|SIZES AND SHAPES
Cigars are commonly categorized by the size and shape of the cigar, which together are known as the vitola.
The size of a cigar is measured by two dimensions: its ring gauge (its diameter in sixty-fourths of an inch) and its length (in
The most common shape is the parejo, sometimes referred to as simply "coronas", which have traditionally been the benchmark
against which all other cigar formats are measured. They have a cylindrical body, straight sides, one end open, and a round
tobacco-leaf "cap" on the other end which must be sliced off, have a V-shaped notch made in it with a special cutter, or punched
through before smoking.
Irregularly shaped cigars are known as figurados and are sometimes considered of higher quality because they are more
difficult to make.
Historically, especially during the 19th century, figurados were the most popular shapes; however, by the 1930s they had
fallen out of fashion and all but disappeared. They have, however, recently received a small resurgence in popularity, and
there are currently many brands (manufacturers) that produce figurados alongside the simpler parejos. The Cuban cigar
brand Cuaba only has figurados in their range.