Tuesday’s Cigar Tips (Does bigger, mean better?)

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Tuesday’s Cigar Tips

As an avid cigar smoker, we all come up with different techniques and routines that work best for us prior to starting our smoking session and during it, and there are a few things we learn along the way. Everyone’s techniques and routines are different, based on your own preference or there can be some similarities. Therefore, to further connect with you and provide you with resources and details about cigars, I’ve created these weekly cigar tips for you to utilize.

Does bigger, mean better?

As you begin to explore your cigar journey, you will learn there’s an affray of cigars based on taste, texture, color, appearance, and even size.  For many of us, enjoying a cigar that’s around the ring size of a 52-56 gauge is somewhat standard.


However, there’s been recent popularity in the bigger ring gauge cigars that are called the Gigante, Gordo, and Double Toro. And, some of these ring sizes have ballooned to 70, 80, and even 90-plus ring sizes. However, even though big cigars are gaining in popularity, does that mean, bigger cigars are better?


For starters, a longer cigar burns for a longer period than a shorter one of the same ring gauge. Also, a longer cigar is less intense, when you first light it, because the heat is further away from your palate. This could be a plus because the overall intensity of a cigar reflects a meaningful balance between thickness and length. Secondly, with a bigger ring gauge, the dynamics of a cigar changes. In general, a cigar’s size provides a meaningful difference in intensity. It boils down to the ratio between the binder, filler, and the wrapper leaf. A cigar’s wrapper leaf can represent roughly 60-80% of the flavor and body you perceive in a cigar. Therefore, it really boils down to your personal taste, and/or preference.

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Ultimately, your personal physical comfort with a big ring cigar should be your top priority, because it can be extremely trying on the jaw, and pretty much impossible to smoke without the aid of your hand supporting it. I believe the hype for the large ring gauge cigars comes from the excitement of variety and consumers equating a bigger cigar as a better value. Essentially, getting more bang (cigar) for their buck. The best thing about this current craze, if you’re truly curious about trying one of the bigger cigar sizes, there are a ton of premium brands that you choose from now, so it’s not like just collecting a novelty piece. You can really have an enjoyable and pleasurable smoking experience.

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Asylum 13 is one of my favorite cigar brands and when I went to my local cigar shop over Super Bowl weekend, for a cigar haul, I was able to see the real big one, the Asylum 13 80×6

Keep it Smokey, my friends!!!!!!!


Author: Naimah “Ni” Pears


Welcome, I’ am Naimah “Ni” Pears! I always wanted to have a platform to share some of my creativity, as well as my enjoyment for writing, loving cigars, bourbon, and whiskey, and way too many other cool things to name all here.  However, I hope you will continue to visit Red Lips and Cigar Sticks, the magazine, to learn more about me and the Cigar Lifestyle. I’ am not an expert, but I am extremely knowledgeable!

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