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Written by James Payne

Monday, 26 January 2009

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torpedointro  In previous series, we covered some of the standard types of cigars, such as the Corona and the Churchill. We looked at some different shapes of cigars, like the pyramid and the torpedo. In this article, we will take a peek inside some of the truly unique types of cigars. Some of these might not seem so out of the ordinary - stogies and cigarillos I am sure you are all familiar with. But we will also take a look at flavored cigars, which come in so many flavors Baskin and Robbins is sure to feel threatened.

 

Even though these cigars can seem like they belong in a freakshow - and therefore are unfit for the true cigar smoker’s lips, a good number of them truly are premium, hand rolled cigars, using fine tobacco leaf and can not only be pleasing, but a nice break from the same old routine. They are also a good way to get a new smoker to light up. After all, part of smoking is the camaraderie. So pick up a pack of the bizarre, and get your friends involved!

Cigarillos

You may have seen many a mean hombre, cowboy hat titled low over his eyes, a small, mean looking cheroot hanging limply from his lip. The cheroot wasn’t pretty, but then, in the old west, not much was. Rising from the ashes of the old west, today the Cigarillo, the cousin of the cheroot, has gained ground and once more become a popular smoking alternative. There are many good reasons for this, which we will get into in just a moment. Before we do however, let’s talk a little about how this little fellow is made.

Your standard cigarillo is barely larger than a cigarette, featuring a ring gauge that starts at about 20 and goes up to maybe 28, mostly less. It is machine made, and is considered to be pretty tame when it comes to smell, the amount of smoke it emits, and strength. They are typically wrapped in tobacco leaf and sport a small amount of filler (remember the ring gauge)

 

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You can’t expect to get the same experience out of a Cigarillo as you do from a cigar; there’s a reason they named it “little cigar” after all. But they do have benefits that make them worth a look. First, they are short smokes. You can expect them to last no longer than fifteen minutes or so, probably more like ten minutes. They are pretty mild, and as such, are a good place for a beginner to start smoking. Also, because of their small smoke output and non-offensive smell, you can usually smoke them in the same places where you could smoke a cigar.

Cigarillos are normally sold in a tin, but you can find them sold as singles. I would say to go ahead and splurge on the tin, as they are pretty cheap. Besides, Cigarillos are cured in such a way that they do not really require any humidification, and tend to last for a while. Keeping a tin on hand can be a good solution when you are out and about and might want to grab a quick smoke, and do not have the time for a real cigar.

I would not worry so much about trying to look and gauge the quality of a Cigarillo; that isn’t the point. They will not have a shiny wrapper, and the color won’t mean as much as with a real cigar. If you really want the real cigar experience, but don’t have a lot of time, then perhaps a shortie is the option for you.

 






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0 # James Payne 2009-01-28 09:14
In this episode I discuss alternative cigars, coming in different shapes and tastes. Do you have a type I haven't covered? Have one you cannot stand or one you can't get enough of? Drop us a line and let us know!

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