What is a Parejo cigar?
A Parejo cigar is a cigar with the typical shape associated to cigars: even body, straight sides, rounded top and a flat bottom. Parejo is the most common shape of cigars in the world. All other shaped cigars are called Figurados. The word parejo means even, equal, or leveled in Spanish.
Parejo Refers to the Cigar’s Shape
Parejo refers only to the shape of the cigar, not its length or thickness.
For example, a Xurvivor Robusto Clasico is a Parejo cigar that is 5 inches long and a 52 ring gauge. On the other hand, a Padron 1926 Series No. 1 is also a Parejo cigar (has the same traditional shape with a rounded top and flat bottom), but it’s 6.75 inches long and 54 ring gauge.
A cigar’s length is measured in inches, and thickness by its ring gauge. The length and ring gauge can vary slightly depending on brands and manufacturers.
Most Parejo cigars have a cylindrical (rounded) body; however, that is not always the case.
A Parejo cigar can be pressed to different shapes. For instance, a cigar can be box-pressed. Box-pressing makes cigars squarer, which was originally done in order to pack more cigars in boxes with a tighter fit.
Parejo cigars can also have some other minor aesthetical modifications like pigtails (small curly finish in the cap of the cigar that resembles a small pig’s tail).
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