66 - June
Short Filler Cigar re-visited
2001 we first addressed
the question "Why not a.
Short Filler cigar?".
- and it bears repeating.
maligned or ignored
many cigar smokers, these
cigars have a very definite
role to play in the
of cigar smoking.
is the keyword.
Since the bunch (filler enclosed by its binder) is machine made,
the consistency of construction is very high. Machines can be
set to weigh out exact amounts of tobacco, roll them into an exact
diameter and cut to an exact length, with no margin for human
error. So a good, even, easy draw is virtually assured.
The filler is composed of small pieces of tobacco (hence the term
"short filler"), and the composition can be a Blender's
dream. Up to as many as 15 to 20 different tobaccos may be used
to fine-tune the blend, and again the degree of consistency will
be very high. Here the skill of the tobacco buyer comes into play
- to ensure consistency of flavour and quality from year to year.
For my taste
I look for a cigar made of 100% tobacco, cigars such as PGC
Hajenius, and certain of the La Paz, Panter, Agio, Willem
II ranges, and I choose a size to complement the time I will have
to smoke it. I find, and this has been borne out by various discussions
and at functions, that such a short filler cigar is a good "first
cigar" of the day or evening.
the taste buds, not hammering them.
ready for something more substantial later.
They are also ideal for a coffee break smoke or just a light smoke
at any time.
My suggestion is that you consider them to see where they can
fit into your cigar smoking portfolio.
our next Cigar
Dinner (June 19) we are opening the cigar menu with a short
filler cigar - and what a cigar!
The cream from PGC Hajenius - the "Kleine Tuitnak".
Hajenius website has this to say about the cigar:
"The most striking feature of the 'tuitknak' is its tapered
end - the end which you light. The combination of the wrapper
and binder leaves yields a special flavour when you light the
cigar - because you can't yet perceive the filler. People sometimes
make the mistake of lighting the tuitknak at the wrong end - the
broad end: don't. Not only will you miss the unique flavour sensation,
but you will also find that it is very difficult to draw on the
cigar; and there is also a risk that the wrapper will unroll."
Theo Rudman says "Amazingly
rich for a small cigar" and gives it
For me this cigar has a mellow spiciness that makes it an ideal
preliminary to the serious cigars to follow. At the dinner these
will be a Cohiba Siglo II (Petit Corona) and the San Cristobal
La Fuerza (Corona Extra).
be a splendid evening. Booking is brisk, but places are still
available. Come and join us.
June 5 to June 18, 2003
May 26, all Zippo prices reduced by 20%.
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