Terry Pomerantz presents the different types of cigars.

Experts identify 12 main types of cigars, determined by their size and shape. Terry Pomerantz presents them, from the smallest to the largest.

The length and band of a cigar

It is the length (in inches or cm) and the band that determine the type of cigar. The ring gauge is the diameter of a cigar measured in 64th of an inch. The result is a fraction, for example 44/64, of which only the numerator is retained, i.e. the first number (44). This number indicates the size of the ring.

Small Corona

This type of cigar measures 4.5” (11 cm) with a ring size of 40 to 42. Here are some examples of Small Corona cigars: the Montecristo No. 4, the Romeo Y Julieta No. 2, the Hôyo de Monterrey Coronations and the Bolivar Coronas junior.

Four examples of Small Corona cigars
Montecristo No. 4 / Romeo Y Julieta No. 2 / Hôyo de Monterrey Coronations / Bolivar Coronas junior


The Gordito size cigar is 4” (10 cm) long. Its gauge is 60. Examples of Gordito cigars: Upmann Magnum 54, Romeo Y Julieta Petit Churchill, Nub Maduro and Gurkha Typhoon Gordito.


This type of small cigar is powerful. It measures 5” (13 cm) long with a gauge of 50. Examples of Robusto type cigars: Davidoff, Villiger, Griffin, Vega Fina and Bindle Selection.


This is the most popular cigar format. The Corona measures 5.25” (13.3 cm) x 44. Examples: Montecristo No. 3, Trinidad Coloniales and Partagas Super Partagas.


It measures 6” (15 cm) x 50. Examples of Toro cigars: Davidoff Grand Cru, Diamond Crown Julius Caeser and Perez Carillo Encore.

The Toro Davidoff Grand Cru cigar box
Toro | Davidoff Grand Cru


The Gordo measures 6” x 60. Gordo cigars include the Aj Fernandez Bella Artes Maduro, the Camacho Nicaraguan Barrel Aged and the Hoyo de Monterrey la Amistad.


The Panatela type cigar measures 6” (15 cm) x 34. Examples of Panatela cigars: Liga Privada #9, Drew Estate, Davidoff Signature and Macanudo Cafe.


The Lonsdale measures 6.5” x 42 gauge. Examples: the Dominican Arturo Fuente Anejo and Aashton Cabinet Selection cigars, and the Nicaraguan Don Pepin Garcia Original.


Named after the famous British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, cigars in this format measure 7” (18 cm) x 48. Among the Churchills are the Alec Bradley Prensado, made with a blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos, as well as the legendary Cohiba from Cuba or the Dominican Republic.

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill smoking his cigar
British Prime Minister | Winston Churchill


The Lancero format measures 7.5” (19 cm) x 38. It includes some prestigious cigars such as the Fuente Fuente Opus X Lost City, particularly rare and of great quality, and made entirely of Dominican tobacco grown exclusively at the Fuente family estate.

Double Corona

With the same length as the Lancero, 7.5” (19 cm), the Double Corona is thicker with a gauge of 50. Examples are the Macanudo Cafe, made of Mexican and Dominican tobaccos with a Connecticut Shade wrapper, and the Griffin, also made of a blend of Dominican tobaccos wrapped in an Ecuador Connecticut wrapper.

Gran Corona

The Gran Corona measures 9.25″ (23.5 cm) with a gauge of 47. Gran Coronas include the Trubu Gran Corona made with Dominican tobacco with an Ecuadorian Nabano wrapper, the Upmann Magnum and the spicy-tasting Cuban Punch Punch.

Savourez votre cigare préféré

Avant ou après un repas, à l’apéro ou au digestif, fumer un cigare qui présente la forme et le type de tabac que vous préférez permet d’apprécier le temps qui passe doucement, dans les volutes bleues de la fumée des feuilles de tabac de votre Cohiba ou de votre Churchill. Terry Pomerantz vous rappelle l’importance de savourer les subtiles saveurs de cette fumée en évitant soigneusement de l’inhaler.

Un homme d'affaires fumant un cigare cubain

A cigar enthusiast, Terry Pomerantz shares his expert advice on the different brands, types of cigars, and essential accessories to have. Immerse yourself in his recommendations to magnify your experience with each cigar, which you can enjoy in good company, an invitation to take the time to live each moment to the full.