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What Effects Do Size and Shape have on the Flavor of a Cigar?

How does size affect the flavor of a cigar?

Q. My question is about the size and shape when it comes to the flavor of a cigar. For example, does a Churchill taste better or richer than a Toro? Do they all smoke and burn the same?
– Brian Renzi

A. It’s really more of a preference thing that happens over time. However, proportion-wise – in terms of the amount of tobacco to the length of the cigar – the two most “ideal” shapes in terms of tasting what the master blender intended are the Corona, traditionally, 5 1/2″ x 42, and the Toro, traditionally 6″ x 50. I tend to prefer the latter.

Robustos are also good for “sampling” the flavor of a cigar in a new brand. If you like to experiment, you will notice a difference between sizes among the same blend. Eventually you’ll find the size and shape that best suits your taste, but over time you’ll probably also prefer a certain size in one brand, another size in another brand, and so on.

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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