Are Numbers Better Than Names?To avoid confusion, it is easier to refer to a cigars length and width to describe its size. The length is measured in inches, while the width is measured by ring gauge, which is the diameter expressed in 64ths of an inch. Despite all the inconsistencies with cigar names, it is still more interesting (and colorful) to describe the different sizes and shapes of cigars with names rather than with numbers. This is all part of the cigar mystique.
Names For Cigar ShapesYou may never have to use the terms that refer to the shape of a cigar, since most of the common names for cigars are usually associated with their size. This is because most cigars are shaped like a cylinder, and are considered as having a parejo shape. A cigar with an irregular shape (e.g. having a cone shaped head) is considered to be a figurado. The technical term to encompass both size and shape is vitola.
Common Names For Cigar SizesThere are many names for the various sizes (and shapes) of cigars, but here are just a few of the more common terms that you may encounter, and the approximate range of their dimensions. The ranges listed can be even wider, despite any overlapping.
|Corona||5 ½ to 6||42 to 45|
|Panatela||5 ½ to 6 ½||34 to 38|
|Lonsdale||6 to 6 ½||42 to 44|
|Lancero||7 to 7 ½||38 to 40|
|Churchill||6 ½ to 7||46 to 48|
|Robusto||4 ½ to 5||48 to 50|
|Toro||6 to 6 ½||48 to 50|
|Presidente||7 to 8 ½||52 to 60|
|Gigante||> 6||> 60|
(Cone Shaped Head)
|5 ½ to 6 ½||46 to 52|