The old Partagás cigar factory in Havana.
Cuban cigar sizes are called vitolas, and each cigar has two: the vitola de salida, the market name found on a cigar box that just about every cigar smoker is familiar with, and the vitola de galera, the somewhat obscure counterpart used in cigar factories.
Most of the factory names are quite unlike their market names. Here’s a look:
Cuban Cigar Factory Names
|Market Name||Dimensions||Factory Name|
|Tres Petit Corona||4 inches by 40 ring gauge||Perla|
|Panetela||4 1/2 by 26||Laguito No. 3|
|Petit Corona||5 1/8 by 42||Mareva|
|Lonsdale||6 1/2 by 42||Cervantes|
|8-9-8||6 3/4 by 43||Dalia|
|Tropicales||6 7/8 by 54||Flautas|
|Churchill||7 by 47||Julieta No. 2|
|Lancero||7 1/2 by 38||Laguito No. 1|
|Double Corona||7 5/8 by 49||Prominente|
|Casildas||7 1/4 by 53||Sobresalientes No. 2|
A few cigars, such as robustos and coronas, have identical factory and market names.