Ever since becoming a father I find myself gravitating to small cigars. I like the smaller sticks for those random bits of time between naps where I can step outside with the baby monitor. More often then not, I avoid cigars in these glimpses of free time because I never know how much time I have and in most cases I don’t have small enough cigars on hand to fit the bill.
One of my favorite quickie smokes is the Origen Originals by J. Fuego (aka Origen in the Soft Pack). Unfortunately, with Kensington Tobacconist closing, I haven’t seen these sticks in months. These little cigars packed lots of flavor into a crude little package that was easy on the wallet.
In addition to the Origen Originals, I’m a big fan of the La Flor Dominicana Cheroot (aka Ice Pick, aka Crack Stick) but the price tag is a major deterrent ($7.00 for such a crude cigar is a little crazy). Being a fan of this format, I was pleased to see a press release from General Cigar hit my inbox announcing the El Perrito.
What makes these cigars “crude” is that they are crafted without the use of a mold. While this produces a rough looking cigar, it allows factory workers to put less hands on time into the rolling process, ultimately resulting in a less expensive smoke. In the case of the El Perrito, they carry an MSRP of $2.50 per single or $125.00 per box of 50 (which roughly matches the cost of the J. Fuego Origen Originals).
To add a little back story to this new cigar, General Cigar tells us via Press Release that the credit for this cigar goes to two Team La Gloria factory supervisors. Robert Batista and Juan Almonte created a little powerhouse cigar and brought the idea forth to Michael Giannini (Director of Marketing) and Yuri Guillen (Director of Manufacturing) describing it as a battle of flavors in the mouth. It is made up of two filler leaves (Nicaraguan and Dominican), bound with Connecticut Broadleaf, and wrapped with Ecuadorian Habano. The cigar finishes out at 5.50 inches long with a 38 ring gauge.
While General Cigar doesn’t often release product that grabs my attention, the El Perrito looks like it could fit nicely into my cigar rotation.
Ask The Readers:
How do these crude little cheroots fit into your cigar rotation, and will you be seeking out the El Perrito when they land in a cigar shop near you?