Which type of cigar is best?
It all comes down to personal preference as there’s no correlation between the size or length of a cigar and its strength and taste.A thin, short cigar that has been rolled with more powerful tobaccos will taste more full bodied and intense than a long thick gauge cigar made with mild tobaccos, which can be quite mellow.
What is a cigar ring gauge or ring size?
Generally speaking, cigars fall roughly into three categories and again, a lot of it simply comes down to personal preference:
Thick gauge: Ring size of up to 64, which is 1 inch in diameter. Thick gauge cigars were designed for those with a hearty draw who want to savour the flavour and aroma.
Examples: Prominente (7 5/8" x 49 ring) or Julieta (7" x 47 ring)
Medium gauge: Ring size of less than 48, which is ¾ inch in diameter
Examples: Cervantes (6 1/2" x 42 ring) or Nacionales (5 1/2" x 40 ring)
Thin gauge: Ring size of around 32, which is ½ inch in diameter. Slender cigars burn at a slightly higher temperature, sometimes resulting in a harsher less nuanced flavour, but this is not always the case.
Examples: Ninfas (7" x 33 ring) or Carolina (4 3/4" x 26)
If you’re not familiar with ring sizes, it’s the cigar’s diameter broken down into 64ths of an inch. So to translate ring size into a measurement of the diameter, simply divide the ring size by 64 and the answer is the diameter of the cigar in inches. For instance, a ring size of 64 is 64/64 of an inch, or 1 inch, which makes it a thick gauge. If a cigar has a ring size of 32, it’s 32/64 inches, or .5 inches in diameter and it’s a thin gauge.