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Speedy Smokes for Derby Day

Jack Bettridge
Posted: May 4, 2012

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In the spirit of competition (and so as to not waste any precious tobacco) Bettridge pulled back the band and kept riding. The sportsmanlike move afforded him an extra five minutes of smoking, even as he singed his finger tips a bit.

Still, Bettridge easily beat Savona, who finally pulled in at 36:23, almost a minute and a half longer than the previous standard referenced by Padrón himself.

A gracious winner, Bettridge offered to go again with more Juleps and the same smoke (this time with a maduro wrapper). Cooler heads prevailed, however, and it was agreed to continue the competition at the running of the Preakness (in two weeks time), using a rye whiskey drink in salute to Maryland’s historical spirit.

Of course, Padrón is not the only maker of quality short smokes.

What follows is a list of short cigars (most around 4 inches long, each scoring 90 points or more in the last year) that you might enjoy with a very quick race.

Outstanding Short Smokes
Rated in past 12 months, Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider

Fuente Fuente OpusX Perfecxion No. 5 Dom. Rep. 93
La Palina El Diario Kill Bill Honduras 93
Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 Machito Nicaragua 92
Litto Gomez Diez Oriental 2010 Dom. Rep. 92
Montecristo Petit Edmundo Cuba 92
Savinelli Dos Campeones Sixto Trabajador Nicaragua 92
Trinidad Reyes Cuba 92
H. Upmann Half Corona Cuba 91
Macanudo Crü Royale Poco Gordo Dom. Rep.
Padrón Serie 1926 Maduro No. 35 Nicaragua 91
Partagas No. 4 Dom. Rep. 91
Por Larrañaga Petit Corona Cuba 91
Quesada Selección España Short Robusto Dom. Rep.
Tatuaje Cabinet Noellas U.S.A.
Illusione Epernay Le Petite Honduras 90
La Flor de Cano Short Robusto Exclusivo Reino Unido Cuba 90
La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero DL-452 Dom. Rep. 90
NUb Cameroon 460 Nicaragua 90
Romeo y Julieta Julieta Cuba 90
Room 101 Namakubi Roxxo Honduras 90
Partagás Serie D No. 5 Cuba 90

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Kenny L. — Oldeminence, KY, United States,  —  May 7, 2012 4:40pm ET

Great Hunch!! Hope you placed your bet!! Got a hunch for the the next leg? Kenny.

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