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December Cigar Aficionado Features First-Ever Six by 60 Tasting

Walk into any humidor in America and it seems cigar manufacturers have agreed on one thing concerning a cigar's ring gauge: go big or go home.

Whereas a 50-ring gauge cigar was considered hefty during the boom of the 1990s, in the last few years, almost every brand has added a 60-ring-gauge smoke to its portfolio. Whether you call them gigantes, corona gordas, gordos or just fat cigars, the 60-ring smoke is not just an industry fad, but the norm.

And so, for the first time ever, Cigar Aficionado has conducted a special 6 by 60 tasting, the results of which can be read in our December issue that features golfer Ernie Els on the cover and is on newsstands now.

"Probably my favorite smoke currently is a LFD Double Ligero in 6 1/2 x 60, and I do love me some Nub Maduro 460s, and Ave Maria Ark of the Covenant (4 1/2 x 60), so yeah, I guess I like them." —November 7, 2012 21:40 PM
"I always keep some 60's in my humidor. To me they smoke cooler and are great when you have an hour or so to just enjoy a nice cigar. " —November 7, 2012 21:24 PM
"I prefer maduro cigars that are 4-6 inches X 60 ring gauge. Nothing beats em!!! " —November 7, 2012 19:34 PM
"I love this cigar! I generally shy away from big ring gauged cigars, but this cigar reminds me of the La Gloria Cubana Series R used to be before they ruined it!" —November 7, 2012 17:45 PM
"I enjoy the corona grande. In some cigars, the additional tobacco used makes them more flavorful and the increase in size allows for great draw and tons of smoke. One of my favorites is a 1959 Miami Medina by Cuban Crafters in a 6.5X 64 vitola...smooooth and flavorful! A delightful smoke." —November 7, 2012 16:54 PM
"Not sure if that will "stick" Float Dub....." —November 7, 2012 16:07 PM
"I call them "dick sticks."" —November 7, 2012 12:23 PM