Cigar Aficionado

Little Dogs with Big Flavor

A fun new smoke, perfect for the golf course or yard work, is just reaching cigar shops now from the makers of La Gloria Cubana.

El Credito Perritos, War of Flavors, 5 1/2 inch long, 38 ring gauge smokes made by hand without cigar presses or molds, went on sale in late April.

Perrito is Spanish for "little dogs," and these fun smokes came out of the El Credito section of the massive General Cigar Dominicana factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Two rollers in the factory were making the cigars just for themselves when Team La Gloria Cubana leader Michael Giannini saw them and decided they could be a marketable smoke.

The cigars, which resemble the type of rough cheroot one would see Clint Eastwood chewing on in a Sergio Leone Western, are made from Nicaraguan and Dominican filler tobaccos, a Connecticut broadleaf binder and Ecuadoran Habano wrappers.

They come in boxes of 50 and carry a very reasonable suggested retail price of $2.50.

For more, see the May 10 Cigar Insider.