Cigars 101

Tapered head cigars

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Q. What is the advantage of a tapered head on a cigar?
A. The “advantage” of cigars with tapered heads, such as Pyramids, Torpedoes, Belicosos, and Double Perfectos – also referred to as “Figurados” – is that the small, conical-shaped opening causes the oils from the cigar to collect much faster in the head. Since the flavors develop more quickly, your palate is able to pick up more of the flavor nuances in the tobaccos, resulting in a more complex-tasting smoke.

The Pyramid is perhaps the best shape for demonstrating this phemomenon, because the entire cigar fans out from the head to the foot.

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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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