Cigars 101

What is the purpose in box pressing cigars?

Reading Time: < 1 minute

Q. Does the resulting rectangular or square cross section provide any advantageous difference in the way the cigar smokes (or ages)?
– Ben Olsen Jr.

A. This is a very good question. It started in Cuba and was done to keep the cigars from rolling off the table.* Don’t let anyone tell you differently, either. You can actually win a friendly bet on this one. ;-)

The cigars were placed into a box that was somewhat smaller than what would normally accommodate the size being rolled, resulting in a square shape after the box was sealed.

With regard to your question, the square-pressed shape allegedly causes the cigar to burn longer; a result of the tobacco leaves being bunched even tighter together. It’s also supposed to make the cigar more flavorful. So, you could say that what started out as a way to keep cigars in their place while rolling, turned into one of those “happy accidents.”

Finally, cigars with very delicate wrappers like Connecticut shade and Cameroon are usually not box-pressed, because it can cause the wrapper leaf to crack.

* Source: The Ultimate Cigar Book by Richard Carelton Hacker

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
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
cigar advisor #nowsmoking review video of asylum nine 11/18 - cover

#NowSmoking: Asylum Nine 11/18

Reading Time: 4 minutes Asylum Cigars may be popular for their big ring smokes, but they also do some slender sizes. Made in limited edition for the company’s ninth anniversary, Gary gives his take on the Asylum 9 11/18, a classic figurado rolled entirely with vintage Honduran tobaccos. 

Read More
cigar advisor fan mail questions part 46 cover

FAN MAIL: YOUR BURNING CIGAR QUESTIONS ANSWERED (PART 46)

Reading Time: 2 minutes If all tobacco is grown in the sun, why is only some called Sun Grown? What does it mean when a cigar is ‘frontloaded’? The Advisors answer these questions and more in Part 46 of our Fan Mail series. Check out their quick video answers now!

Read More
cigar advisor panel review cover shot for la gloria cubana medio tiempo robusto

CA Review Panel: La Gloria Cubana Medio Tiempo Robusto Cigar Review (Video)

Reading Time: 7 minutes When added to the right combination of tobaccos, medio tiempo leaves provide additional layers of flavor and complexity to the smoke. That’s the concept behind the La Gloria Cubana Medio Tiempo cigars – a new full production lineup. And in this review of the La Gloria Cubana Medio Tiempo Robusto, the Cigar Advisor Review Panel gets a chance to taste if that’s the case in this artisanal style cigar.

Read More
top new cigar aug 3 2020 Cigar Advisor Cover

CA Report: Top New Cigars (Aug 3 2020)

Reading Time: 2 minutes August and cigars go together like coolers and beers. Check out the latest cigars to land at Famous, including the Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Famous 80th Anniversary!

Read More