Cigars 101

Smaller cigars make for warm company

For the purposes of this article, I want to focus on small cigars, like Petite Coronas, rather than the little, cigarette-sized café cigars. I’ve never been much of an advocate for those. If you’re going to smoke a cigar, even if it’s under sub-temperate conditions, at least smoke something with some meat on it. What follows are cigars that will give you a good 20 minutes (more or less) of enjoyment, which is just about enough time to get a satisfying smoke before the elements force you back into the house.

The Rocky Patel Juniors (4 x 38) referred to above would certainly be on my list. The quality is par-excellence and they come in three wrapper choices. Thing is, these “Rockitos” are so popular all year round, they’re often out of stock.

Also on my good winter cigars list are the Plasencia Reserva Organica Nesticos (4 3/16 x 36). Available in a box of 25, or a bundle of 20 (4 1/2 x 36),  they have a pure and natural flavor that’s perfect for enjoying after a downy blanket of fresh snow has fallen.

The Gran Habano No.5 Corojo Lunch Break (4 1/2 x 40) is a good full-flavored cigar that pairs up nicely with a flask of your favorite whiskey. Presented in a box of 40 cigars, these really deliver on flavor, and because you’re getting more wrapper leaf from the smaller size, that rich Corojo taste really comes through.

The Famous Buenos Maduritos (4 x 42) are perfect if you want a short, semi-sweet smoke. Made by Plasencia, these un-banded little numbers have a full-bodied, all Nicaraguan blend rolled in mouthwatering Maduro leaves. Another very popular year-round cigar, too.

They’re a little thicker, but the Maxx Nano cigars (4 x 46) were created specifically for those who want a complex, full-flavored smoke in a “petite” shape. If you like the regular Maxx cigars, the Nano hasn’t fallen far from the tree.

The Padron Corticos Maduro (4 1/2 x 35) have been one of my “go to” winter smokes for years. Presented in tins of six, they’re one of the few small cigars that taste every bit as good as the regular sized Padrons offering the earthy coffee and cocoa bean essences and a semi-sweet finish that have made Padron cigars a universal favorite. But they’re also hard to keep in stock.

Looking for a good small flavored cigar? The CAO flavours selections offer a variety of delectable flavors that can be savored in a relatively short amount of time. Take the  CAO Moontrance Petite Corona (4 x 38) for example. It’s infused with organic fruit extracts,  bourbon vanilla, Georgia peach nectar, and white honey. That’ll have you California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.

Finally, no winter smokes list would be complete without Arturo Fuente Cubanitos (4 1/4 x 32). Presented in tins of 10, these mild, yet surprisingly rich-tasting little Dominican cigars have been a staple among cigars smokers for years, which is why they’re also often hard to find in stock.

So, put on your Navy pea coat, fire-up the chiminea, or set up that folding chair in the garage, although I’ve touched on little more than a handful, there are plenty of great-tasting small cigars to get you through the winter months ahead. If you can help it, don’t smoke alone. Good conversation helps pass the time, keeps your mind off the cold, and a little extra body heat is always welcome.

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Gary Korb

Gary Korb

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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