While big-ring and extra long premium cigars are growing increasingly popular, it is important to remember that not every aficionado out there has the time to indulge in a big and beefy smoke. Thin cigars that are on the slimmer side, on the other hand, offer a smoking experience far briefer compared to their larger cousins.
What are thin cigars?
In case you are unaware, the ring gauge measures the thickness of any cigar with each increment in the ring gauge corresponding to 1/64th of an inch, so a cigar with a ring gauge of 32 is a half-inch wide.
Thin cigars are sticks that have an exceptionally small ring gauge. The thinnest handmade premium cigars have a ring gauge of 38, however machine-made cigars can be much thinner with ring gauges as thin as 20.
There are also a variety of different sizes that feature thin ring gauges, such as a classic Cigarillo that is around 4×30 to 4.5×32 in size, the famous 4.88×42 Blunt, and even some that feature a wooden or plastic tip reminiscent of a pipe mouthpiece.
Thin machine-made cigars are a popular choice with smokers on the go who simply do not have the luxury to indulge in an hour or longer smoking experience.
What are the benefits of smoking a slim cigar?
Perhaps the biggest advantage of smoking a slim cigar is the time-saving aspect. Thin cigars with ring gauges of 32 and under smoke faster compared to a thicker cigar. Slim smokes also tend to be shorter than full-sized cigars, with most measuring in at five inches or less in length.
Thin cigars can also come in a wide variety of top-quality flavors to choose from, providing a smoking experience that is not only brief and to-the-point but also bursting with rich and unique flavors. Slim cigars crafted by a machine also have top-notch consistency, so from one stick to the next you know that you are going to have something good.
Best of all, thin cigars tend to be far more affordable than their full-sized cousins, especially thin cigars that are machine-made rather than handmade. These skinny sticks are great not just for aficionados short on time, but also for smokers who are looking to save a buck.
Top thin and slim cigars you should try
Now that you have an idea as to why you should try thin cigars, I would be remiss to not point you in the right direction of the ones you should try. Here are the top five slim smokes that you just have to try!
One of the most popular brands that make thin cigars is Swisher Sweets. This brand has been at it since the late 1800s, and that experience has made the brand one of the biggest in the industry. They provide a plethora of cigars offered in a vast array of flavors and sizes, including cigarillos, mini cigarillos, blunts, and smokes made with a shaggy foot. Swisher Sweets are some of the best thin cigars out there.
If you are looking for something a little more rustic, then Backwoods Cigars are the slim smokes you ought to try. Featuring a shaggy foot and machine-rolled into a 4.5×32 size with a top-quality Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Backwoods come as a slew of rich and savory flavors like Russian Cream, Honey Bourbon, Dark Stout, and Sweet Aromatic that will tantalize the palate.
Black & Mild
Smoking a full-sized top-shelf cigar is a time commitment, however, so is sitting back with a pipe. To enjoy the sweet and unique flavors of a pipe without the messy scraping and tamping, Black & Mild should be your first choice. Made by the famous pipe tobacco producer Middleton, Black & Mild cigars feature wood or plastic pipe-like tips and are offered in a variety of sweet and savory flavors.
Antonio y Cleopatra
If time is not necessarily an issue but you still want something both good and affordable, Antonio y Cleopatra will surely pique your interest. These gems are unlike most on this list with their long and thin 6.25×33 Grenadiers vitola that the company is famous for. Available in either a Candela or EMS Indonesian wrapper around aged Caribbean Basin Cuban Seed fillers, AyC is certain to impress.
Founded in 1910, Phillies Cigars are the best for you to try if you want a top-notch smoking experience with no frills or luxury price tags. Crafting Blunts and Cigarillos with top-quality machine precision, Phillies is featured in flavors like Strawberry, Chocolate, and White Grape that are perfect for satisfying that sweet tooth. Affordable and brimming with flavor, Phillies Cigars are a must-try for a frugal smoker!
Never realized the plethora of cigar choices !!
Life is too short to smoke anything less than a great cigar! Love all of the many choices.
been buying smokes from JR for over 25 years can’t find a better price or freshness anywhere
Agree with all above!
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Not sure if in the same category, but Parodi is a great cigar. I like the Ammezzati. Dry cured so you can keep them in a desk or pocket, short so you can have a quick cigar. I like premium cigars for sure, but Parodi is a good cigar on its own merits.
That is a great dive into the world of Cigars!
Ill take a cheap cigar before a cheap beer…Life is too short to drink —- water.
I like the flavored thin irish creme or the vanilla flavored thin cigars , when you are in a crunch with time and need to get a nice smoke in these are great !!!!
I love Arturo Fuente cigars