You may have noticed that some fine cigars have a square shape to them. These are called box pressed cigars and the difference between these and round cigars is one of the first things new cigar fans learn about.
Many years ago, Cuban exporters needed to get a lot of cigars into a small space. They started packing cigars together very tightly. This allowed them to get more cigars in each box, of course, but it also altered the shape of the cigars. As they were kept in the boxes, they gradually took on a square shape. Though it was the result of packing, this shape became very popular with smokers and some companies replicate this shape on purpose. Some cigars are deliberately squared today, showing how important the shape is to some smokers.
Generally, box pressed cigars will burn a bit longer and taste stronger than round cigars. The smell is also a bit stronger with these stogies.
Round cigars, however, remain the most common choice among smokers. Some smokers don’t like the way the square shape feels in their mouth or in their hands. The round cigars are preferred by some smokers simply because of the taste. If you’re new to cigar smoking, you might want to try both types to see which appeals to you more. You can purchase individual cigars instead of a whole box so that you don’t overbuy the type you prefer less.
Sometimes, you might find that a box pressed cigar stored in a humidor takes on a more rounded shape. If you like the taste of a box pressed cigar but don’t care for the feel of the square shape, you can try to restore the round shape by storing it in your humidity controlled environment. This may take a long time, however, and it won’t always work.
There are some notable brands of box pressed cigars that are very popular. They include Apria, Padron, Panza Anniversary and Aspira. One thing to watch out for is round cigars that are box pressed to make them look like more expensive stogies. If you like rounded cigars, you have plenty of options available to you. They include Camacho Corojo, CAO Gold and Romeo Y Julieta. One way to discover your preference is to try a selection of these fine cigars and to see which ones appeal to you the most.Box Pressed Cigars vs. Round Cigars by David Sabot