How Big is Too Big? 5

According to the Guinness World Records the longest cigar measured 81.80 m (268 ft 4 in) and was made by Jose Castelar Cueto at the La Triada shop at Parque Morro-Cabaña in Havana, Cuba, on 3 May 2011. (Although a larger cigar was made for Castro’s 90th birthday.)  I’ve seen novelty cigars in shops 18″ long and admit I have only once seen someone smoking one (for 3 hours!)

Obviously these aren’t practical cigars for the every day smoker, but, personally, I feel like the trend over the last several years has be towards larger and larger cigars.  Depending on who you ask the 7″ Churchill vitola has been around since the early 1900’s but what I’m referring to in particular is ring gauge and sheer quantity of tobacco (though the average length is increasing as well!)

It used to be that the robusto was considered a fairly large cigar at 50 ring gauge and 5″ long – at least for daily consumption.  Now we regularly see cigars that are 60 x 6″ or even 70 x 7″!  In fact Cigar Advisor released a 2017 Top Rated Big Cigars article which was the first time I’ve seen such a thing!

Cuba recently announced their new cigar launches for 2018 and in Cigar Aficionado Magazine’s release they stated:

“The Edición Limitada cigars for 2018 will consist of the Romeo y Julieta Taco, 6 2/3 by 49; Bolivar Soberano, 5 1/2 by 54 and an H. Upmann Propios, 4 3/4 by 46. The relative slim size of these ELs was intentional.”

Sorry, but when did 49 and 54 ring gauges become relatively slim?

I looked over the Cigar Aficionado Top 25 lists from 2004 and compared the relative sizes to the Top 25 of 2017.  Ring gauges were on average up from 49.9 gauge to 50.7 while length increased 13% from 5.37″ to 6.07″!  There were 3 cigars in the top 25 in 2017 versus none in 2014, including 2 in the top 10.

With the trend towards larger cigars are being evident, I have to ask, at what size does it become a novelty item versus something you buy a box of?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!  Please comment below!

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– David

5 Comments

  1. When I started smoking, I leaned toward Churchill cigars because I thought they would provide more bang for the buck. Now, I prefer lanceros, lonsdales and the like because they are tastier smokes. I think this 6×60 and bigger trend is terrible, and it pains me to see Cuba going that way as well.

  2. For me the Montecristo ‘A’ and R&J Churchill are plenty big enough. The larger smokes burn cooler which is a great plus for the mouth. But one needs half a day to get the real benefit.
    I’ve also has great luck with construction – no duds. I find the Cohiba Robusto is ideal when I can afford one which is usually in Cuba!
    Good question – I appreciate the opportunity for feedback. Mel

  3. Some guys just feel the need to over compensate…
    For everyday smoking a short Winston Churchill or #2 from R&J
    But I’ll never go bigger than a siglo 6.. I find it too much

  4. I do not care for the shortys but I do like a big cigar! I have found that I am drawn to the 6X60s as well as Asylums beautiful 8X80!!

    When you have the time a nice big gar is a great way to pass the time with the right people and the right libations. It can be a good topic of discussion and even an opportunity to get that friend to try one!
    Hey, the only way to have a legitimate opinion IS to try a few!!

    merv

  5. Love this question. Remember when a 750cc motorcycle was an absolute monster? Now you need to have 1400 cc plus “to be a man” and most of those cc’s just go unused. Personally, my next bike will be a 250cc as this will meet my needs most of the time. I believe the same thing is going on with cigars – an increase in size for no actual reason other than the manufacturers can go bigger and the consumer wants bigger in everything. For me, a 6×60 is a true commitment of time I seldom have. If I go long, it will be with a flavourable Lancero. I find the majority of my cigars are enjoyed during short chunks of time (call it an hour) when I can get some time to myself and away from the family. So a 5×40 to 5×46 is the reality of what I can reasonably enjoy. When I go bigger (50+), I buy shorter. I just picked up 40 cigars in preparation for the summer and it was a few 50, and mostly 46 and 43. I love my summer cigars, and know I can enjoy a 5×43 during a peaceful hour in the gazebo. So nothing against you big gauge loving folks (I have smoked larger gauge), but for me it is a practical thing (I only have a few big gauge cigars on hand vice a box). Just like a 1400cc bike, I admire it and will gladly take it for a spin, but it is not for me as a purchase.

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