Cigars 101

What is a “Vitola?”

A:  According to spanish.dictionary.com, in terms of cigars, it literally means “cigar band.” However, as it is used in the cigar business, “vitola” is a cigar factory term for a cigar shape. Corona, Lonsdale, Torpedo, Robusto. et. al. are the names of different vitolas as they apply to the unique description of a cigar’s shape. Therefore, two cigars of the same vitola would have similar measurements and form.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

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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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