Cigar Lifestyle

Rothschild: A Cigar Size You Can Bank On

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Rothschild cigars are classically defined as a parejo (straight-sided cigar) measuring approximately 4 1/2″ in length by a 52 ring gauge – roughly the same thickness as a Robusto, just a little bit shorter. The shape is named for the Rothschild family, a European banking dynasty which, for all its wealth and titles, cannot seem to buy a proper spelling of its name. Common misspellings include Rothchild, Rothchilde, Rothschilde, and Rothshield, among others. Even the pronunciation is frequently botched to “ROTH-child,” whereas a properly anglicized pronunciation would be “ROTH-shild.”

A Brief Rothschild Family History

The Rothschild family’s ascent began with family patriarch Mayer Amschel in the 1760s’ Free City of Frankfurt, Germany, where he established interests in banking, government finance and the bullion trade. Mayer Amschel diversified the family business by dispatching sons Amschel Mayer, Salomon Mayer, Nathan Mayer, Calmann Mayer, and Jakob Mayer to Frankfurt, Vienna, London, Naples, and Paris, respectively, to develop banking interests across continental Europe.

Mayer Amschel Rothschild

Interestingly, the family recognized early on the pitfalls of storing their wealth in liquid holdings like currency or gold. As their wealth grew, they turned to more sophisticated financial instruments such as stocks, bonds, and debts, which rendered their holdings all but impervious to theft or expropriation. Another key to keeping their wealth in the family was through carefully-arranged marriages. These marriages often consisted of first- or second-cousins, similar to European monarchies of the era, but might also include marriages to members of royalty or other banking families. Additionally, many family members were granted hereditary nobility by their respective monarchs, taking an honorary “de” or “von” prefix to their last name.

A New Shape Is Born

It was from Nathan Mayer’s London branch of the Rothschild family that the cigar was born. As was common among the European upper crust in the 1800s, Nathan’s grandson Leopold took quite a liking to cigars.

According to Richard Carleton Hacker’s “The Ultimate Cigar Book:”

During the 1880’s, London financier, Leopold de Rothschild instructed the famous Hoyo de Monterrey factory in Havana to make a short cigar with a large ring size so that he could enjoy the richest flavor possible without having to take the time to smoke a full-length cigar.

Rothschild Shape Cigars
The shape was quite different at a time when Cuba was producing mostly thinner-ring cigars. It caught on and became popular among enthusiasts, although in the American market, it was supplanted by the Robusto, which usually measures a slightly-longer-and-thinner 5″ by 50 ring gauge.

Today

With American tastes leaning toward ever-longer and thicker cigars, the Rothschild shape has fallen somewhat out of favor in the US in recent years. Despite that, many Cuban brands are still offered in the shape, as well as non-Cuban manufacturers like Arturo Fuente, Gran Habano, and Joya de Nicaragua. Altadis and General Cigar, the two largest manufacturers of non-Cuban cigars, also offer the shape in many of their most popular brands including H. Upmann, Montecristo, Punch, Partagas, Hoyo de Monterrey, and Macanudo lines.

Moreover, the entire range of Nub cigars by Oliva can be considered similar to the Rothschild in that they are short, fat cigars designed to pack the experience of a full-sized cigar into a smaller form factor.

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Lou Tenney

Lou Tenney

When he's not busy writing, editing, smoking cigars, or raising his many, many children, Hayward " "It's Lou, not Hayward" " Tenney spends his days combating confusion about his real name (it's Hayward, but please - call him " "Lou" ") and mourning the matrimonially-induced loss of his moustache (what's he gonna do with all that moustache wax he made?).

Show all Lou Tenney's Articles
cigar advisor news-crowned heads announces le careme belicosos finos LE 2022 release-cover

Cigar News: Crowned Heads Announces Le Carême Belicosos Finos Limited Edition 2022

Reading Time: 2 minutes Released annually, the Crowned Heads Le Careme Belicosos Finos for 2022 have been announced, and the good news is, this year they’ve been able increase production to 3,500 boxes. Starting with its dark, Grade-A Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, learn more about this cigar here.

Read More
cover of introvert's guite to the cigar social life by cigar advisor

2021 CA REPORT: The Introvert’s Guide to the Cigar Social Life

Reading Time: 6 minutes Smoking cigars can be way more enjoyable when shared among the company of others. Whether you’re a shut-in or just don’t have the opportunity to commune with your fellow cigar smokers that often, here are some of the best ways available to get out of the house for your next cigar.

Read More
cigar advisor top new cigars october 25 2021 cover image

CA Report: Top New Cigars (October 25 2021)

Reading Time: 3 minutes Halloween’s coming with plenty of with primetime premium treats like these new cigar arrivals from La Aurora, Flor De Valle, and Odyssey!

Read More
PDR cigars PDR 1878 Natural Roast Café Cigar Review Video Cigar Advisor Cover

CA Review Panel: PDR 1878 Natural Roast Cafe Cigar Review (Video)

Reading Time: 9 minutes It’s a first for PDR Cigars: a coffee-infused cigar. If you’re curious about this PDR twist, join the Cigar Advisors as they take the PDR 1878 Natural Roast Café Robusto for a test drive…

Read More