a guide to understanding cigar shapes
Clubs of America | Feb 15, 2023
Cigars come in a variety of shapes, each with its unique characteristics and smoking experience. The shape of a cigar can affect its flavor, draw, and burning characteristics. Here are some of the cigar shapes that Clubs of America’s Cigar of the Month Club have featured in the past.
The Torpedo is tapered at both ends. The head of the Torpedo is pointed, and the foot is rounded. The tapered shape of the Torpedo provides a more concentrated flavor, with a stronger taste at the head of the cigar and a milder taste at the foot.
The Churchill is a longer and thicker cigar. Churchills are typically seven inches long and have a thick ring gauge of 50 or more. The large size of the Churchill provides a long smoking time and a more relaxed smoking experience.
The Robusto is a popular and classic shape of cigar that is known for its short and thick size. Robustos typically measure around 5 inches in length with a ring gauge of 50.The Robusto is characterized by its straight sides, rounded cap, and open foot. It’s a medium to full-bodied cigar and is designed to provide a smooth, yet flavorful smoking experience. The thicker size of the Robusto allows for a longer smoking time, making it a great option for those who want a satisfying smoke without committing to a longer smoking session.
The Gordo is a large and thick cigar with a ring gauge of 60 or more and a length of around 6 inches or more. The shape is characterized by its straight sides and rounded cap, with a slightly open foot. The larger size of the Gordo allows for a longer smoking time and a more relaxed smoking experience, making it a popular choice among cigar enthusiasts who prefer a longer smoke.
The Belicoso is characterized by its tapered head and rounded foot. The Belicoso is similar in shape to the Torpedo; it has a slightly shorter length and a thicker ring gauge. The tapered head of the Belicoso is sharp and pointed and the foot is rounded and open. This unique shape allows for a concentrated flavor profile, with a stronger taste at the head of the cigar and a milder taste at the foot.
The shape of a cigar can affect its flavor, draw, and burning characteristics. Each shape provides a unique smoking experience, with different flavors and strengths in different parts of the cigar. Whether you prefer a Churchill or a Torpedo, there is a cigar shape to suit every smoker’s preference.