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What's a Mareva?

A business associate recently gave me a cigar. He called it a mareva, but I've never heard of that size. What is it?
Posted: July 29, 2013

That's a Cuban factory term for a petit corona.

Cuban cigar sizes are called vitolas, and each cigar has two: the vitola de salida, the market name found on a cigar box that just about every cigar smoker is familiar with, and the vitola de galera, the somewhat obscure counterpart used in cigar factories.

Most of the factory names are quite unlike their market names. Here's a look:

Market Name Dimensions Factory Name
Tres Petit Corona 4 inches by 40 ring gauge Perla
Panetela 4 1/2 by 26 Laguito No. 3
Petit Corona 5 1/8 by 42 Mareva
Lonsdale 6 1/2 by 42 Cervantes
8-9-8 6 3/4 by 43 Dalia
Churchill 7 by 47 Julieta No. 2
Lancero 7 1/2 by 38 Laguito No. 1
Double Corona 7 5/8 by 49 Prominente

A few cigars, such as robustos and coronas, have identical factory and market names.

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