A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Type of Cigar

Posted by Corona Cigar Co. on Oct 22 2018

Cigar Selection

A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Type of Cigar

There’s nothing better than smoking a smooth stogie. Correctly lighting and smoking a cigar is only half of the battle. It’s also important to understand how to choose a cigar that you’re going to love. If you’re new to the world of selecting a cigar, there are a few things you should know, especially when it comes to buying a cigar online.

Understanding Size

The size of the cigar that you buy directly impacts the amount of smoking time you’ll have. A cigar that is wide and long will give you the most smoke time. If you’re looking for a quick smoke, it’s better to choose a smaller cigar. The thinner and shorter the cigar is, the less smoking time you’ll have.

Different Shapes

If you come across words like “parejos” and “figurados” when shopping for cigars, don’t panic. These are the words used to describe the different shapes of cigars. Parejos are straight-sided cigars. These could include square or triangular shapes. A figurado-shaped cigar refers to any cigar with an irregular shape. The shape doesn’t typically impact the flavor of the cigar. Instead, it’s a preference of comfort while smoking.


The gauge of the cigar refers to its diameter. It’s always measured in 64ths of an inch. Typically gauges range from 28 to 60. The larger the gauge, the longer it will take to smoke. When selecting a cigar, it’s important to determine how much time you have to spend smoking so that you don’t waste a good cigar. If you have less than an hour, choose a smaller gauge.


No matter which type of cigar you choose, inspect it before you smoke it. A good cigar is tightly and firmly packed. There shouldn’t be any weak spots as you squeeze along the body, otherwise it will fall apart while you smoke it. Your cigar should be properly humidified, too. This means that it shouldn’t be too dry or too wet, otherwise it won’t burn properly.

Shopping cigar stores online can be daunting, especially if you don’t know what to look for. With these tips and tricks, you’ll be smoking the perfect cigar in no time.