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Who likes cigarillos?

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I've had them before, and bought my own pack of Davidoffs today. They are an excellent proxy for a cigar when you don't have the time, need to be moving, or want something light, and don't like cigarettes. I'm curious as to why they aren't more popular. I almost never see anyone smoking one.
 

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I like cigarillos but wouldn't seriously consider buying a pack of them.
 

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Originally Posted by Jodum5
I like cigarillos but wouldn't seriously consider buying a pack of them.
Is it really such an expensive purchase as to require serious consideration if you like them? I got a pack of ten in Manhattan for $10.
 

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I smoked them when I was 16... they just seem a little silly for adults.
 

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Originally Posted by mafoofan
Is it really such an expensive purchase as to require serious consideration if you like them? I got a pack of ten in Manhattan for $10.

Who said anything about cost? I don't see them at most places I buy cigarettes so it doesn't occur to me buy them. I also like inhaling and the cuban cigarillo I tried once was not any fun inhaling.
 

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Originally Posted by StockwellDay
I smoked them when I was 16... they just seem a little silly for adults.

+1, except I was 18, and we thought we were cool.
 

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i always thought you were just supposed to use cigarillos for blunt wraps
 

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I think the OPs height correlates with the fact that he promotes tobaccos of demi tasse size and smaller.
 

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Originally Posted by fffffut
i always thought you were just supposed to use cigarillos for blunt wraps



I've only seen unruly characters smoke cigarillos...
 

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i smoke tequila flavored ones from time to time. obviously i'm not much of a smoker to take it seriously.
 

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They lack the flavour and complexity of a full cigar, thus the interest.

EDIT: missed this gem

Originally Posted by Cravate_Noire
I think the OPs height correlates with the fact that he promotes tobaccos of demi tasse size and smaller.
I guess when a corona looks like a horse cock, it becomes slightly less appealing.
 

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I'm not exactly sure what these are, but apparently the name sounds of spanish origin. I remember the "cool kids" in high school asking each other if they had an extra "yose" they could smoke, but they were just referring to regular cigarettes. So cigarettes were called "yose" back in the day.
 

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Originally Posted by holymadness
They lack the flavour and complexity of a full cigar . . .

Oh, no doubt. I like a proper cigar, but as I said: sometimes, time and place dictate something that can be smoked casually like a cigarette. It is a much more casual smoke. I like to sit down with a strong cigar and have a drink with it--or at least a fully stomach beforehand. Also, if you've only got a few minutes, a cigar is not an option.
 

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Originally Posted by mafoofan
Oh, no doubt. I like a proper cigar, but as I said: sometimes, time and place dictate something that can be smoked casually like a cigarette. It is a much more casual smoke. I like to sit down with a strong cigar and have a drink with it--or at least a fully stomach beforehand. Also, if you've only got a few minutes, a cigar is not an option.

Oh mafoo, can't you even go five minutes without sticking something into your dainty mouth and taking a good suck or two?
 

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Okay, I'll be more serious for a moment and make a few analogies.

To me, the interest of a cigar is neither ritualistic nor based on my enjoyment of the activity of smoking. In my mind, that is a bit like saying that the interest of a good meal is based on sitting around a table and moving your jaw up and down. What remains, therefore, are the virtues of the thing being consumed. If the food is delicious, I will enjoy it. If the cigar is flavourful and has other positive attributes, I will enjoy it as well.

These attributes boil down to a few things, notably quality of smoke (texture, creaminess, etc.), flavour and complexity. In order, then:

1. Small-gauge cigars (i.e. panatella-size and smaller) are incapable of producing a volume of smoke I consider acceptable or enjoyable. It feels thin in the mouth and is not, in my experience, particularly unctuous.

2. Small-gauge cigars contain no ligero, which is the top leaf of the tobacco plant and the most flavourful. This is generally where the cigar gets its richness and what people are tasting when they talk about coffee/chocolate/nutty/peppery/earthy notes.

3. Short cigars, such as cigarillos, do not contain whole tobacco leaves. Thus, there is no evolution of flavour from the beginning to the end. This doesn't provide for a very interesting experience, just a linear one.

So when you smoke a cigarillo, all you're smoking is a cigar that tastes like... cigar smoke. To me, that's like drinking a red wine that tastes like... red wine, otherwise known as plonk and which is only good for making boeuf bourguignon, not for serving at dinner.
 

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