In my quest to smoke each and every little cigar out there, I recently stumbled upon Smoker’s Best Menthol Little Cigars. And I like them. A lot.
Recommend this product?
Not much information is available about Smoker’s Best. They are made in the Philippines and distributed in the United States by Magnolia Smoker’s Best Group in Tupelo, Mississippi.
These little cigars are 100-sized (3 ½ inches with an 18 gauge) cigars and have a brown wrapper with a normal-sized filter. In addition to menthol, they are available in 12 flavors including vanilla, blackberry, cherry, clove, and grape, as well as full flavor. They come in a sturdy hard pack, 20 to a box.
Upon opening a box of these, you’re greeted with a satisfying menthol/tobacco scent, with neither overpowering the other.
But if all you wanted to do was sniff them, as good as they smell, you’d be wasting your money.
These suckers light as easily as your favorite cigarette—a quick flick of a cheap Bic is all you need to begin a satisfying smoking experience.
And satisfying, they are. Falling under the “mild” classification, these things are very smooth—smoother even than both Prime Time’s and Swishers. I inhale them as if I were smoking a cigarette, and the smoke goes down nice and easy, making for a relaxing smoke.
The menthol flavor is not overpowering, rather it seems just the right amount—you get a nice taste of both menthol and tobacco. And it’s not just the filter that is menthol-flavored. I smoked one sans filter the other day, and even without the filter, the smoke still had a tasty menthol flavor. I really enjoy these, so much that I probably smoke more of them than I should during the day.
As with every little cigar that I’ve sampled over the last couple years, Smoker’s Best Menthols are made from “predominantly natural tobacco with non-tobacco ingredients added.” And as is the case with every little cigar I’ve smoked, good luck finding out just what these non-tobacco ingredients are.
Interestingly, the pack only contains a Surgeon General’s warning: “Cigars are not a safe alternative to cigarettes.” Nothing is mentioned about risk of various cancers, birth defects, etc. But you’re a smoker, so you should know these risks by now, but I’d think for legal reasons they’d be sure to print a sterner warning.
In addition to the mildness, Smoker’s Best little cigars have another attractive feature: price. I get these from behind the counter of my neighborhood gas station for $1.82, including tax. This means that I can purchase two packs of these for less than I pay for one pack of Prime Time’s. On the downside, however, my local gas station is the only place I’ve ever seen these. I’ve never encountered them at Smoker Friendly, Smoker City, or any other “Smoker” establishment. I’ve also never found them at convenience stores such as 7-Eleven or other convenience store/gas station. So you might have a hard time finding these if you’re in the mood (although I’ve found several smoker websites that sell them online.
Obviously, these aren’t a “serious” cigar. A little cigar that costs less than two bucks a pack can hardly be considered “serious.” However, they are a satisfying guilty pleasure, and if you’re in the mood for a little cigar, and if you can find them, then they’re definitely worth the small price you’ll pay for a pack. So search these out, fellow smokers, and enjoy.
Cigar Name: Smoker''s Best Menthol Little Cigars
Cigar Rating: Smokeable