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FIGURADO GEOMETRY

Figurados with a tapered foot, such as Perfectos and Salomones, tend to have the most flavor changes as their ring gauge expands. In general, the smaller rg towards the foot pronounces the wrapper and binder flavors more, while the filler flavors begin to express themselves as the cigar is smoked and the rg expands. The shape of a Figurado will create a unique and specific flavor journey.

Figurado Geometry


WRAPPER GEOMETRY

Cigar Ring Gauge


THINNER CIGARS EXPRESS MORE FLAVOR FROM THE WRAPPER


Geometry is helpful when studying the composition of a cigar because it represents the wrapper, binder, and filler proportions. As consumers, we are always interested in the diameter (rg) of a cigar, but we rarely think of the circumference (wrapper + binder) and area (filler) implications. A 32rg cigar has a diameter of 1/2", while the circumference (distance around) of that cigar/circle is 1.57": this means that it takes approximately 1.57" of both wrapper and binder to cover the cigar. The same 32rg cigar has an area of .1963", representing the foot/filler tobaccos. When you double the rg of the cigar, extraordinary changes occur. A 64rg cigar has a 1" diameter and a circumference of 3.14": the diameter and circumference have simply doubled. More importantly, the area (foot/filler) of the cigar has increased from .1963 (32rg) to .7854 (64rg)—a fourfold increase.

This means that when the rg doubled, the filler quadrupled. So, doubling the rg quadruples the filler. If the filler proportions stay the same, you can infer that a thinner cigar will express more of the wrapper and binder flavor, making the filler flavors less pronounced.





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