A Novelty Too Far: Why We Shouldn’t Embrace Massive Cigars in the UK

A Novelty Too Far: Why We Shouldn’t Embrace Massive Cigars in the UK
Date: November 2023
Author: Inspector X

Cigar enthusiasts are a discerning bunch, always on the lookout for new and exciting offerings from the world of tobacco. In recent years, a peculiar trend has emerged in the United States: the creation of ridiculously large cigar sizes. While some may find novelty in these mammoth smokes, it is with a sigh of relief that we hope these oversized wonders remain confined to the shores of America, as silly novelties rather than infiltrating the UK market.

One particular cigar that has caught attention is the AGANORSA Leaf’s JFR Lunatic Maduro, boasting an astounding 10 inches in length and an impressive 100 ring gauge. To put it into perspective, that’s over 1.5 inches in diameter at the foot! This gigantic smoke stands as a testament to the creativity and audacity of cigar manufacturers, pushing the boundaries of what can be rolled into a cigar.

AGANORSA Leaf plans to release this 10 x 100 behemoth in limited quantities, with an expected annual offering in the future. Priced at $39.99 per cigar, it is clear that there is a demand for these larger-than-life creations. Terence Reilly, the vice president of sales and marketing for AGANORSA Leaf, acknowledges the market’s fascination with these enormous cigars and believes that this trend is here to stay.

While some might argue that bigger is better, there is a certain charm in the traditional cigar sizes that have stood the test of time. The classic robusto, Churchill, and torpedo shapes offer a well-balanced smoking experience that allows the flavours of the tobacco to shine. These sizes have become iconic for a reason, providing a harmonious combination of flavours, complexity, and smoking time.

It is worth noting that this fascination with large cigars is not entirely new. In 2013, RoMa Craft Tobac introduced the CroMagnon Femur, measuring a staggering 10 x 133 1/3. Although such super-sized smokes are produced on a limited basis, they capture the imagination of enthusiasts and collectors alike. The allure of owning and smoking a cigar of such proportions has undeniable appeal, like owning a piece of cigar history.

In the UK, where the cigar culture is steeped in tradition and appreciation for the finer things in life, it is unlikely that these absurdly large cigars will find a receptive audience. The focus remains on the craftsmanship, complexity, and artistry of cigar making. Cigar lovers in the UK relish the nuances of flavours, the balance of strength and elegance, and the refined experience that comes with a well-crafted cigar.

So, let us celebrate the peculiar fascination that our American counterparts have with these colossal cigars. While they may spark curiosity and amusement, it is in the best interest of the UK market that we maintain our appreciation for the traditional sizes and shapes that have been the cornerstone of the cigar world for centuries. Let the US indulge in their oversized novelties, while we savor the timeless elegance of our beloved classics.

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