So, why are we dealing with big ring gauge cigars?
The simple answer? It’s a trend! Folks are interested in them and tend to buy them, so manufacturers are making them. It’s a cycle that feeds itself. Never mind the fact that these things jam normal cutters and won’t fit in a damn ashtray.
This of course, still begs the question: why is it a trend?
Well, many in the cigar world have weighed in over the past few years to offer their thoughts. Here are two points that seem to be repeated fairly often:
1. Taste. Larger ring gauges offer manufacturers a chance to include a bigger, more versatile blend of tobaccos. Thus, smokers get a lot more complex flavor out of fat cigars. Bigger tastes better, essentially.
2. Burn. Big ring gauges offer a slower burn and burn cooler. For smokers with a heavy draw, they help avoid some of the harshness that can result from sucking on a cigar like a top-of-the-line Hoover on its highest setting.
Smoking a cigar can be a very macho thing to do, and when it comes to macho, there’s no such thing as too long or too thick. In fact, cigar selection can tell us a lot about what would happen if men were allowed to select their own, um, “bedroom equipment.” (I think we can all be thankful that the Good Lord didn’t give them that ability, but ladies should probably also be campaigning actively to prevent medical science from ever pioneering a solution, there.)
Remember, this is probably the same audience that demanded that Hummer sell the public a street-legal version of their military transport vehicle after seeing the Governator rolling down an L.A. sidewalk, sending pedestrians scrambling for safety. We can be sure that there are few limits on the biggest cigar they’ll buy.
Which reminds us, we need to invent and start selling tripod cigar holders to keep up with the inevitable 1-foot and larger sticks that people will no doubt be clamoring for in the coming years. What a world!What's the Big Deal with Big Ring Gauge Cigars? by David Sabot