Types of Cigars
The Styles and the Sizes
For the new smoker, the
different styles and sizes of cigars can appear
mind-boggling. It helps to recognize that every type of
cigar can be segregated into two general categories: parejos
and figurados. Parejos refers to cigars that are essentially
straight and they are subdivided into three categories:
coronas, panatelas, and lonsdales. Coronas come in a
smorgasbord of styles and noted brands. They are known as
cigars with an 'open foot' (or tip) and a rounded head.
Panatelas are generally lengthier than coronas and are more
slender. Lonsdales are also lengthier than coronas, but
are slimmer than the panatela.
second type of cigar is comprised of the figurados.
Figurados denotes cigars that are irregular or somehow
hand-shaped so that they are not purely straight. The
smallest of figurados are the belicoso cigars, which
are known for a larger foot and a smaller, rounded head.
The other basic figurado cigar is the pyramid, which has a
pointed head that tapers to a large foot. The
perfecto is a figurado cigar that is tapered on both the
head and foot, with a more slender middle. The largest
figurado is the diadema known as the 'giant' of cigars
because it is always eight inches or more.
Now that you've
chosen your cigar, what are the
steps to enjoying your cigar?