While in the Cuban world the international shapes classify in a very ordered way all the manufacturer shapes (vitolas de galera), in the new world this is not so straight forward.
For instance, a Cuban corona is 5.3 to 5.6 inches long and has a RG (ring gauge) of 42/64 of an inch. However, a Dominican or Nicaraguan corona can be 5 to 6 inches long and have a RG of 38 to 45. These are sizes that you can find in Cuban cremas, marevas or even coronas grandes.
If we were to allow you to search cigars based on the original manufacturer shapes from all countries, you would have to choose among 120+ different shapes.
Therefore, for the purpose of allowing a user-friendly search in our database, we had to simplify the classification of all the cigars we analyzed:
You can also see that we have two main shape types:
– parejo : this is the most common shape with a cylindrical or pressed body, straight sides, one end (the foot or boquilla) cut, and typically a round tobacco-leaf cap on the other end which must be cut or punched before smoking
– figurado : this is an irregularly shaped cigar, basically any cigar that is not a straight-sided cylinder. Simplifying, again, the most usual shapes for figurados are:
– pyramids: open foot, head tapered to a point or slightly rounded
– perfecto or double figurado: closed foot and head rounded or sometimes tapered
– bitroncoconico and troncoconico (1/2 bitroncoconico): in North America they are more popular as cheroots. They are the classic Italian style cigars
– chisel: the head has a flatter, broader edge
– culebra: it could be in the parejo category if it wasn’t for the fact that it looks like a group of snakes tied together, so not exactly a parejo