Types of Cigar

Types of Cigar

Cigars come in many different types, depending on their size, shape, or manner of manufacture, flavor and country of origin.

Size and Shape

Cigars come in a variety of sizes and shapes. The industry even categorizes them by their dimensions and there are names as such. It may vary among manufacturers.

In addition, cigars are now available in many more dimensions; manufacturers have created their own names for certain sizes. To avoid confusion it is easier to refer to a cigar length and width to describe its size.

Length is measured in inches while the width is measured by ring gauge. But it is still more interesting to describe the sizes with names rather than numbers. This is all part of the cigar mystique.

Most cigars with common names are usually associated with their size, this is because most cigars are shaped like a cylinder, and are considered having a “panejo” shape. On the other hand, a cigar that has an irregular shape is called “figured.”

Handmade vs. Machine-made

Cigars are either rolled by hand of manufactured by machine. A novice smoker may be tempted to begin with the machine made cigars that are usually sold at convenience stores.

However, an aspiring connoisseur must consider spending a little more time and money more on hand-rolled premium cigars that can be found both online and in local tobacconists.

Hand rolled Cigars are made of pure tobacco. Unlike the machine made ones they consist of filler, binder and the outer wrapper which are all a hundred percent tobacco leaves with no other substances mixed in.

For the most part, such tobacco has a much better flavor than in machine made cigars. It is noted that some “handmade” cigars are only partially made by hand because the wrapper was hand rolled over a binder containing short and mixed filler that was bundled and bound by machines.

Body of the Cigar

“Body” is used as a term to describe the type of smoking experience associated with a certain cigar. Usually, it is in reference to the flavor of a cigar and is measured by degrees such as mild, medium, or heavy which is also sometimes called full.

Master cigar blenders of the world work diligently to create the perfect package for a cigar. Flavors may vary and may be described in several ways such as: chocolate, cinnamon, apple, butterscotch and caramel.

Country of Origin

Smokers are often confused by certain geographical nomenclature of cigars. Knowing the origin of a particular cigar gives you the idea of where the seeds were grown. This also indicates the type of cigar.

Here are some countries cigars can originate from:

Dominican Republic

A country that produces high quality cigars and is home to many premium ones. The overall profiles of cigars from this country tend to be mild.


Cigars from this country are usually medium to full-bodied with flavors typically ranging from earthy to fruity.


Tobacco wrapped in Nicaraguan leaf is usually robust and spicy boasting very complex flavors that are not easy to imitate. Because of making huge advances the quality of cigars has become popular over time.


Mexican cigars were some of the most popular back in day. This popularity has eventually wound down in recent times but they do still produce tobacco of fine quality.


Most Peruvian tobaccos possess a lot of body –with a rich and smooth spice that has none of the harsh heat commonly found in heavier cigars. This wonderful blend produces a rich and complex tobacco unlike any other.


More and more cigars have been produced from tobacco harvested in Brazil. It is no wonder because Brazilian tobacco has a rich, toasty and spicy note to it.

Costa Rica

Tobacco from Costa Rica have a terrific nutty “toastiness” about it.


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