Whether you’re new to the smoking scene or just don’t have the time for a full cigar, you’re in luck. Cigarillos, or small cigars, are very mild and normally take just five to 15 minutes to smoke. Although they’re only three or four inches long, these miniature cigars produce satisfying flavors with each draw. In this blog post, we’ll tell you more about cigarillos, along with five of the best cigarillos for beginners and aficionados alike.
In many Spanish-speaking countries, “cigarillo” refers to a regular cigarette, but for the purpose of this post (and in most English-speaking areas), a cigarillo is simply a short, narrow cigar. It usually has a tobacco leaf wrap, along with tobacco from Brazil, Cuba, or the Dominican Republic. Cigar manufacturers often make cigarillos without filters, and the small cigars are meant to be smoked, not inhaled. This “seven-minute cigar” is perfect for your lunch break or meeting with a client: anytime when you want a short yet satisfying smoke.
Cigarillos are much milder than cigars, and they’re a flavorful alternative to cigarettes. If you’re not quite ready to tackle a full-sized cigar or you simply want to taste more than smoke, a cigarillo might be just right for you. Below are five cigarillos that anyone can feel comfortable smoking.
This cigarillo comes from the Netherlands and is very popular in Europe. Made by Agio Cigars, Blues have a short, high-quality filler and a Connecticut wrapper. When you first pick up this cigarillo, you’ll catch an earthy aroma; as you smoke it, you’ll taste creamy, spicy, and even nutty flavors. With a smooth draw and mellow taste, this is an excellent cigarillo for both first-timers and professionals. You can even smoke a Panter Blue in just five minutes–perfect with after-dinner drinks or dessert.
New York’s Nat Sherman is one of America’s oldest, most successful cigar makers, and the Point Fives Maduro proves itself to be another success. The Point Fives Maduro has a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper and a short filler, with tobacco from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. You’ll taste hints of coffee cream in this full-bodied cigarillo, making this cigarillo sweet enough to complement a savory sandwich or cheese plate. You can smoke the Nat’s Selection Point Fives Maduro in about 25 minutes; it takes longer to finish than other cigarillos, but it’s so sweet that you won’t want it to end.
This cigarillo comes from Manuel Quesada, a renowned manufacturer in the Dominican Republic. Quesada Petites are unbanded and medium bodied with a long Dominican filler and an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. With a creamy, smooth draw, the cigarillo deliver a spicy-sweet taste with hints of nuts, coffee, almonds, and pepper. You can smoke a Quesada Petite in 15 minutes, making it an exquisite after-dinner treat on its own or with drinks.
These Dominican cigarillos are aged five years before they go on the market–and they’re worth the wait. The Esquire Maduro has excellent construction and color, with a long Dominican filler and Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. As a mild yet rich cigarillo, the Esquire Maduro will leave you satisfied with its flavors of butter, wood, molasses, and spice. You can smoke the Ashton Esquire Maduro in 15 minutes or less, making it great cigarillo to pair with lunch or a drink.
BLEND is a big fan of Davidoff cigars, and Davidoff cigarillos are just as praiseworthy. The Demi-Tasse has the famous Davidoff construction and balance we know and love; the cigarillo is small, yet refined. Even the inner workings of the Demi-Tasse are complex, with Indonesian, Brazilian and Caribbean tobaccos. It has an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, with hints of sweet vanilla from start to finish. You can smoke the Davidoff Demi-Tasse in just 10 minutes, and it’s mild enough to enjoy with your morning coffee or light evening appetizers.
As you can see, there are plenty of options when it come to high-quality cigarillos. Try one (or all) of these five small cigars, and you’re sure to find one you especially enjoy. We understand that our wide selection of cigars can be overwhelming at first; that’s why cigarillos are a fantastic choice for novice smokers. Here at BLEND, we keep our humidor well stocked with a wide variety of cigarillos so you can enjoy a smoke while relaxing with your family, friends, or colleagues. We hope to see you soon.
BLEND Bar • Cigar with Davidoff Cigars® is Indianapolis and Nashville’s premier cocktail lounge and cigar bar. BLEND’s selection of premium cigars is second to none, and our walk-in humidor is one of the largest in the US. BLEND is the only appointed merchant for Davidoff cigars in Indiana, so cigar aficionados are sure to find what they are looking for.