (6" x 38)
- Long Panatela (7 1/2" x 38)
Irregularly-shaped cigars are known as figurados and are sometimes considered of
higher quality because they are more difficult to make. Figurados include the
- Torpedo - Like a parejo except that the cap is pointed.
- Pyramid - Has a broad foot and evenly narrows to a pointed cap.
- Perfecto - Narrow at both ends and bulged in the middle.
- Presidente/Diadema - shaped like a parejo but considered a figurado because of
its enormous size and occasional closed foot akin to a perfecto.
- Culebras - Three long, pointed cigars braided together.
Arturo Fuente, a large
cigar manufacturer based in the Dominican Republic, has
also manufactured figurados in exotic shapes ranging from chili peppers to
baseball bats and American footballs. They are highly collectable and extremely
expensive, when publicly available. In practice, the terms Torpedo and Pyramid
are often used interchangeably, even among very knowledgeable cigar smokers. Min
Ron Nee, the Hong Kong-based
cigar expert whose work "An Illustrated
Encyclopaedia of Post-Revolution
Havana Cigars" is considered to be the
definitive work on
cigar terms, defines Torpedo as "
cigar slang." He
adds, "In the old days, [torpoedo] could mean a perfecto or a pyramid shape
cigar. After the Revolution the meaning leans toward the pyramid rather
than the perfecto. Some
cigar authorities insist that the correct meaning of a
torpedo should be referring to a perfecto and not a pyramid. The majority of
people [who use torpedo to mean pyramid] have got it wrong. I find it rather
funny that a slang word can be incorrectly misunderstood by the majority." In
other words, Nee thinks the majority is right (because slang is defined by
majority usage) and torpedoes are pyramids by another name.