Does Size Matter?

When one thinks of a cigar, the imagery that comes to mind is usually that of a large, round object that takes half a day to smoke and puts out more smoke than a mesquite barbecue pit. Between psychiatrists and comedians, many colorful interpretations of the cigar have been laid out in public view. However, a good smoke does not have to come from something that George Burns or Groucho Marx waved around all the time. Many smokers, even finicky ones, prefer to smoke small cigars.

All Things Great and Small

Swisher Sweets are one of the top-selling cigars sold in drugstores throughout America. Captain Black Tobacco also offers a line of cigarillos, made from their popular mild pipe tobacco, making for a quick cigar with over a dozen flavors on hand. Garcia y Vega makes their Game Cigarillos, in all of their smooth, flavorful glory. Small cigars are also less expensive, both to purchase and to ship. While this may not matter to some people, it can make a difference to the cigar novice as he or she explores the different flavors and tastes of the better cigar brands without having to dig too deeply into their pockets in the learning stages of the game.

Small Cigars, Big Flavor

Certainly, more exotic brands of small cigars are out there, from the world-famous Macanudo to the private line made by the Highland Cigar Company in Atlanta, Georgia. Romeo and Juliet's Romeos come in both Natural and Maduro flavors. DavidoffZino Minis are another top-shelf brand, proving true the axiom that good things come in small wrappers.

Small cigars are gaining in popularity at roughly the same rate as the 52mm Howitzers that are out there, with makers like H. Upmann and Partagas looking to sop up market share. Another aspect of the small cigar craze is the impact of society's anti-smoking bent. If one has to step out for a quick smoke, it makes more sense to have a cigarillo that can be enjoyed to the finish without having to extinguish and relight (in other words, ruin) an expensive cigar.