Formats and Tobacco-Leaf Sizes

The fascination “cigar” is no doubt due to the myriad of shapes and sizes available on the market, a variety that has developed out of practicality. Apart from differences in burn duration, each individual format of cigar exhibits it’s signature flavor. It is a very common mistake to believe that a fat cigar is stronger than a thinner one. This is simply not true. A cigar’s aroma and strength is dependent upon the blend of it’s filler (in Spanish called tripa) - the melange of the Volado, Seco and Ligero leaves - as well as it’s length and diameter.

The Criollo tobacco plant supplies three leaf types:

Ligero: The structure-rich and densest leaves uppermost on the tobacco plant, which have been most intensely exposed to the sun. The Ligero leaves contribute strength to the taste of a cigar.

Seco: Leaves that are slightly thinner and found in the middle region of the plant, bestow a refinement to the taste and flavor.

Volado: These are found on the lower part of the plant, and are the mildest of leaves, which provide good burn characteristics to a cigar.

A major factor which influences the particular taste of a cigar is determined by the wrapper (Capa), which stems from Corojo plants in Cuban cigars. Experts believe that up to 50% of a cigar’s taste can be credited to it’s “Capa”.

The mixture of tobacco in larger and fatter cigars flaunts the characteristics of a blend much more advantageously than a thinner cigar with the same filler, the thinner format becomes too hot too quickly and, therefore burns up before it’s flavors can properly unfold.

Thus a fat cigar is fuller in aroma than a thin cigar of the same blend and often has proved that, due to it’s thickness and it’s high oxygen flow, each draw is milder and less biting.

For these reasons, there is a wide palette of sizes from which one can choose a smoke. A small Corona with a relatively short burn can be smoked more quickly than a larger format like a Lonsdale or a Churchill, which requires time, peace and leisure. There is an old saying that one does not simply smoke, one enjoys; a small, but subtle difference.

Fortunately, a large variety of shapes and sizes exists so that a suitable cigar can be found for every appetite. In this connection, it must be mentioned that, when discussing the subject of format, especially with the Habanos, this matter becomes extremely complicated. For Habanos alone, there are 72 different factory names - the “vitolas de galera”; furthermore there are an infinite number of names under which cigars are marketed, the “vitolas de salida” (for example: Cohiba Espléndido). Even though it is hardly possible for one soul to know each and every designation, let alone remember them all, there are about a dozen universal, “popular” format styles. It must also be implied that accuracy is rather rudimentary as to length and diameter; among 72 vitolas sharing a good dozen names, precision will definitely fall to the wayside. Nevertheless, the connoisseur maintains perspective and that is what counts.

The most common formats of current and ancient Habanos

Format (popular) 







The Gigante is a distinctive size, therefore the designation Especial. The most famous representative of this shape was the Montecristo A with a length of 235 mm and a diameter of 19 mm. One can count the Sancho Panza Sancho and the Hoyo de Monterrey Maravillas to this category. Their factory name is Gran Corona. Smoking duration up to 150 mintues. All three are no longer manufactured.

230 - 240

19 - 22

Double Corona

Of the standard sizes, the Double Corona is the largest. The sumptuous shape guarantees a good burn and a superb development of flavor. The factory designation: Prominente. Smoking enjoyment up to 120 minutes.

186 - 200

19 - 21.5


This size was defined by Cohiba for the Cohiba Siglo VI. It’s girth is similar to a Double Corona, but a shorter cigar. A good draw and development of flavor is guaranteed. Smoking duration up to 60 minutes.




This size is a shorter Double Corona or a Robusto which has been stretched in length. It has a thick diameter and is somewhat longer than a Corona, and thus smokes well and ensures good taste development. Up to 70 minutes of smoking enjoyment.

140 - 168

18 - 21


This shape has been named after Sir Winston Churchill and has been specially developed by Romeo y Julieta. It’s large format guarantees an excellent burn and flavor development. Smoking duration up to 90 minutes.

170 - 185

18 - 20


The mythical 8-9-8 of Partagas lends the Dalia (factory name) it’s popular nomenclature. It’s specific arrangement in a box of 25, of three layers of eight, nine and eight cigars, respectively, leads to this unusual designation. Approximately 50 minutes of smoking pleasure.




Originally manufactured exclusively for the English aristocrat Lord Londsdale. A rather long cigar, but in diameter more slender than a Double Corona or Churchill. Rather suited to the experienced smoker. Factory name: Cervantes. Smoking duration up to 70 minutes.

160 - 185

16 - 18


Probably the most inaccurately defined format. The cigars which are labeled as Panatela can be rather confusing. Hopefully the following will help to clarify matters. It is important to discriminate between thin and slender.


Mini Panatela - short and thin, also called Panatela Fina. It’s factory name: Laguito No. 3.

102 - 130

10 - 13.5


Short oder Small Panatela - also called Petit Panatela. Factory name: Panatela.

110 - 120

13.6 - 15


Slim Panatela - Slim Panatela – long and thin, also named Panatela Fina.

130 - 170

10 - 13.5


Panatela - long and more full-figured, also called Gran Panatela

130 - 170

13 - 15.5


Long Panatela - long and slender, also named Gran Panatela. It’s factory name is Panetela Larga, i.e. the Cohiba Lanceros and the Trinidad Fundadores.

170 - 195

10 - 15.5



Cigars which do not belong to the group of Parejos, or straight cigars, but rather to the family of the Figurados, which narrow towards the head. This narrowing results in an intensification of flavor in the last third of the cigar. The factory name is called Piramide. Smoking enjoyment up to 80 minutes. Examples: Montecristo No. 2 and Partagas Serie P No. 2.

The Belicoso is about 15 mm shorter than the Torpedo. Factory name: Campana. Smoking duration up to 60 minutes. Example: Romeo Y Julieta Belicosos. 

140 - 170

19.5 - 21.5


There are Figurados where both ends narrow into tips. The most well-known are the cigars of Cuaba. This particular shape induces a slow start in order to positively prepare for the forthcoming smoking pleasures, especially the superb development of flavor in the last third of the cigar. It’s factory name is Exquisito. Smoking duration between 20 to 70 minutes, depending on length.

150 - 155

16 -17


Undisputedly the most popular of formats. The balance between quantity of smoke and development of flavor is felt by many as ideal. Duration of enjoyment up to 60 minutes.

130 -170

15 - 18.5

Corona Grande

Somewhat longer than the Corona. It’s factory name is the same: Corona Grande. Duration: up to 60 minutes. Hoyo de Monterrey Hoyo des Dieux.

150 - 155

16 -17

Hermoso No. 4

Today the Robusto is extremely popular and represents a new generation of cigars. It has a relatively quick burn, but produces a sumptuous volume of smoke and flavor as a result of it’s thickness. It’s factory name is also Robusto. Examples: Cohiba Robustos, Ramon Allones Specially Selected, Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2.

The size Hermoso No. 4 is somewhat thinner, but longer. Smoking pleasure between 45 – 50 minutes. 

112 - 140

19 -22

Petit Corona

With a length of about 110 mm, it is an ideal cigar for “in between”, if one enjoys a milder smoke. The burn is usually better than the small-sized Panatelas. Factory name: Mareva. Duration about 25 minutes.

102 - 127

15 - 18.5

Très Petit Corona
Demi Corona

A small format with a mid-sized diameter. The burn is usually better than the small-sized Panatellas. A bitterness is seldom expected in this ring size and the flavors are able to develop well. Factory name: Perla, and in Cuba also known as Minuto. 20 minutes of smoking pleasure. Examples are San Cristobal El Principe, Partagas Shorts, Montecristo No. 5.

100 - 125

15 - 17

Demi Tasse

The measurements and burn are very similar to the Half Corona. Due to the small diameter, there is a tendency towards bitterness. Factory name: Entreacto. Smoking duration about 15 minutes.

95 - 100

11 - 12


These are small, thin cigars which are manufactured to the same quality standards that their big brothers and sisters are, namely with fillers, binders and wrappers. Due to their small girth, they sometimes exhibit a tendency towards bitterness. Factory name: Chico. Smoking duration approx. 10 minutes. 

95 - 130

8 - 12


An exotic, special size which is only found in the assortment of Romeo y Julieta and Partagas. These are three small cigars which are braided together.


The official Vitolas de Galera and corresponding Vitolas de Salida

Listed below are all factory-cigar sizes officially produced in Cuba, the so-called Vitolas de Galera. The cigars in each group have identical sizes. This allows to hold cigars-tastings with cigars of homogeneous size. In everyday's life by far not all of these vitolas can be found. Often cigars with similar sizes are pooled under one Vitola to simplify things. A Vegas Robaina Famoso then becomes a Robusto rather than a Hermoso No. 4. 

Montecristo A (no longer made)
Sancho Panza Sanchos (no longer made)

Ring gauge 47 (235mm x 18,65mm)

PROMINENTE (Double Corona)
Vegas Robaina Don Alejandro
Partagas Lusitanias
Punch Double Coronas
Hoyo de Monterrey Double Coronas

Ring gauge 49 (194mm x 19,45mm)

JULIETA (Churchill)
Cohiba Esplendidos
Romeo Y Julieta Churchills
Punch Churchills
H. Upmann Monarcas
Hoyo de Monterrey Churchills
Bolucvar Coronas Gigantes
H. Upmann Monarcas
H. Upmann Sir Winston
Saint Luis Rey Churchills

Ring gauge 47 (178mm x 18,65mm)

PIRAMIDE (Torpedo)
Vegas Robaina Unicos
Montecristo No. 2
H. Upmann No. 2

Ring gauge 52 (156mm x 20,64mm)


Cohiba 1492 Siglo IV - Siglo 4
Romeo y Julieta Exhibicion No.3
Punch Punch
Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 1
H. Upmann Magnum 46
Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 1
Rey del Mundo Gran Corona

Ring gauge 46 (143mm x 18,26mm)

CAMPANA (Belicoso)
San Cristobal de La Habana La Punta 
Romeo y Julieta Belicosos 
Bolivar Belicosos Finos 
Sancho Panza Belicosos

Ring gauge 52 (140mm x 20,64mm)



Cuaba Divinos

Ring gauge 43 (101mm x 17,03mm) (PETIT BOUQUET)

Cuaba Tradicionales

Ring gauge 42 (120mm x 16,64mm) (FAVORITO)

Cuaba Generosos

Ring gauge 42 (132mm x 16,64mm) (GENEROSO)


Vegas Robaina Famosos
Romeo y Julieta Exhibicion No. 4
H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1 
Rey del Mundo Choix Supreme 
Saint Luis Rey Regios

Ring gauge 48 (127mm x 19,05mm)

Cohiba Robusto 
Partagas Serie D No. 4 
Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 
Bolivar Royal Coronas 
Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 2 
Ramon Allones Specially Selected

Ring gauge 50 (124mm x 19,84mm)

Cohiba Linea 1492 Siglo V
Partagas 8-9-8 (Varnished)
Partagas de Partagas No. 1
Bolivar Inmensas
Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No. 2
Ramon Allones 8-9-8

Ring gauge 43 (170mm x 17,07mm)

CERVANTE (Lonsdale)
Vegas Robaina Classicos
Montecristo No. 1 
Romeo y Julieta Cedros de Luxe No. 1
H. Upmann Upmann No. 1 
Rey del Mundo Lonsdales 
Rafael Gonzales Lonsdales 
Saint Luis Rey Lonsdales 
Sancho Panza Molinos

Ring gauge 42 (165mm x 16,67mm)

Cohiba Linea 1492 Siglo III 
Montecristo Tubos 
Romeo y Julieta Coronas Grandes 
Partagas 8-9-8 (Non Varnished) 
Punch Super Selection No. 1 
Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo des Dieux 
Quai d'Orsay Gran Coronas

Ring gauge 42 (155mm x 16,67mm)

Vegas Robaina Familares
Montecristo No. 3 
Romeo y Julieta Cedros de Luxe No. 2
Romeo y Julieta Coronas 
Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Roi 
Saint Luis Rey Coronas 
Sancho Panza Coronas

Ring gauge 42 (142mm x 16,67mm)

Romeo y Julieta Romeo No. 1 
Partagas Partagas de Luxe
H. Upmann Especiales
Quintero Nacionales
Quintero Brevas

Ring gauge 40 (140mm x 15,87mm)




MAREVA (Petit Corona)
Cohiba Linea 1492 Siglo II
Montecristo No. 4
Partagas Mille Fleurs
Partagas Petit Coronas
Romeo y Julieta Romeo No. 2
Romeo y Julieta Romeo No. 2 de Luxe
Romeo y Julieta Cedros de Luxe No. 3
Punch Coronation
Punch Royal Selection No. 12
Punch Petit Coronas
H. Upmann Kings Cello
Rafael Gonzalez Petit Coronas
Por Larranaga Lolas en Cedro Cello
Juan Lopez Petit

Ring gauge 42 (129mm x 16,67mm)

Partagas Parisianos
Partagas Petit Partagas Cello
Punch Exquisitos Cello
Hoyo de Monterrey Exquisitos Cello
Fonseca Cosacas

Ring gauge 40 (129mm x 15,87mm)

Fonseca Delicias
Quintero Londres Extra

Ring gauge 40 (123mm x 15,87mm)

San Cristobal de La Habana El Principe

Ring gauge 42 (110mm x 16,67mm)

Cohiba Linea 1492 Siglo I
Montecristo No. 5

Ring gauge 40 (102mm x 15,87mm)

Trinidad Fundadores

Ring gauge 38 (192mm x 15,08mm)

Cohiba Lanceros
Montecristo Especiales
Partagas Serie du Connoisseur No. 1
Rey del Mundo Grandes de Espana
Vegueros Especiales No.1

Ring gauge 40 (192 x 15,87mm)

Punch Ninfas

Ring gauge 33 (178mm x 13,10mm)

Cohiba Coronas Especiales
Montecristo Especial No. 2
Vegueros Especiales No. 2

Ring gauge 38 (152mm x 15,08mm)

La Flor de Cano Preferidos
Quintero Panetelas

Ring gauge 37 (127mm x 14,29mm)

Partagas Belvederes
Bolivar Belvederes

Ring gauge 39 (125mm x 15,48mm)

Cohiba Exquisitos
Vegueros Seoanes

Ring gauge 36 (125mm x 14,29mm)

Punch Petit Coronation
Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Coronation

Ring gauge 40 (116mm x 15,87mm)

Cohiba Panetelas
Montecristo Joyitas

Ring gauge 26 (115mm x 10,32mm)

H. Upmann Petit Upmann
Fonseca KDT Cadete

Ring gauge 36 (115mm x 14,29mm)

Partagas Chicos
Bolivar Chicos
Quintero Puritos

Ring gauge 29 (106mm x 11,51mm)

ENTREACTO (Demi Tasse)
Romeo y Julieta Petit Julietas
Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Maire
Bolivar Demi Tasse

Ring gauge 30 (100mm x 11,91mm)

Romeo y Julieta Celestiales Finos

Ring gauge 46 (137mm x 18,26mm)

Bolivar Coronas Extra

Ring gauge 44 (143mm x 17,46mm)

San Cristobal de La Habana La Fuerza

Ring gauge 50 (141mm x 19,84mm)

San Cristobal de La Habana El Morro

Ring gauge 49 (180mm x 19,45mm)

Romeo Regalias de Londres Cello
Partagas Coronas Junior
H. Upmann Aromaticos Cello
H. Upmann Singulares

Ring gauge 40 (117mm x 15,87mm

La Flor de Cano Selectos

Ring gauge 41 (150mm x 16,27mm)

Fonseca No. 1
Romeo y Julieta Cazadores
Jose L. Piedra Cazadores

Ring gauge 44 (162mm x 17,46mm)

Partagas Toppers

Ring gauge 39 (160mm x 15,48mm)

Hoyo de Monterrey Hoyo du Depute

Ring gauge 38 (110mm x 15,08mm)

Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Prince

Ring gauge 40 (130mm x 15,87mm)

Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No. 1

Ring gauge 36 (185mm x 14,29mm)

Partagas Serie du Connoisseur No. 3

Ring gauge 35 (143mm x 13,89mm)

Partagas Serie du Connoisseur No. 2

Ring gauge 38 (166mm x 15,08mm)

Partagas Petit Bouquet Cello

Ring gauge 37 (98mm x 14,68mm)

Romeo y Julieta Panetelas
Romeo y Julieta Sport

Ring gauge 35 (117mm x 13,89mm)

Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de Gourmet

Ring gauge 33 (170mm x 13,10mm)

Por Larranaga Montecarlos Cello

Ring gauge 35 (159mm x 13,89mm)

Partagas Panetelas Cello

Ring gauge 35 (127mm x 13,89mm)

H. Upmann Preciosas

Ring gauge 32 (100mm x 12,70mm)

Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No. 3
Rey del Mundo Elegantes

Ring gauge 28 (175mm x 11,11mm)

H. Upmann Epicure

Ring gauge 35 (110mm x 13,89mm)

Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No. 4

Ring gauge 32 (157mm x 12,70mm)