If you are a cigar lover, you may be well-versed in different types of cigars. They come in different widths, shapes, colors, and strengths. There seems to be a different type of cigar for every taste and palate. But beyond cigars, there are also cigarillos, which some cigar lovers are less familiar with.

What is Cigarillo

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A cigarillo is a miniature cigar. Lovers of cigarillos enjoy the little sticks in sizes ranging from 3 to 4.5 inches, with ring gauges in the range of 20 to 30. Fans enjoy the compact sticks because they can be consumed in a short period, making them perfect for a quick tobacco fix or lunchtime break. Cigarillos are immensely popular in Europe.

Cigarillos are wrapped in brown tobacco-based paper or tobacco leaves. They do not come with filters. They are smoked just like cigars, meaning that the smoke is not to be inhaled like cigarette smoke. Smokers of cigarillos can get the same satisfaction that they would from a cigar, but in a very quick window of 10 to 20 minutes.

Due to their small size, cigarillos cannot be rolled by hand. All cigarillos are machine-made, even the premium quality varieties. Just as with cigars, there is a broad selection of cigarillos to choose from. The most popular premium brands include Arturo Fuente, Cohiba, Romeo y Julieta, Macanudo, Ashton, and Don Diego. Dutch Masters is one of the oldest cigarillo producers. The company has been churning out quality cigarillos since 1911. Its line includes flavored selections such as honey, grape, mint, vanilla, and rum.

Cigarillos have been around for centuries and enjoy almost the same level of popularity as their larger counterpart. If you haven’t tried one, you have many options to get you started.