Cigars 101

Why Cigar Size and Shape Matters

Q. If all other things are equal, tobacco blend, binder, wrapper, age, how does the shape of a cigar affect the smoking experience? – Bob Pletta

A. In the case of a Figurado, like a Torpedo or Pyramid, the tapered head concentrates the smoke for a fuller flavor. Square-pressed or box-pressed cigars burn longer (allegedly). The wider the cigar, generally the more full-flavored. A long cigar, like a Churchill, that’s also wide, will smoke cooler, whereas a Petit Corona will smoke a bit hotter. But the blend is the key factor. I smoke a lot of Robustos, but lately I’ve found that I like Lonsdale sizes more in certain brands. Try different shapes within the same brand until you find the one you like best.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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