Gary reviews 10 “Top Shelf” Maduro cigars: If you love the natural sweetness and savory aroma of Maduro wrapper, these dark discoveries are sure to please cigar smokers at every level of experience.
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.