As you likely know, cigars have two dimensions that are generally listed in the sales details. Length is given in inches such as 5.5 or 5 ½. Centimeters may be used too, but not generally on cigars sold in the U.S. At least not as the only measurement of length. The diameter is given in 64ths of an inch and is called the ring gauge. A stogie with a ring gauge of 48, for example, is ¾” in diameter. Most seasoned smokers suggest that a ring gauge of 47-50 is the most smokable. It’s comfortable in the hand and offers enough width to get a good draw. Sizes with ring gauges in this range include Rothschild, Toro, Churchill, gran corona, Robusto and Presidente. The greater the width, the more intense the smoke and flavor will be because more tobacco is burning with each draw. Narrower cigars are not quite as intense, and you may have to draw harder or longer to get the amount of smoke you want. One caution is that drawing hard on a cigar may cause it to heat up. This will negatively affect the flavor and may simply make the stick uncomfortably hot. These are generalizations, but hold true for most cigars.
Larger Size Cigars
If you’re the type of person who likes big, bold and even a bit wild, then opt for larger ring gauges. They can be as large as 60. The size of the Padron Thousand Series 7000 Natural 6.25x60. The Drew Estate Undercrown Maduro Gordito is just that at 6.0x60. Wider sizes and their general ring gauge include Toro Grande at 52, double Corona at 50-52, Torpedo at 52 and Gordo at 60. If you enjoy a mellower smoke with more controlled draws, then a 48 ring gauge or less will likely suit your style. Some tasty options here include the Herrera Esteli by Drew Estate Norteno Edicion Limitada Churchill at 7x48, the Padron 1964 Anniversary Principe Maduro at 4.5x46 and the Drew Estate ACID Blondie at 4x38.