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2019 CA Report: Top Ten Cigarillo & Small Cigar Tins
Cigarillos – whether you call them little cigars, demi-tasse, café cigars, or tin cigars, these baby brothers of big cigars run about the size of most cigarettes, and are just about as popular. Yet, when it comes to cigarillos vs. cigarettes, cigarillos have it in selection, flavor, and aroma.
So, what are cigarillos made of? Depending on the brand, many of them are made with the same fillers and wrappers as the standard cigar shapes in the line. Tin cigars are ideal for when you don’t have time to smoke one of your favorite cigars in a larger format. Moreover, their compact packaging makes them very convenient.
Presented here are 10 of the best tin cigars on the market. Most of them are blended like traditional cigars, while others are flavored cigarillos. If you’re not already a tinficionado, get ready to make some new discoveries.
The Taste, Care, and Feeding of Tin Cigars
When it comes to how to smoke a cigarillo, it’s not much different than smoking a standard-sized cigar. But don’t expect a little cigar to taste exactly like a big cigar. The blend may be identical, but its flavor profile will have slightly different properties.
Many tin cigars, including most of the tins featured in this report, have closed caps, so you’ll need a cigar cutter. Toasting the foot isn’t usually necessary either, but inhaling should be avoided.
As to how to store cigarillos, some tins, like the demi-tasse cigars made by Panter, are dry-cured and require no humidification. The bigger handmade cigarillos, including those with closed caps, like Arturo Fuente Cubanitos, do require humidification, and some manufacturers now even include Boveda humidity packs in their tins.
ACID Krush Classic Blue Connecticut
Size: 4″ x 32
Wrapper: Connecticut (Sweet-tipped)
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua
The alluring herbal and botanical essences for which ACID Cigars are renowned are crammed into these handcrafted little cigars with a half-inch diameter. An all-Nicaraguan leaf core is draped in a silky Connecticut wrapper that adds extra smoothness and natural sweetness to the mix. While you’re relishing ACID Krush Classic Blue’s ambrosial aromas, the smoke reveals natural tobacco flavors that linger on the palate. To put it another way, when you can’t get enough of that big ACID stuff, these sweet lil’ thangs crush it.
Arturo Fuente Cubanitos
Size: 4¼” x 32
Binder & Filler: Dominican Republic
When it comes to quality and value, nobody does it better than Arturo Fuente Cigars. The rich-tasting Dominican-grown tobaccos and succulent African Cameroon wrappers used on their big, boxed cigars can also be found on these handmade Cubanitos. The Fuente family sells tons of these tins, which is no surprise since they offer, as one satisfied customer wrote, “a small cigar with large cigar flavor.” Well-balanced notes of sweet tobacco and cedar dominate for a short smoke that’s virtually peerless on every count.
Cohiba Black Pequeños
Size: 4 3/16″ x 36
Wrapper & Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano aged 3 years in palm bark tercios
Of all the Cohiba cigars made for the U.S. market, the Cohiba Black offers the sweetest flavor profile. Rolled to just over four inches with a 36 ring, these dark little beauties are practically Petite Coronas, which is another reason they crank-out so much flavor. The smoke is ultra-smooth, perfectly balanced, and teeming with notes of cedar, sweet spice, and a splash of cafecíto. Better yet—if you find the price of the large Cohiba Black cigars a bit much, the Pequeños will get you there at a very reasonable cost.
Macanudo Café Ascot
Size: 4 3/16″ x 32
Wrapper: U.S. Connecticut Shade
Filler: Dominican Republic
Macanudo Ascots have been pleasing cigar lovers in an affordably-priced short smoke for decades. Nothing has been omitted or overlooked in terms of quality or the inimitable flavor of Macanudo Café cigars. The smoke is well-balanced, mellow, and cedary while revealing the evocative aroma from their triple-fermented, U.S. Connecticut-grown wrappers. Macanudo Ascots also make great companions for accompanying your morning or afternoon coffee break. And because they’re smaller in size, you may even find the Ascots a little richer in flavor, too.
Montecristo White Casino
Size: 4″ x 33
Wrapper: Connecticut (Ecuador)
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Handmade with a tobacco blend that’s more refined than the main line Montecristo cigars, Montecristo Casinos are pretty much on-par with their big brothers in flavor, complexity, and the Ecuador Connecticut wrappers are super silky. A rich, creamy, and aromatic smoke reveals flavors of earth, sweet cedar, and roasted nuts. Casino may not offer all of the subtle nuances found in the standard Montecristo White cigar shapes, but when you’re in the mood for a short, smooth, medium-bodied smoke these distinguished little cigars will get you there.
Moontrance by CAO Flavours
Size: 4″ x 30
Wrapper: African Cameroon
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua
When CAO flavours debuted in 2003, Moontrance jumped to the front of the line. This well-made Nicaraguan core blend rolled in African Cameroon wrappers is infused with 100% all-natural extracts of Georgia peach nectar, bourbon vanilla, and Hawaiian honey for a smooth, mellow smoke that rivals the ACID Krush Classic above for aromatic dominance. Plus, Moontrance’s fragrance is so unique, you’ll commit it to memory. So, if you’re looking for something a little more exotic, Moontrance eclipses many of the other flavored cigarillos with a taste and aroma that’s out of this world.
Size: 3″ x 21
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
Filler: Various imported tobaccos
These European demi-tasse cigars have been an international sensation since the 1930s. At 3-inches by 21-ring, and open at both ends, Panter Blue are machine-made and rolled in Ecuador-grown Connecticut wrappers. They’re best enjoyed with an espresso or cafecíto, but are just as satisfying with good ol’ American donut shop perk. The smoke is mellow revealing a balanced mix of sweetness, spice, and cedar. Cedar also dominates the retrohale. Cigarillo smokers familiar with Davidoff Mini Cigarillos will find the taste of Panter Blue in the ballpark and much more economical.
Size: 3″ x 22
Wrapper: Sumatra (Ecuador)
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic
Want a little more gusto from your short smoke? Enter Punch Miniatures – little cigars with a big cigar taste – and more. They have a four-nation blend which provides more character than your average demi-tasse. The smoke reveals notes of earth, nuts, and sweet cedar while the Ecuadorian Sumatra wrappers add just the right amount of spice to the mix. Great for your drive to and from work, coffee breaks, while your grillin’ steaks, and more. It’s hard to believe that such a small cigar has so much flavor, but then, that’s Punch for ya’.
Romeo y Julieta Montague Cigarillos
Size: 4″ x 33
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca
Binder: Dominican Olor
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Brazil
Exclusive to Famous Smoke Shop, Romeo y Julieta House of Montague cigars have become evergreen bestsellers for their rich, medium-bodied flavor at a very reasonable price. Using a four-nation blend rolled in naturally-sweet Brazilian Arapiraca wrappers, Montague Cigarillos issue notes of earth, cedar, espresso, and sweet spice for a smooth, well-balanced, premium cigar experience when time is at a premium. And less we forget about sweet Juliet – these savory cigarillos are also a favorite among women cigar smokers.
Zino Platinum Scepter XS
Size: 4″ x 30
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade (Ecuador, aged 2 years)
Filler: Dominican Republic
Another class act from Davidoff Cigars that’s a cut above many of the other demi-tasse cigarillos on the market. Using long-aged tobaccos, Zino Platinum Scepter XS provides one of the most refined smokes ever rolled to a 30-ring. Sure, they’re a little more upmarket in price, but each puff reinforces the highest quality standards that go into making them. The smoke is ultra-smooth, issuing caramelized flavors of cedar, cashews, and sweet spice, magnified by an aroma to die for. Think of it as 15 minutes in heaven.
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