Cigars 101

Why are these cigars numbered?

Q. What does the “700” or “100”meanfor the Don Tomas Special Edition Connecticut cigars?
– Dan in Wellington, CO

A. With regard to the Don Tomas Special Edition Connecticut cigars, they’re simply a designation for the cigar’s shape in lieu of a name, but only for that particular line. IOW, those numbers would not necessarily translate to other brands.

For example, the #100 (shown) is rolled to 7″ x 50 dimensions, so it could just as well have been named “Churchill” or anything else for that matter. The Don Tomas Special Edition Connecticut #700, at 5½ x 42, is a Corona. Suffice it to say, the names of the cigars in a particular series – also called “front marks” – are assigned at the discretion of the manufacturer.

Note however, there are some numbers that tend to be more consistent with some traditional Cuban cigar shapes. For example, a No.1 is often a Lonsdale, No.2 a Torpedo, No.4, a Corona. Naturally, even these will change from manufacturer to manufacturer.

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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