Cigars 101

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.

Show all Gary Korb's Articles
nowsmoking avo maduro 30th anniversary cigar review ca cover

#Nowsmoking: Avo Maduro No. 2 30th Anniversary

The Avo Maduro No.2 30th Anniversary is an affordably-priced maduro with well-rounded flavors of cedar, dark chocolate, spices, and more. Click to see the rest of the review

Read More
5 things you need to know about Culebra cigars CACover

5 Things You Need to Know About… Culebra Cigars

Culebras: those snaky-looking cigars, entwined in a set of three. Hard to find and rarely made these days, but they sure are fun to smoke, especially with two friends. Culebra cigars also have an interesting back story. We dig into what makes these time-honored cigars so unique, and demonstrate how to smoke them.
Read More
ryj romeo montague by AJ Fernandez cigar review video CACover

Cigar Advisor Panel: Romeo y Julieta Montague by AJ Fernandez Cigar Review

When AJ Fernandez puts his name on a cigar, you can bet it rips with flavor - so this month's Cigar Review Panel tests that theory with RyJ Montague by AJ Fernandez. On paper, this Maduro Romeo looks like their most potent RyJ smoke ever - but does it meet up with the AJF reputation? Watch our review now and see!
Read More
perdomo small batch cigar review cover

Perdomo Small Batch Cigar Review – Video

Perdomo has changed the short run cigar rules - and the Advisors tell you all about it, in this short Perdomo Small Batch Cigar Review video. Watch it now!
Read More