There have been many different versions of a box-pressed cigar and this year has seen a couple notable additions. The first came in the form of the Quesada Salomon Press which has now been released in both the Q40 and Oktoberfest lines and the other came in the form of Alec Bradley’s Nica Puro Diamond Rough-Cut.
As the name implies, the shape of the cigar is made to mimic a diamond, or in more mathematical terms—a rhombus. Rather than having edges that would allow you to lie the cigar flat with the band sticking at some form of a 90 or 180 degree angle, one of the four angles is in the center of the band itself. In addition, the angles of the edges of the cigar are not equal, or even close to equal, meaning that turning the cigar to the side will not produce a normal mouth feel.