The Handy Guide To Knowing Your Cigar Sizes

Cigars on a table at Havana House

The shape of a cigar can fluctuate significantly in size, depending on brand. We know that it can be quite the task to explain the exact cigar you are referring to if you – or the person you are explaining to – don’t have the official terminology on board. But, let’s not worry about that, Havana House are on hand once again to help!


How are cigars measured?

You must take two factors into account when it comes to measuring cigars. They are as follows:

  • Length (given in inches)
  • Ring Gauge


Ring gauge is a term used to determine a cigar’s diameter, which is broken into 64ths of an inch. For example, a cigar with a 40-ring gauge, is 40/64 of an inch in diameter.

You should take note that there’s no correlation between the size of a cigar and the strength of its smoke. A cigar’s strength is determined through the tobacco it is rolled with. Furthermore, one should take into account that there is no consistency of strength from brand to brand: for example, one company could make a petit corona that would likely taste vastly different from another brand.


So, let’s get into it, shall we? Let’s have a look at the cigar size terminology as we continue our collection of guides:


Petit Corona

This size is essentially a mini version or a traditional corona. This cigar usually measures around the 4 1/2 inch mark, with a ring gauge of 40 to 42.

Example: Montecristo No.4

Corona Gorda

Also referred to as a Toro, the Gorda cigar has been gradually growing in stature over the years. The traditional measurements are 5 5/8 inches by 46 ring gauge. However, the 6-inch version with a 50 ring gauge has also seen an upturn in its prevalence among the cigar smoking circles.

Example: Partagas Corona Gorda Anejados

Double Corona

The typical dimensions of the double corona are 7 1/2 to 8 1/2 inches, with 49 to 52 ring gauges.

Example: Hoyo De Monterrey Double Corona


The Churchill is a large corona, in essence. The standard dimensions are 7 inches by 47 ring gauge.

Example: Romeo y Julieta Churchill


A short, fat cigar, the Robusto has found itself rising to take the crown as the most popular cigar size in America. The size is generally 4 3/4 to 5 1/2 inches by 48 to 52 ring gauge.

Example: Juliany Maduro Robusto


Offering its long, thin and elegant, appeal, this size’s popularity has realised reduction of late. However, for those who’d like to give the pantela a whirl, it is an elegant size, with a wide length variation of 5 to 7 1/2 inches with a ring gauge of 34 to 38. Cigars that exceed 7 inches in this category are often referred to as “gran panetelas.”

Example: Cohiba Exquisitos


Traditional belicosos are short pyramids, often with a slightly rounded pyramid head. They often measure from 5 to 5 1/2 inches, with ring gauges of about 50. Today’s belicosos, however, are often coronas or corona gordas with tapered heads. Recent years have also seen the production of mini-belicosos, short cigars with small ring gauges and tapered heads.

Example: Bolivar Belicosos Finos


While many companies include cigars called torpedoes in their range, they are often, in fact, pyramids. A genuine torpedo is a rare cigar in today’s stogie world. A shape that possess a closed foot, a head tapered to a point, and a bulge in the middle, the true torpedo is not a pyramid.

Example: Montecristo No.2


Similarly, to the torpedo, the perfecto also features a closed foot and sports a bulge in the middle. Dissimilarly though, torpedoes don’t the head of a perfecto, which is rounded like the head of a parejo. Perfectos range largely in length. It’s possible to see the miniature versions at 4 1/2 inches, making their way through the sizes, to the substantial 9-inch cigars. Ring gauges come in at 38 and work their way up to 48.

Example: Aging Room Mezzo


Not as widely-smoked as in the past, the culebra offers arguably the most exotic shape of stogies. It consists of three panetelas braided together and tied with string, sold as one cigar. The three parts are subsequently unbraided so that they can then be enjoyed separately. The culebra usually measures in at 5 to 6 inches in length, and normally have a 38 ring gauge.

Example: Partagas Culebra


Diademas are enormous, 8 1/2 inches or longer. The head is tapered, though often not to a complete point, usually with a 40 ring gauge. The cigar then tapers down to a foot that can be open like a parejo or closed like a perfecto, usually with a ring gauge of 52 or greater.

Example: Cuaba Diademas


For more information on the best stogie to suit you or to find our exquisite range of accessories, such as our collection of cigar lighters, why not contact us today and see how we can help you?

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