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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