Saturday, December 19, 2009

What are the Different Styles and Sizes of Cigars?

By Dave Sabot

If you are new to cigar smoking, you probably know that cigars come in an extremely wide variety of styles and sizes. The style and size of cigar can have a great impact on how the smoking experience will be and can be a determining factor of your personal level of enjoyment. For instance, taste is probably the number one factor that will vary depending on style and size as well as the physical temperature of the smoke that is drawn from the cigar. With a little knowledge of the difference in styles and sizes of cigars, you can assure that your smoking experience will be a positive one.

Variations in Style

Cylindrical - The most common cigar style is the cylindrical tube. These are usually the easiest to make and provide even airflow through the cigar's body. The cap on these is usually rounded. Most cigar manufacturers offer this style of cigar.

Torpedo - The torpedo is the second cigar style type and are less common than cylindrical cigars. Thanks to the tapered end, they provide a more direct flow of air through the cigar body. The shape of the torpedo utilizes a funnel end that is generally located at the cap (the head), although some cigar makers place it at the lit end (foot).


When you apply torch lighters to cigars, you need to know how size affects your enjoyment. The size of the cigar you choose will influence many different factors about your smoke.

Length - Longer cigars are usually preferable, simply because they provide a much cooler smoke and greater enjoyment. They are also usually smoother tasting and lack the harshness associated with shorter cigars.

Diameter - The ring gauge or diameter of your cigar also plays a crucial role. The more thin a cigar is, the more harsh the smoke will be and the faster the cigar will burn. Alternately, a wide cigar will burn slower and the smoke will generally be smoother.

One thing to keep in mind before you determine what style and size of cigar to light up, is that fatter cigars generally cost a bit more money. Obviously, it requires more tobacco and materials to create the cigar. Essentially, you are paying more money because you are getting more cigar.

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