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.