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Cigar size and compatible cigar case: Determining the size of a cigar

Cigar cases are designed to only be able to hold a certain type of cigar depending on the model chosen. It is therefore important to be well informed before buying to be sure that your cigars will fit well in your cigar case.

But knowing the size and diameter of a cigar (also called the band) is not so simple.

Of course you can simply take the measurements yourself. But if you don't have the cigar in your possession, that complicates the matter.

However, each type of cigar has its own name that determines its size and diameter.

This is why in general cigar aficionados have a habit of learning the names and meanings of the different sizes of cigars.

This is all the more useful, as in the world of cigars, we do not reason in cigar centimeters, but via its technical name (not to be confused with the brand) which directly indicates the size of the desired cigar.

Each module name will therefore specify the length and the band of the cigar at the same time. But before learning these names, it is essential to understand this notion of cigar band sizes.

Understanding Cigar Sizing: Length and Band Size (Cigar Diameter)

When purchasing a cigar, you will generally find the name of the size of the cigars indicated on the box, but also its actual size.

Thus, a Corona cigar box should indicate, in addition to this denomination: 5⅝ x 42.

The Corona qualification gives all the information to an experienced buyer regarding the measurable characteristics of a module.

In our example:

  • the 5⅝ will tell you the length of the cigar in inches (one inch equals 2.54 cm)
  • the 42 the diameter or the band of the cigar.

There are cigars of all sizes, ranging from the smallest formats (eg the Perla measures 4 inches, or 102 mm long) to much longer cigars (eg the Double Corona measures 7.6 inches, or 194 mm long ).

Regarding the reading of the ring, in order to obtain its diameter, this requires a slightly more complex conversion...

The caliber of a Havana's ring is measured in 64ths of an inch!!

In our case, the 42 will inform us that the diameter of the cigar is 42/64th of an inch, or 16.67mm

Note : the band, also called cepo, corresponds to the largest diameter of the cigar.

The diameter of the cigar therefore also has an impact on the cigar cutter to buy.

Which cigar format to choose?

The first selection criterion will undoubtedly be your cigar cases , since you will undoubtedly want to be able to carry your cigars with you on the go.

We offer a wide selection of cigar cases and travel humidors that will fit the majority of cigar sizes available on the market.

The following criteria to take into account in the selection of your cigars will depend on your experience, your tastes but also your budget.

The larger the diameter of a cigar, the greater the flavor palette the cigar will have.

In addition, the length of a cigar is obviously not without impact on the duration of consumption. The longer a cigar is, the longer the tasting can last.

A small cigar will take less than an hour, while larger ones, such as a Churchill, can be consumed for almost two hours

For a very short experience (15 min), Cigarillos will be the best choice.

Then, depending on how much time you want to give to your tasting, you can go for a Toro cigar for a dedicated time of one hour, or for a Churchill or a Double Corona if you have more than an hour and a half.

Depending on your choice, plan a long enough period to be able to enjoy it to the fullest!

The names of cigars and their sizes

There are three distinct ways to name a cigar:

  • the vitola de salida : the commercial name of the cigar (ex: Partagas Series DN° 4)
  • la vitola de galera : the production name (ex: Partagas)
  • the common name : represents the common format of the cigar (ex: Robusto)

Each of these designations has a specific function and purpose:

  • The vitola de salida: it is simply the name that will be put forward by the brands. Its only function is to commercially name a cigar but without giving any technical information about the cigar.
  • The vitola de galera: is the name used by cigar producers to formally specify the dimensions of a cigar.
  • Finally, the common name is a simplified transcription of the vitola de galera . It allows cigars of different brands to be grouped together under the same single format name. This makes it easy to designate the cigar size regardless of the producer.

It is this common name that will be mainly used in the world of cigar smokers to describe the format of a cigar.

Below, you will find a table summarizing the common names of cigars and their technical characteristics: length and diameter in millimeters.

Please note that these are average figures, which may vary depending on the vitola de galera (the brand):

Module

Caliber

Ø (mm)

Long. (mm)

Laguito N°3

26

10.32

115

carolina

26

10.32

121

Panetela Larga

28

11.11

175

Chicco

29

11.51

106

Entreacto

30

11.91

100

Palmita

32

12.70

152

Delicious

33

13.10

159

Palma

33

13.10

170

nina

33

13.10

178

Panetela

34

13.49

117

will place

34

13.49

125

Epicurus

35

13.89

110

Sport

35

13.89

117

Conchita

35

13.89

127

Carlota

35

13.89

143

Cadet

36

14.29

115

Seoane

36

14.29

125

Veguerito

36

14.29

127

Delicado Extra

36

14.29

185

Trabuco

38

15.08

110

Laguito No. 2

38

15.08

152

Parejo

38

15.08

166

Delicado

38

15.08

192

Laguito No. 1

38

15.08

192

Belvedere

39

15.48

125

Pearl

40

15.87

102

Franciscano

40

15.87

116

Coronita

40

15.87

117

Standard

40

15.87

123

London

40

15.87

126

Little Cetro

40

15.87

129

Almuerzo

40

15.87

130

Cream

40

15.87

140

Laguito No.1

40

15.87

192

Minuto

42

16.67

110

Mareva

42

16.67

129

Little Corona

42

16.67

127

Eminent

42

16.67

132

National

42

15.87

134

Cosaco

42

16.67

135

Corona

42

16.67

140

Corona Grande

42

16.67

155

Cervante

42

16.67

165

preserved

43

17.07

145

cazadore

43

17.07

162

Dalia

43

17.07

170

francisco

44

17.46

143

Corona Gorda

46

18.26

143

tacos

47

18.65

158

Julieta/Churchill

47

18.65

178

Gran Corona

47

18.65

235

Hermoso No. 4

49

19.05

127

paco

49

19.45

180

Dual corona

49

19.45

194

Robusto

50

19.84

127

Gordito

50

19.84

141

Campana

52

20.64

140

Pyramid

52

20.64

156

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