At this time of year it’s almost a custom amongst cigar lovers to discuss viable shorter-smokes due to the weather and the inevitable drop in temperature.
Shorter thinner cigars should not be dismissed lightly. There is a plethora of brilliant experiences to be had amongst the smaller vitolas, some competing with the very best Cuban cigars.
Several personal favourites of mine are the Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto (HdM PR), the Partagás Short, the Trinidad Reyes, and the Ramon Allones Small Club Corona (RASCC).
If I’m honest, the HdM PR isn’t the shortest of smokes; it has a ring gauge of 50 (but a length of 4⅛”) and should last you up to 30 minutes, but for those who like a chunky cigar, or for those who can’t resist the gauge of a Robusto, the HdM is an awesome ‘standard production’ cigar. Time and time again it gives a great smoke – full of flavour, and with ample strength when compared to other, lighter HdMs. I can’t emphasise enough how good this cigar is!
Based on the HdM PR, the 2011 Limited Edition Hoyo de Monterrey Pirámides must be looked at as a positive edition to the range, albeit for a limited time.
Secondly, the Partagás Short is probably the most well-known and most-loved short-smoke, with good reason. Its full-flavour profile and strength make it an ideal smoke when time is limited, or if you find yourself out in the cold! Estimated smoking time is around 20 minutes, and comes in the following dimensions: length 4 ⅜” x 42 ring gauge.
The Trinidad Reyes has a very different flavour profile to the Partagás Short, with the usual creamy smoothness of a Trinidad, in a smaller sized vitola, and happily sits alongside the Trinidad family of cigars. It has a slightly smaller ring gauge than the Partagás Short, at 40, with a similar length of 4⅜”.
Lastly, the RASCC is widely lauded as a great small cigar, and lovers of the Ramon Allones range will be happily satisfied with this stick, despite its diminutive size – 4 ⅜”, 42 ring gauge (the same as the Partagás Short).
Though these are my personal favourites, there are many, many, other ‘shorter smokes’ of exceptional quality within nearly every range. For example; the Cohiba Siglo I, the Bolivar Corona Junior, the San Cristobal de la Habana El Principe, the Hoyo du Monterrey Depute, the Montecristo No. 5, the R&J Romeo No. 3, the El Rey Del Mundo Demi Tasse, and the H. Upmann Corona Junior – among many others, all vying for your attention!
So don’t go wanting this Autumn/Winter – there are plenty of smaller smokes that will fulfil your cravings for a good Cuban cigar, some of which will pleasantly surprise you.