February 18, 2021 C.B.’s Blog: Cigar Size Basics

C.B.’s Blog: Cigar Size Basics

Especially if you are a seasoned smoker you may say – ‘Of course I know the different sizes, I like Robusto’s more than Churchills’ even though there are a large number who don’t know about a Culebra or Diadema and even more who are unsure of the differences between a Corona vs Petite Corona. Take a few moments for a quick refresh or we hope, possibly expand your cigar knowledge a bit.

When talking about Cigars in a general sense, they are all pretty much the same in appearance – long and cylinder shaped. This ‘tube’ shape is most often referred to as a parejo, a word that in Spanish means being ‘flush’, ‘even’ or ‘straight’. Parejo cigars consist of straight sides and a rounded head. The other shape is the figurado, which is basically any shape of cigar that is not a parejo. Parejo – straight. Figurado – anything other than Parejo.

Over the years, manufacturers have further built on the figurado shape and made them into Torpedos, Belicosos, Pyramids, Perfectos and Solomons just to name a few. It is actually pretty impressive to see all the different possibilities a cigars shape could take on.

When the cigar is properly described, the shape is measured by length and diameter. The length is measured in inches but the diameter is actually measured by its ring gauge which is a unit of measurement divisible by 64. I know this sounds strange and odd but keep in ind that a 64 ring gauge is equal to 1 inch in diameter. For example, a ring gauge of 48 would be 3/4 of an inch in diameter ( 48/64 ).

The below list is a small list of the majority of ‘classic’ vitola’s. This is not intended to be a fully encompassing list. It is true that some Robusto’s are 52 ring gauge or some Churchills are 7.5 inches long – but for simplicity sake we have included the more ‘average’ cigar sizes available.


  • Churchill: (7×48)
  • Corona: (5.5×42) – (6×44)
  • Double Corona: (7.5×49) – (8×52)
  • Lonsdale: (6.25×42) – (7×44)
  • Panatela: (5×38) – (6×38)
  • Petite Corona: (4.5×40) – (4.5×42)
  • Robusto: (4.5×50) – (5.5×50)
  • Toro, Corona, Gordo: (5×46) – (6×50)


  • Culebra: 3 panatelas twisted together
  • Diadema: (8×40) – (8×54) (closed and tapered head)
  • Pyramid: (6×40) – (7×54) (sharply tapered head and larger foot)
  • Torpedo: (6×40) – (7×54) (closed foot and a pointed head)
  • Belicoso: (5×50) – (5.5×50) (tapered head)
  • Perfecto: (4.5×38) – (9×48) (closed foot, a round head, and a bulge in the middle)

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