Ever see those tins of cigars in your local humidor and wonder “Are those really any good?” Our short answer is: sometimes…

Cigar tins have been around for awhile now, though it seems only recently that the “big boys” have joined the fun, squeezing ultra-premium blends into sizes that can be smoked on the go! You’ll find these cigars are made a few different ways – some are machine-made (no thanks), some are only machine-bunched and human-wrapped (we’re getting warmer), others are made like their big brother counterparts – completely by hand (yes please)! And there’s even some variation with hand-mades, involving the use of short or long filler tobaccos – some even use a combination. In short, long-filler cigars are superior, using full-length tobaccos, where short-fillers typically are composed of long-filler scraps, making for a less consistent burn and more harsh flavors.



Top 20 Small Cigars

Mini, small, petit, cigarillo, short panatela, demi-tasse – they may not all be technically the same, but these are the terms you’ll hear describing these cigar sizes. And considering we’ve been hearing the question more and more frequently, we’ve decided to put together a list of some of the best “Petit cigars” money can buy! These cigars are best when you’re short on time but still want the premium experience – say, during some of these frigid, 0° days we’ve been having.

  1. Oliva Special G

    This is not a “tin cigar”, the Oliva Serie G Special G is simply a miniature version of Oliva’s popular Serie G line. These cigars verge more on the side of a small version of a regular, handmade cigar you’ve become accustomed to, featuring long filler tobacco and a skillfully made figurado-style foot.

    • Price: $4
    • Packaging: Box of 48
    • Vitola: Petit Corona (3.7″ x 48)
    • Smoke time: 30 mins
    • Hand-rolled – Long filler
  2. Panter Blue

    Panter Blue cigarillo cigars
    This is the kind of cigar you can buy a tin of, carry around in your coat pocket, and smoke whenever you find a few minutes of free time. Made by Agio Cigars, the brand is well-known in the European market, and are gaining ground in the US, now distributed by Drew Estate. These little cigarillos are surprisingly consistent, having a nice, smooth and mellow taste. There are many other Panter smokes, but we felt the Blue line had a profile more in line with the average cigar smoker.

    • Price: 40¢
    • Packaging: Tin of 20
    • Vitola: Cigarillo (3″ x 21)
    • Smoke time: 5 mins
    • Machine-rolled – Short filler
  3. Nat Sherman Nat’s Selection Point Fives Maduro

    Nat Sherman is one of the oldest, most successful cigar shops in the country. They are known for their premium, handmade cigars (winning Cigar of the Year 2014), as well as premium cigarettes, and yes, they have cigarillos too! These cigars almost bridge the gap between cigarillo and Petit Corona, they could really be considered either. Most importantly, they pack a ton of flavor into a quick smoke, and you still feel like you’re smoking a real cigar! The Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper gives these a lovely coffee cream sweetness and fuller body.

    • Price: $1.80
    • Packaging: 5-pack box
    • Vitola: Cigarillo (4″ x 34)
    • Smoke time: 25 mins
    • Hand-rolled – Short filler
  4. Davidoff Demi-Tasse Cigarillos

    Davidoff manufactures some of the smallest handmade cigars in the world and the Demi-Tasse is a great example. This is a cigarillo that still gives the feeling of smoking a premium cigar – they have even managed to squeeze in long filler tobaccos into this mini, 25 ring gauge cigarillo! Like many Davidoff cigars, this is mild and refined. The perfect cigar to enjoy with your morning cup of coffee.

    • Price: $2
    • Packaging: 10-Pack
    • Vitola: Cigarillo (4″ x 25)
    • Smoke time: 10 mins
    • Hand-rolled – Long filler
  5. Partages Black Label Prontos

    There’s something satisfying about a nicely packaged tin of premium cigars. It fits right in your pocket, the interior is lined with tissue paper and the cigars are laid neatly in a row, fully banded and looking just like one would imagine – a miniature version of their full-sized counterpart. This is what you’ll find with the Partages Black Label Prontos. The cigars are one of the more full-bodied smokes on this list, full with rich notes of espresso, earth, and chocolate.

    • Price: $1.85
    • Packaging: Tin of 6
    • Vitola: Petit Corona (4.2″ x 36)
    • Smoke time: 25 mins
    • Hand-rolled – Long filler
  6. Ortega Mini Habano

    Ortega Premium Cigars is one of the only boutique brands to release a small sized premium cigar. The Ortega Mini series features 3 different varieties: Natural, Habano, and Maduro – packaged in crush-proof, flip-top 4-packs, looking similar to a pack of cigarettes. We feel the Habano offers the most “bang for your buck”, with medium/full-bodied flavors of cedar, leather, and pepper spice.

    • Price: $3
    • Packaging: 4-Pack
    • Vitola: Petit Corona (4″ x 38)
    • Smoke time: 30 mins
    • Hand-rolled – Long filler
  7. MUWAT Bait Fish

    MUWAT Bait Fish cigars
    My Uzi Weighs A Ton, fans of Drew Estate should expect no less of an interesting title from the mastermind Jonathan Drew and his Subculture Studios. Combined with Joya de Nicaragua, MUWAT came to life – they were massive 6 x 60 (or larger) cigars, before switching things up and going the complete opposite direction. Ironically, this 4 x 44 Petit Corona packs more strength than its larger brothers. It’s short, spicy, and one of the most full bodied cigars on this list!

    • Price: $5.50
    • Packaging: 5-Pack/Bundle of 25
    • Vitola: Petit Corona (4″ x 44)
    • Smoke time: 45 mins
    • Hand-rolled – Long filler
  8. Arturo Fuente Exquisito Natural

    Fuente makes some of the most sought-after cigars in the world, practically everything they touch turns to gold. And when faced with time constraints, it’s hard to pass up the Arturo Fuente Exquisito – after all, if they can fit that unique Fuente profile into a $2 stick, that’s a no-brainer! These cigars are made from the same tobaccos as the Fuente Hemingway and 8-5-8 cigars, using leftover tobaccos they’re calling “medium filler”. Because it’s not long filler, the cigars tend to heat up quickly and it may take some practice getting these to provide their best performance. But when the flavors are on, it’s tough to contend with these cigars in this weight class!

    • Price: $2.50
    • Packaging: Box of 50
    • Vitola: Short Panatela (4.5″ x 33)
    • Smoke time: 25 mins
    • Hand-rolled – Medium filler
  9. LFD Carajos

    LFD Carajos take the “tin cigar” packaging to the next level, replacing metal with cedar, a cigar’s best friend! The cigars incorporate unusually high-grade tobaccos for the size, also benefiting from long fillers and being handmade. In typical LFD fashion, the cigars are quite strong – it has been said that LFD experimented with the stick, packing as much ligero into the blend as they could! (This gives the cigar its interesting name…)

    • Price: $3
    • Packaging: 5-Pack
    • Vitola: Petit Corona (4″ x 34)
    • Smoke time: 35 mins
    • Hand-rolled – Long filler
  10. B.G. Meyer Slackers

    B.G. Meyer Slackers cigars
    Slackers is the 2nd release from the new B.G. Meyer brand, owned by screenwriter Rob Weiss, under the Camacho umbrella. While Camacho is all about the bold, these little cigars showcase a softer side, feeling more like a Davidoff (parent company) cigar; which is understandable, as the cigars hail from the DR. As can be expected, the cigars are beautifully packaged. Slackers are one of the larger cigars on the list, and may also be one of the most mild and complex.

    • Price: $4
    • Packaging: Tin of 4
    • Vitola: Short Churchill (4″ x 48)
    • Smoke time: 35 mins
    • Hand-rolled – Long filler
  11. Quesada Petites

    There are only 2 cigarillos on this list that are handmade and use long filler tobaccos – this is one of them. They arrive in 10-pack boxes, unbanded and looking like your average cigarillo. But once lit, you’ll see otherwise. These cigars are blended and manufactured in the Dominican Republic by master blender Manuel Quesada, creator of some of the finest cigars in the world. On this blend, you will find Dominican fillers and an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, making for a creamy, smooth and enjoyable smoke. I’ll go right out and say it – this is the best cigar in its weight class on this list.

    • Price: $1
    • Packaging: 10-Pack
    • Vitola: Cigarillo (4″ x 25)
    • Smoke time: 15 mins
    • Hand-rolled – Long filler
  12. Padrón Series Corticos Maduro

    It’s kind of surprising that Padrón, creators of some of, if not the, best cigars in the world, decided to create a cigar in this category! Sure enough, arriving in tins of 6, Padrón offers the Corticos in Natural and maduro. Of the two, we find the maduro provides a better smoking experience. When smoking a cigar of this size, you simply want the most “bang for your buck”, I’m talking sweet, strong, anything that smacks you in the face for that brief 30 minutes or less. In this case, the maduro accomplishes the task more efficiently, with sweet, syrupy notes of chocolate, coffee, earth, and a touch of pepper and cream.

    • Price: $3
    • Packaging: Tin of 6
    • Vitola: Short Panatela (4.25″ x 35)
    • Smoke time: 25 mins
    • Hand-rolled – Long filler
  13. Nat Sherman Timeless Collection No. 5

    The Nat Sherman Timeless is the cigar that put Nat Sherman back on the map. Blended at the MATASA (Quesada) factory in the Dominican Republic, Timeless consistently ranked among the best scoring cigars in 2012. The cigar was released in 2 different blends (Nicaraguan and Dominican) from 2 different factories – in our opinion, the Dominican is the superior cigar (it’s also the only one made in this size). Timeless is a refined smoke, with Cuban-esque notes of hay, leather, nuts, and a sweet, pleasant creaminess.

    • Price: $6
    • Packaging: Box of 20
    • Vitola: Petit Corona (3.75″ x 43)
    • Smoke time: 30 mins
    • Hand-rolled – Long filler
  14. Surrogates Cracker Crumbs

    You gotta admit, the marketing on these Cracker Crumbs is brilliant! It uses a similar blend to its big brother, Surrogates Animal Cracker, and consists of long filler tobaccos with a stronger profile. Cracker Crumbs trade in the tin packaging for the quick-and-easy paper 5-packs. What you will find here is exactly what L’Atelier set out to do: create a premium cigar that can be smoked on the go (the cigars arrive pre-cut to help with this). Spicy pepper, earth, toasted bread, sugars, and campfire smokey flavors make up the profile for this little gem. The only downside is that these babies sell out rather quick!

    • Price: $3
    • Packaging: Paper-wrapped 5-Pack
    • Vitola: Petit Corona (4.5″ x 38)
    • Smoke time: 45 mins
    • Hand-rolled – Long filler
  15. Tatuaje Petite Reserva

    When considering the best small vitola cigars, a release from Tatuaje, one of the most sought-after boutique brands in the world, may seem too good to be true. On the contrary, Tatuaje actually produces a good number of these miniature “handmades”, the smallest of which is the Tatuaje Petite Reserva, coming in at 4.5″ x 32. These little maduros arrive as a cabinet selection-style box of unbanded sticks, a great investment for any humidor at around $150. The cigars use a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, making for their gnarled and rustic appearance. This smoke shows an expected full-flavored smoking experience, with leather, chocolate, and earth being most pronounced.

    • Price: $3.50
    • Packaging: Box of 50
    • Vitola: Short Panatela (4.5″ x 32)
    • Smoke time: 25 mins
    • Hand-rolled – Long filler
  16. Davidoff Primeros Nicaragua

    Davidoff Nicaragua Primeros cigars
    After Davidoff’s successful venture into Nicaraguan tobaccos, the brand has blended another Nicaraguan; this time taking advantage of a quicker smoking experience. The Primeros lineup features some of the best blending for a cigar of this size, the lineup features 2 Dominican and 2 Nicaraguan cigars – both in natural and maduro wrappers. These cigars are some of the most premium smokes you will find in a tin of cigars, with delicate and complex flavors of pepper spice, floral qualities, creaminess, and cedar. The entire Primeros lineup consists of great cigars in this size, but the Nicaragua may just offer you the most impactful flavor profile.

    • Price: $4.75
    • Packaging: Tin of 6
    • Vitola: Petit Panetela (4.1″ x 34)
    • Smoke time: 15 mins
    • Hand-rolled – Long filler
  17. DPG Blue Demi-Tasse

    Don Pepin Garcia is a legend in the industry, a Cuban-born master blender with tremendous talent, owner and operator of one of the finest cigar factories in the world – My Father Cigars S.A., located in Estelí, Nicaragua. Garcia’s cigars are known for their “Pepin spice”, a quality found in many of his blends, though his most prominent is surely the DPG Blue Label. These cigars showcase classic Cuban craftsmanship, with a Nicaraguan twist – meaning much more pepper spice, as well as added flavors of citrus, cedar, chocolate, and various spice-cabinet notes.

    • Price: $4.25
    • Packaging: Box of 30
    • Vitola: Demi-Tasse (4.5″ x 32)
    • Smoke time: 20 mins
    • Hand-rolled – Long filler
  18. Illusione Epernay Le Petit

    Epernay is the epitome of a smooth, creamy, sweet smoking experience. The Le Petite vitola incorporates the same premium blend as its larger counterpart, using high grade Nicaraguan fillers and binder, and a very special Café Rosado wrapper. But with the higher grade tobaccos comes a price point to match. At 6-plus dollars, these smokes may be a good call for occasions like weddings and other events where you’d like a premium smoke in a short timeframe.

    • Price: $6
    • Packaging: Box of 50
    • Vitola: Petit Corona (4.5″ x 44)
    • Smoke time: 40 mins
    • Hand-rolled – Long filler
  19. Liga Privada Único Serie Papas Fritas

    Late in the year 2012, Drew Estate took the cigar world by storm with the release of the Liga Privada Papas Fritas. The clever title of these little smoke translates to “french fries”. The interesting thing about these cigars is that they are made from leftover tobaccos used in the Liga Privada blends, some of the most premium and sought-after cigars in the world. Yes, they use mixed fillers, but when considering those “leftover” fillers come from the best of the best, combined with the fact that Drew Estate re-sorts the leftover tobaccos to only include tobaccos worthy of their high standards, now you see why these cigars are in high demand! The cigars are packaged in some of the coolest tins you’ll find, and their smoke output is truly worthy of the Liga name. Explosive flavors from the first puff will have you questioning your die-hard, long-filler beliefs…

    • Price: $6
    • Packaging: Tin of 4
    • Vitola: Petit Corona (4.5″ x 44)
    • Smoke time: 30 mins
    • Hand-rolled – Mixed filler
  20. Tatuaje Petite Cazadores Reserva

    When dealing with the seemingly countless Tatuaje cigars, including core line cigars, alternate-wrapper core line cigars, limited editions, and more – it can become a little tricky to keep it all straight. Even on this list, we have the Tatuaje Petite Reserva and this, the Tatuaje Petite Cazadores Reserva – there’s a difference, trust us! This cigar takes on the look of Tatuaje’s core lineup cigar, Tatuaje “Brown Label” Cazadores. But it isn’t actually the same, as this blend uses a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and the traditional Brown Label uses Ecuadorian Habano… You’ll also find a covered foot on this cigar (always fun). But the only thing that really matters here is the taste, which it has plenty! Filled to the brim with flavors of coffee, chocolate, earth, spice, and leather – this smoke has everything you need in a cigar in the span of 30+ minutes. In our opinion, no other cigar offers as satisfying, full, and complex experience as this cigar and buying a full box should be a no-brainer!

    • Price: $4
    • Packaging: Box of 50
    • Vitola: Petit Corona (4″ x 40)
    • Smoke time: 30 mins
    • Hand-rolled – Long filler
  • Lyly

    Hello, I am looking (I do not smoke) for a gift. A brother loved Dutch Masters Panatelas. This brand is gone. What are the little cigarillos close to the taste of this little cigar? There is so much out there it is confusing for a non cigar smoker. Than kyou for the help.

    • Lyly thank you for the note! Dutch Masters Panatelas are machine made cigars. And while there is nothing wrong with machine made cigars (per se) do your brother a favor and buy him any of the cigars listed above. All of these selections are hand made cigars and many include long-filler tobacco. Your brother will be blown away that a cigar could possibly taste so good. He will love you even more than he does now. 🙂

  • Bill

    I would put the 7-20-4 Dogwalker and the Blood Red Moon on the list.

  • Haxxerd

    Great review! I plan on going right down the list and trying all of these!
    I’ve been searching for something to smoke at work that’s sbout 30 to 40 mins. And its been quite a journey!
    Thanks again for putting so much effort into this!

  • The Cult: Blood Red Moon is also a fantastic little stick. They are super affordable and pack a nice flavor. If you like the Bait Fish / Papas Fritas, then the Blood Red Moon will definitely please your palate.

  • Shogun

    That is a good list but one that should be on there is the Crux Skeeter 4 x 32. If you haven’t tried one you should. Inexpensive with great flavor and medium bodied. Also my other favorite petite coronas not on the list illusione 68 bombone, hvc 44, hvc cerro sabrositos, and Warped El oso cub.

  • Sam

    This list is dead on- thank you!!. Every great smoke in this range is here and some I didn’t know about. A few more I would suggest are the Don Pepin Garcia tiny pig tailed smoke called an M-80(blue label series) and well as the new La Palina El Diaro KB and Room 101 Namakubi Papi Chulo.

    • Sumatra Samurai

      Thanks for the comment Sam, all good suggestions! I didn’t include the Firecracker because it’s basically the same blend as the Demi-Tasse and Namakubi Papi Chulo almost made the list but I felt it was too limited. Kill Bill definitely deserves a mention though, good call.

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