I am the biggest!
If you pay attention to the cigar smokers in the old pictures, you are more likely to see that the cigars generally preferred have small ring thicknesses; like Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo Du Gourmet or Davidoff 3000 and so on. In fact, as mentioned in one of the interviews I read, among the vitolas offered by reputable and quality cigar brands, there were always cigars with long but low ring thickness.
Today, unlike the old times, cigars with ring thicknesses of 50 and above are very popular. Of course, however, nowadays time is also a problem, there is also a slight shortening of cigars. When we look at the latest vitolas released recently, we see the confirmation of this very clearly. Like Romeo y Julieta's Churchills of different sizes but over 50, Cohiba's Behikes starting from 52, even the "Petit" versions of the original and beloved vitolas now available in most brands, Monte Cristo Petit No.2 or Vegas Robaina Petit Unicos are good examples of this. When we say that even the word "Robusto" entered the dictionaries in 1989 with the production of Cohiba Robusto and started to be mentioned as a vitola name in factories, it would not be wrong to say how new the subject is actually.
Here again this year at the festival in Cuba, as if confirming once again the inevitable rise of vitolas with increasing ring thicknesses, a new cohiba vitola was introduced: Edicion Limitada 2014 Cohiba Robustos Supremos, which was put into production in limited edition. This vitola, which is the first Habanos cigar with 58 ring thickness, is 127mm (5inch) long. I haven't had the opportunity to taste it yet - of course I'm not sure if I can either - but it comes across as cedar, distinctive hazelnut and light pepper in the first place, followed by wood, caramel, and finally as a vitoustos with predominantly black pepper and slightly bitter flavors, Rob Supremos. I have not heard that the cigar, which was distributed to the participants at the Trinidad dinner during the festival, has yet to be commercialized. But nowadays, where thickness is still so popular, I can't think of a situation like this not happening.
However, my personal opinion is that instead of getting caught up in popular trends when choosing our cigar, we choose according to our style, our time and the taste we want to get. When appropriate, a Cohiba Panatela can double the satisfaction of a Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill. Enjoyable smoking ...