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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.