Small cigars have always had mixed reception with aficionados. When it comes to dropping money on nice sticks we tend to buy something that we will define as “worth it.” If Opus X’s came in 33 gauge mini cigars with a price point to match his bigger brothers many cigar aficionados would be weary of purchasing them in lieu of buying bigger ones so they last longer- even if they may enjoy them less.
So even if spending 10$ on a 20 minute smoke is too much for you to handle I am here to bring you a short selection of what I think are good small cigars that you can enjoy in the winter months without wincing- or during any other season for that matter!
But first, why small cigars?
- If well made they provide just as good taste and mouth feel as a full size cigar: even if you are sacrificing a longer smoke (which could be a positive).
- Sometimes you may crave a cigar, but sub zero temperatures outside put you off (2hrs in the Canadian winter is not fun). This resolves the problem.
- Smaller cigars usually have a tighter draw- and I for one prefer them. Your mileage may vary.
- They are usually cheaper that their big brothers. Handrolled CAO are 10$ for 5, thats $ 2 a stick! (38 gauge “small cigars” series)
- If you care about social perception then smaller cigars are often seen as less abrasive in public.
My list of small(‘ish) cigars
- Villiger Maduro
- Por Larranaga Petit Corona (age before smoking) Cuban
- Illusione Epernay Le Petit Single Cigar ($6 a stick but worth it)
- SCDLH El Principe
- Cohiba Secretos Maduros Cuban
- Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story Cigars
- Tatuaje Petit Cazadores Reserva
- R&J Short Churchill’s
- Tatuaje Verocu No. 5
- Padron Delicias Maduro
- Illusione #68 Bombone
- Partagas Black Label Prontos
- CAO Maduro Small Cigar
- CAO Brazilia Cariocas
- La Flor Dominicana Carajos Natural
- El Rey Del Mundo Cafe Noir
- Rocky Patel 1990 Juniors