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Largest Ring Gauge Cigars

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Shane K.

If you’re curious about the largest ring gauge cigars, you’re not alone. There are dozens of cigar shapes and sizes to smoke today. Cigar size is measured in length and ring gauge, and cigar ring gauges continue to grow exponentially as cigar-makers meet consumer demand for infinitely fatter cigars. Cigar length is measure in inches, and ring gauge is measured in 64ths of an inch, the same way your finger is fitted for wedding ring. A traditional Robusto is 5 by 50, or five inches long with a ring gauge that is 50/64ths of an inch.

The largest ring gauge cigar we sell at Holt’s, the Argyle A-Bomb, is 9 by 95, or roughly 30% thicker than an inch. We’ll introduce it below. Ring size affects a cigar’s shape, and overly fat cigars draw the ire of premium cigar-makers who find them comical. One of the main differences between thin versus thick cigars is the flavor you taste from the wrapper leaf, which is diluted in a big ring cigar. Big ring cigars create a lot of smoke while you’re puffing on them, as you might expect. Sure, there are 100 ring gauge cigars, even 140 ring gauge cigars, that you can buy. Most of the best fat cigars max out around a 60 ring gauge, but here are seven cigars that tip the scales even further when you want the feel of an F150 tailpipe in your mouth.

1. Argyle A-Bomb (9 x 95)

Argyle A-Bomb routinely shows up in our weekly Cigar Mugs Contest submissions because customers can’t help but snap selfies with this gargantuan specimen. It’s not quite the size of a baseball bat, but you can actually smoke it, and it actually tastes good. A gingerbread-hued wrapper leaf hugs a balanced blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers in a cigar that you could smoke for about five hours. It’s so big, it comes in a box of one cigar. You’ll encounter notes of leather, almond, and wood with hints of dried fruit and spices on the journey. And, A-Bomb is rolled in an impressive Figurado that gradually tapers in a format you can easily fit in your mouth despite the cigar’s 95 ring gauge at its thickest point. Argyle cigars deliver unparalleled value, even in the biggest size.

Strength: Medium
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Corojo

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2. San Cristobal Revelation Leviathan (6.5 x 64)

San Cristobal Revelation delivers a versatile profile of cedar, cocoa, and smoked almond, and it comes in a herculean size, appropriately called the Leviathan. A milk-chocolate-hued Ecuador Sumatra wrapper conceals a vintage blend of premium Nicaraguan long fillers. San Cristobal cigars are blended by award-winning father-and-son cigar-makers Pepin and Jaime Garcia in Estelí, Nicaragua. The critics in Cigar Aficionado rated Revelation an impressive 92 points. Satisfy your appetite for thickness with a top-rated bestseller.  

Strength: Medium
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador Sumatra

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3. Rocky Patel Mulligans Snowman (6 x 80)

When Rocky Patel created his golf-themed Mulligans franchise as a proving ground for the prolific number of cigars he blends, he couldn’t have predicted how popular it would become, or that it would be home to the fattest Rocky Patel cigar ever rolled – the Snowman. This 80 ring gauge gem isn’t easy to get your lips around, but once you stretch them over it, a peppery profile of figs, coffee with cream, and leather boasts complex flavor and aroma. A hearty Ecuador Habano wrapper is stretched over an extra-chunky interior of Dominican long-fillers from head to toe.

Strength: Medium-Full
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano

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4. San Cristobal Coloso (6.75 x 62)

The original, 93-rated San Cristobal blend is potent and peppery, and the brand appears twice on our list of the largest ring gauge cigars because master cigar-maker Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia excels at blending rich Nicaraguan tobaccos in bursting formats like the Coloso. Notes of dark chocolate, pepper, and espresso weave in and out with hints of black cherry before a smoky finish of walnuts and spices graces the palate. Smoke it slow, and savor the oily Cuban-seed Oscuro wrapper that encapsulates Pepin’s finest long-fillers in strong but balanced big-ring cigar.

Strength: Full
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Oscuro

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5. Perdomo Inmenso Seventy Maduro 770 (7 x 70)

Perdomo brand founder Nick Perdomo didn’t invent big ring cigars, but he pioneered their popularity more than twenty years ago with a 70 ring gauge cigar called the Inmenso. At the time, the cigars were a novelty for consumers who wanted to smoke outrageously fat cigars to get a reaction from onlookers. Today, there are cigar smokers who take 70 rings seriously. Perdomo recently revived the line in two blends: Inmenso Seventy Maduro and Inmenso Seventy Sun Grown. The Maduro is beefy but sweet with notes of dark chocolate and molasses, while the Sun Grown reveals notes of cedar and earth with a spicier finish. Each blend comes in a 5-inch, 6-inch, or 7-inch length.

Strength: Medium-Full
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaraguan

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6. Asylum 13 880 (8 x 80)

Asylum cigars have been chewing up shelf space for the past ten years thanks to their imposing, impossible-to-miss dimensions. Asylum 13 in a decant 8 by 80 shape, called the 880, is a fitting representation of this exclusively large line of smokes. An oily Nicaraguan wrapper leaf hugs a chunky interior of premium Nicaraguan long-fillers. Every draw is loaded with toasty notes of cocoa, bread, and pepper before a leathery finish layers the palate. One box, with 21 cigars inside, is enough to take up all the space in your coolerdor.

Strength: Medium-Full
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaraguan

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7. Alec Bradley Texas Lancero (7 x 70)

Fans of the Alec Bradley Texas Lancero can appreciate sarcasm, as traditional Lanceros max out around a 38 ring gauge, but, of course, everything in the Lone Star state is little larger. This plump premium is stuffed with a complex blend of long-fillers from Nicaragua, Honduras, Indonesia, and Costa Rica before a reddish-brown Nicaraguan wrapper finishes the recipe. Notes of cayenne pepper, leather, wood, and earth punctuate a cigar that will take at least a couple of hours to put away.

Strength: Medium
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaraguan

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How to Smoke Large Ring Cigars

When you’re ready to smoke cigars that are fat enough to star in a freak show, follow our tips on how to cut a big ring cigar – if you haven’t got an axe in your man cave. We’ll guide you on how to light a big ring cigar too. Invest in a big ring cigar cutter and a fire extinguisher first.

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