As the days get shorter and temperatures plummet, larger cigars enter humidor hibernation until spring and small smokes come out to play. Here are our picks for 5 short cigars you should smoke this Winter season. These cigars all offer great flavour, strength and value and may be enjoyed in roughly 30 minutes.
H. UPMANN HALF CORONA (3.5″ x 44)
The first name on the team-sheet! The H Upmann Half Corona was an obvious choice for this list and a cigar that’s becoming increasingly popular. Compact, affordable, smooth and very tasty, the HUHC is sweet and creamy with salty peanut butter and cocoa notes throughout its 30 minute smoke. The HUCH is available in 25 boxes as well as 5×5 tins, which make fantastic carrying cases during short holidays. Both boxes are currently available for $115 on Cigars of Habanos. Shop for H. Upmann Cigars.
MONTECRISTO MEDIA CORONA (3.5″ x 44)
The Montecristo Media Corona is the exact same size as the HUHC, but offers a different experience with a more complex, full-flavoured profile. The Media Corona starts off sweet and smooth, and eases you into its fuller finish by slowly adding layers of toasty and woody notes. The Media Corona pairs exceptionally well with coffee, or dark roasty stouts. Boxes of 25 are currently available for $118 on Cigars of Habanos. Shop for Montecristo Cigars.
UNDERCROWN FLYING PIG MADURO (4.1″ x 60)
Drew Estate’s Flying Pig was a massive success when it was first released under the Liga brand. The unique, short-and-stumpy vitolas are available in numerous blends including Liga Privada No. 9, Liga Privada T52, Undercrown Maduro, Undercrown Shade and Undercrown Sun Grown. The Undercrown Maduro is packed with rich sweet an spicy flavours due to a blend of Nicaraguan and Brazilian filler tobacco wrapped in a shimmering dark aged Mexican leaf. Individual blends of Flying Pig are available in boxes of 12, however the Limited Edition Flying Pig Collection Box of 9 is available for $75 on Cigars of Habanos and contains 3 each of Undercrown Maduro, Sun Grown and Shade. Shop for Liga Cigars.
The Flying Pig format is also available in our own CoH Custom Rolled Cuban Cigars. The blend is powerful, providing a full-bodied smoke, with a rich, complex and classic Cuban profile brimming with earth, pepper, chocolate and spice. CoH Custom Rolled Flying Pigs are available in a box of 25 for $150.
ROMEO Y JULIETA PETIT CHURCHILL (4″ x 50)
Part of Romeo y Julieta’s much-loved Churchill series, the Petit Churchill is a short Robusto which offers a hearty, complex smoking experience over 30-40 minutes. The Petit Churchill is medium-full in strength, and delightfully complex, offering a rich bouquet of flavors including coffee, chocolate, licorice, leather and fruits. The Romeo y Julieta Petit Churchill is available in boxes of 25 ($192), also available in aluminum tubes in boxes of 15 ($142). Shop for Romeo y Julieta Cigars.
BALMORAL ANEJO XO PETIT ROBUSTO (4.4″ x 48)
Balmoral is one of the key brands released by Netherland’s Royal Agio Cigars. The Anejo XO is filled with an expert blend of Brazilian, Dominican, and Nicaraguan tobacco, and surrounded by a beautiful Sun-Grown Mexican wrapper. Medium to full in body, the Balmoral Anejo XO Petit Robusto is teeming with notes of cedar, pepper, earth, nutmeg, cinnamon and honey. The full strength and “Christmas spice” profile makes the Anejo XO a perfect choice for your post holiday-feast smoke, especially when paired with a spiced coffee or mulled wine. The Balmoral Anejo XO Petit Robusto is currently available for $85 for a 12 box (4×3). Shop for Balmoral Cigars.
What’s your go-to winter smoke? Let know below!