One of the many factors to consider when preparing to smoke a cigar is time. How much time do you have? Will it start to get too chilly in a half hour? The worst thing when choosing your smoke is to go with a nice churchill or robusto and either cutting your time with it short, or even worse, rushing the smoke.
One of the most important elements to a great smoke is taking the time to fully enjoy it
It’s true. Few things upset me more than watching a friend or even a stranger rush their cigar. So what do you do when you have a bit of a time crunch but you were able to find an open half hour in your schedule? Naturally one would think of a cigarillo. You may go for one of Nat’s Legendary Cigarillos/Cigarettes or if you’re less of an aficionado, a black and mild (please no!!) or some factory throwout. Instead, go to your tobacconist or local connivence store that sells cigars and find a case of Macanudo Ascots. These (approx.) 5 in cigarillos are packaged in a tin-like case as sets of 10 and go for anywhere between $16 and $21.
This cigar is one of my favorites. I recently went to Florida in January with some pals and let me say, I fell in love with these ascots at times.
“Hey Tom we’re heading to the pool in thirty minutes.”
“Wanna grab a smoke on the porch out back in the meantime?”
“Thats pushing it man, I don’t think we’ll have time.”
“Don’t worry. Lets just have a few Macs now and break out the Montes poolside.”
This was the template for a lot of our conversations on that trip. Dinner ready in 45? Lets grab a smoke I’ll have a bowl you can have an ascot. Being a thirty minute smoke tops without being rushed gives this cigar extraordinary capabilities. Oh, and did I mention it’s a fantastic smoke?
Lets get to the specifics; these cigars last for about 20-30 minutes and burn pretty evenly. At times you’ll catch your cigar starting to canoe a bit but that can be easily fixed in a few puffs. The cigar has no issue staying lit, and can be sat down for 5 minutes without going out. These Macanudo’s have a medium draw with light to medium smoke in terms of strength. The draw and smoke give this cigar the feel of a 52 ring robusto or an hour fifteen minute churchill. While some cigarillos and thinner cigars can be troublesome to cut, these ascots will give your blade no trouble. This cigar combines Dominican filler with a unique Mexican binder grown in the San Andres Valley, with the classic Connecticut Shade wrapper.
Overall, Macanudo Ascots are a great choice and one of my personal favorites no matter what the conditions are. Thanks for reading, and I leave you with a picture of a good friend taking a puff of his Mac Ascot on the beaches of Siesta Key, Florida.