This is a discussion on Thinner cigars? (ring size 30-48) within the Cigar Questions forums, part of the General Cigar Discussion category; I havent tried many lancero's but I really enjoy the Kristoff Lancero...
I'm a fan of the Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic, Acid's Blondie is good if you like the flavor. I've been meaning to try the Cohiba Pequenos tin, but I haven't yet, same with the Cohiba Black (I think). But for driving, my favorite cigar has always been the CAO Italia tin, 5 cigars for under $15, nearly full flavor, quicker to smoke, easy to hold on to while driving. I try and avoid anything long when driving just because I don't want to worry about it bumping into things and breaking. But, I am particularly fond of the La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Lancero Oscuro Panatela, though at just under $10 a pop you might want to sit and enjoy this one.
I like smaller RG's too. I prefer a 42 to 50-52ish though.
If you can afford them padron 1964 corona's are very good, Also While i havent tried it yet(i plan to order a box soon) the sancho panza double maduro cervantes, have gotten excelent reviews.
while just a tad bigger(RG of 50) the Oliva serie G robosto maduro is good as well. i found I like bigger RG's as long as there is a nice box press. Both the churchhill and robusto Oliva are 50, but to me feel smaller since there is a heavy box press on them.
the smaller ring and length cigars are always the ones i run out of the most.
I like Bolivar Cofraida Petites, Cao tins are pretty good Brasilia and Criollos, Punch Bolos and H Upmann Vintage mini's .
For special occasions and treats the Padron Aniversario 1964 in Principe size is quite good. The normal Padron in Londres size good.
The cuban corona has become my go to size replacing the robusto. I guess i puff slow because most robustos last me almost an hour and a half.
Then there are the smaller figurados which are pretty tasty like Oliva Serie O petit figurado, and one from the Dominican Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story.
The most incredible Cigar i have ever smoked in my life was a smaller ring gauge. An H Upmann petite Corona from you know where. If i had to skip eating for a whole day one day a week for a year and then had to pay 100 dollars for just one of those petites i would do it and be unconditionally grateful.
I guess the smaller gauge cigars are like fishing with extra light tackle. It requires control and finesse but the rewards of catching a bonefish or a a brook trout are just if not more rewarding than boating a 700lb marlin. At least for me.
The trick to enjoying ANY small RG cigar is to smoke it SLOWLY!!!!
For mini's, it's best to puff gently and less frequently.
A true lancero should take you as long to smoke as a Churchill.
As usual Don is right on the money here. People tend to think because it's a thinner RG they need to 'hoover' it in record time. I've had lanceros where it took me 2 hours to smoke and it was enjoyable which is not my normal sized cigar. Gently...exactly is the word for enjoying any size cigar..it smokes cooler and you get more from it as far as taste and enjoyment.
Even though I tend to lean toward the bigger RG, closer to 60 the better. I do like the smaller ones on occasion and the 2 of them I keep in my humi at all times are, Partagas Black Prontos 4.2 x 36, and the Punch Bolos 4.2 x 36. They both make excellent quick little smokes.
A lack of preparation on your part, does not constitute an emergency on my part.
This thread comes just in time for me. I was curious about these smaller cigars and bought some. I got a tin of the RyJ Reserva Real Cuentos and a tin of the Montecristo White Montes. I've had the RyJ Reserva Real Robusto and the figurado and liked them. Never touched a Montecristo White of any size.
I experienced my first El trunfador tonight which was sent to me by Magnate, i have to say this is an unusually thin cigar for me as im more into the 50RG upwards... However that said its one of the best cigars ive ever tasted, so im gonna try and source some more, there not available in the UK so you guys in the US have no idea how fortunate you are to have such variety.