Posted by Cigar King on 26th Mar 2024

What's a Ring Gauge? Cigar Sizes Explained

If you're a beginner cigar smoker, the world of cigar sizes and shapes can be both overwhelming and intriguing. With so many shapes, sizes and options to choose from, narrowing down what you want to smoke takes years, but this guide can help save you some time.

Ever wondered why the size and shape of a cigar matter so much? Let's dive into the world of cigar ring gauges — or vitola — the unique dimensions that define each cigar. From length to ring gauge, this guide uncovers how these factors impact your smoking journey.

Understanding the Basics: What is a Ring Gauge?

When you talk about cigars, the ring gauge is basically how thick or wide the cigar is, measured in 64ths of an inch. So, if a cigar has a ring gauge of 42, it means the diameter is 42/64 of an inch. This number doesn't tell you how long the cigar is, but it's super important for figuring out how big it is and how it burns. Ring gauges can go from a slim 26 to a hefty 52 or even bigger, and each size gives the smoke a different flavor.

Cigar Size Names

Cigar size classification is a science, often dictating the length, burn time, and flavor intensity of the cigar. The traditional terminology used to describe cigar sizes, such as 'Corona' and 'Robusto,' is more than just jargon—it'san indication of what to expect from your smoke. Length, thickness, and shape all play a part in influencing your experience, and understanding these different variations can help you make more informed decisions when selecting a cigar.

Petit Corona

The Petit Corona is a popular choice among cigar enthusiasts for those moments when time is precious but the desire for a quality smoking experience remains. Traditionally measuring around 4 1/2 to 5 inches in length with a ring gauge ranging from 40 to 42, the Petit Corona offers a brief yet satisfying experience.

It's an excellent option for a smoker looking for a shorter engagement, perfect for a mid-morning break or an after-dinner relaxation period. Its compact size doesn't compromise on the complexity or depth of flavor, making it a versatile choice that can deliver rich, concentrated tastes in a condensed format.

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The Gordita, often overlooked in favor of its more famous counterparts, commands its own unique position within the spectrum of cigar sizes. Nestled comfortably between the smaller Petit Corona and the larger Robusto, the Gordita usually measures about 4 1/2 inches in length with a more robust ring gauge of approximately 50.

This size allows the smoker to experience a richer, more voluminous smoke without committing to the longer smoking time required by bigger cigars. Ideal for those who seek a balance between intensity and duration, the Gordita offers a hearty, full-flavored experience that satisfies the palate without overstaying its welcome.


The Robusto is among the most popular cigar sizes in the world, favored for its robust dimensions that provide a generous smoking experience. Typically measuring 4 7/8 to 5 1/2 inches in length with a ring gauge of 48 to 52, the Robusto offers a perfect balance for those seeking both richness in flavor and a moderate smoking duration.

Its popularity stems from the fact that it delivers the full spectrum of flavors that a cigar can offer, while its size is suitable for both a relaxed session or a quick smoke. This vitola has gained a reputation for being a reliable choice for both beginners seeking to explore the nuances of cigar smoking and seasoned aficionados who appreciate its rich, full-bodied profile.


An iconic cigar size the Corona stands as a classic among cigar sizes, boasting balanced dimensions and a smooth, enjoyable smoke. It usually measures between 5 1/4 to 6 inches in length, with a ring gauge typically around 42 to 44.

The Corona's moderate diameter allows for a cooler smoke, which can translate into a smoother, more nuanced flavor profile. Its length provides ample time to enjoy the evolution of flavors throughout the smoking session. Renowned for its elegance and sophistication, the Corona is a great choice for experienced smokers or beginners looking to delve into longer smokes.

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Yet another iconic cigar shape, The Toro is a standout in the cigar world, perfect for aficionados or beginnersalike. It's usually around 6 to 6 1/2 inches long with a 50 to 54 ring gauge, ensuring a lengthy smoke with diverse flavors. This size is well-loved for its balance of length and thickness, delivering a bold flavor profile without taking up too much time.

Great for laid-back evenings, the Toro lets you truly appreciate its changing character as you socialize. Its staying power in the industry proves it'spopularity, especially for those who appreciate a classic cigar.


The Gordo is a titan in the world of cigars, offering a luxurious smoking experience for those who enjoy a lengthy and full-bodied adventure. With dimensions typically 6 inches or longer and a ring gauge up to 60, it exemplifies opulence. Gordos arerecommended for seasoned smokers, with theirlarge size allowing for a cool, slow burn, revealing a range of flavors. Ideal for a relaxed evening or special occasion, the Gordo offers an all-encompassing cigar smoking experience.


The Panatela is a slender and elegant cigar that offers a distinctly refined smoking experience. Often characterized by its long, thin physique, it typically measures between 5 to 7 1/2 inches in length with a narrow ring gauge of 34 to 38. This vitola is perfect for those who prefer a milder, more delicate flavor profile, as the reduced diameter can lead to a faster burn and a lighter taste.

Its sophisticated appearance and gentle smoke make it a favorite among aficionados who appreciate the finesse and subtlety in their smoking experience. Ideal for occasions that call for a less intense, yet still satisfying cigar, the Panatela is perfect for a quick smoke with full flavor.

Cervantes (Lonsdale)

The Cervantes, also known as the Lonsdale, offers a balance between thick and slim cigars. It's about 6.5 to 7 inches long with a ring gauge of 42 to 44, longer than a Corona but similar in diameter. The extended length enhances flavor complexity for a rich, nuanced smoking experience. Ideal for medium to long sessions, the Cervantes is beloved by aficionados for its taste and elegance.


The Churchill, an iconic cigar size named after Winston Churchill, known for its grandeur and length. Measuring around 7 inches with a ring gauge of 47 to 50, it offers a long, luxurious smoking experience. Its cool, gradual burn allows for savoring a complex blend of flavors. As big and bold as its namesake, a Churchill is the stick you break out when you want to make a statement.

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Toro Grande (Lancero)

The Toro Grande, also known as the Lancero, offers a unique smoking experience with its impressive length and slender ring gauge. Measuring around 7 1/2 to 8 inches in length and 38 to 42 ring gauge, this vitola provides a sophisticated balance of duration and flavor. The Lancero's elongated shape and smaller diameter concentrate the smoke, enhancing tobacco nuances for a richer flavor profile. Ideal for those who enjoy longer smoking sessions and evolving taste layers, the Toro Grande is favored by connoisseurs seeking a refined, immersive experience.

Double Corona

The Double Corona is like an extra large slice of dessert — but in the cigar world — It offers you a rich, smooth smoking experience bursting with flavor.

It's usually around 7 1/2 to 8 1/2 inches long and 49 to 52 ring gauge, so you get to savor it for a good while. This size is all about revealing the deep flavors and complexity of the blend, with a slow burn that lets you really dive into the changing tastes and smells.

Perfect for a long Saturday afternoon, a double corona cigar is a great way to relax and enjoy your favorite stick. Get a box of your favorite cigars in a double corona size online or at our store in Scottsdale today!

Gran Corona

The Gran Corona, known as the "Presidente," is like the king of cigars — majestic and towering! It's huge, over 9 inches long with a thick ring gauge of 47 to 50, perfect for the die-hard fans. This cigar is all about a leisurely smoke, letting you savor the changing flavors as time goes by.

Offering an extra-long smoke packed full of flavor, gran corona sized cigars are the perfect choice for when you want to turn cigar smoking into a true event.

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The Higher the Ring Gauge, the Better...Right?

Bigger isn't always better — in the world of cigars its all about personal preference. Regardless, you should know how cigar sizes work since it significantly impacts the way a cigar smokes.

A thicker ring gauge, for instance, delivers a cooler and often more consistent smoke, while longer cigars can provide a medium to full experience, usually over an extended period.

Ring gauges are also linked to the hand feel and construction of the cigar, with some smokers swearing by the balance and comfort thicker gauges offer.

Buy at Cigar King Today!

No matter which ring gauge you prefer for your cigar, you're sure to find it here at Cigar King in Scottsdale. We carry the biggest names in cigars — as well as house exclusives — in a variety of ring gauges and styles. Check out our incredible inventory online or by visiting us in Scottsdale today.