In today's market there are a lot of manufacturers that are producing smaller cigars that besides the fact aren't that small, they claim are perfect cigars for when you have 45 minutes or less. I don't know how some of these smokers can enjoy a petit robusto or Rothschild in under 45 minutes, but they do and I find that slightly disturbing. For me, a short cigar is something with a ring gauge under 40 and a length under 4 inches. Cigars are meant to be enjoyed and when smokers are enjoying some of these "smaller" sizes in such a short time I feel that they are speed smoking. Now I will admit, cutting down the length and ring gauge to the requirements I listed above makes it difficult to find many cigars in the "small format," but the ones that are there are special cigars. Today I am going to be talking about a new purito that was released to the market this month and it is a cigar that falls into my "small cigar" category. That cigars is the Skeeterz and it is one of the new additions to Crux Cigars.
The Skeeterz is a purito by definition and comes in a gigantic 4"by 38 ring gauge offering. (Yes, I am kidding) The wrapper on the cigar is Habano seed grown in Jalapa, Nicaragua and it is then followed by an Indonesian binder and Nicaraguan fillers. Like the Ninfamaniac, the cigar is made in Nicaragua and is made at Plasencia Cigars S.A. The petit smoke features a solid cap and it has a wrapper that has a solid Colorado coloring. There are some noticeable veins present in the wrapper and it is oily in texture as well. It has a nice firmness to touch and is an impressive small cigar. There is a strong aroma of manure, rich earth and tobacco on the foot and wrapper and a great draw present as well. This is a cigar that is great for me when I don't have much time and a size that I believe many cigar smokers should try. I say that because I think when smokers take their time with these, they will love how they smoke.
The first half opens up by showing some wonderful notes for a small cigar. I am getting some coffee bean flavors that have a cinnamon quality to them and it is also showing some sweet floral and anise notes. While it may not seem like there is a lot going on for the cigar, you have to realize that this is a very small smoke so it is blended with a very limited number of tobacco leaves. For what is going on, it is a complex smoke. In terms of construction I am getting a very cool draw and it has a perfect burn line with that. There is a solid charcoal ash that is being produced on the end and it it an ash that holds on well. I would say that the strength of the cigar is right at a medium level and the body is right there as well. I personally dig what is going on with the smoke and look forward to seeing how it finishes.
I am in the second half of the cigar now and I find that it is showing some similarities to the first third, but there are some additional twists added on. I am getting some soft cocoa notes in this half and it is pairing with those anise notes from the beginning making an interesting flavor profile. There are still some coffee bean and cinnamon notes present as well and as I said in the beginning, it is a complex cigar especially for what this cigar is. The construction remains perfect in this back half and it is showing that razor sharp burn line, beautiful charcoal ash and a good bit of smoke being produced. I had to relight a couple times, but overall it was not a problem. The draw is cool all the way to the small nub and this is a well constructed cigar. I would say that it finishes slightly above the medium level in both body and strength and it did not show too much change throughout the entirety of this cigar.
To me this is the size of a quick smoke cigar. I know most smokers say that a 4" by 48 ring gauge cigar is a quick smoke, but that is s a cigar I still take my time with. I can't smoke that in a short period of time, under and hour, and that is because I really like to take my time with the cigars. This is a cigar that I could enjoy on a lunch break or even in the morning before work. I would definitely bring these out to parties where I don't want to smoke a cigar but I still want to smoke something when hanging outside. The flavors that the cigar produced were quite enjoyable and it showed amazing construction as well. The burn was simply cool from beginning to end and the construction was never an issue. I would be interested to see the smokers that reach for these cigars, and if I had to put money on it I would guess it would be the more educated smoker rather than some of the everyday smokers right now. I am giving this cigar a solid 90 and look forward to picking a few up down the road.
Seth's Humidor Rating: 90
*cigars for this assessment were provided to me by Crux Cigars