If you are new to smoking cigars, you may have noticed that cigars come in different cigar sizes and names.
The diameter and length of a cigar can vary from brand to brand. It is important to describe a cigar by these two dimensions. Cigar length is in inches, while ring gauge is a designation for the diameter of a cigar.
It is important to note that there is no correlation between the cigar size or name and its strength. You can have a long cigar, such as an 8-inch cigar, that is mild because it is made of mild tobacco. And you could have a strong cigar that is short because it is made of powerful, full-bodied tobacco. The tobacco determines the strength of a cigar, never the size or name.
The following are some standard different cigar sizes and names:
Cigar Sizes and Names
It measures 5.5 x 42, being the size in which cigar rollers made their first products. It was the most popular format in ancient times.
As the name suggests, this cigar is a bit smaller than the other two coronas, and only takes about 30 minutes to smoke. It measures approximately 4.5 inches and has a ring gauge between 39 and 42.
A Churchill is a large version of a corona. The usual dimensions of this cigar are 7 inches, with a ring gauge between 47 and 54. The Romeo y Julieta cigar is an example of a Churchill, which takes an hour and a half to smoke.
The Robusto is one of the most popular and well-known formats in the tobacco world. Its size defines the standard at 5 x 50. The Robusto is perfect for a 45 to 75 minute smoke. Allow to taste the great variety of nuances that a quality cigar has.
The Corona Gorda is also known as a toro and is growing in popularity. It takes about an hour to smoke and traditionally measures 5 to 6 inches with a ring gauge of about 46.
If you want to smoke one of these heavyweights, you will have to block out a good two hours. They measure between 6.5 to 7.5 inches long and have a ring gauge of 48 to 49.
A Panetela is an elegant cigar whose popularity has declined over the years. Its appearance is long and slender with dimensions ranging from 5 to 7.5 inches with a ring gauge of 34 to 38. Cigars measuring more than 7 inches are known as “gran panetelas”. Generally a panatela takes 30 minutes to an hour to smoke.
The classic size of a Lonsdale is 6.5 inches with a 42 ring gauge. It is longer than a corona but thicker than a panatela. It takes about 45 minutes to smoke one.