There’s nothing like a fat blunt to end (or start) your days, decompress after work, or cement a perfect moment in time. Between the sweet, mellow flavor of the leaf and the cannon of smoke that’s created from a not-too-tight roll, the effect is unique in its headiness when compared to joints, bowls, and even bongs (not that we don’t love those, too) -- something to spark up on a special occasion.
The thing about blunts is that they create the issue of having to pick a vessel to wrap up your smokables, and we all know that decision-making is not always easy when stoned and choices are ample. Younger pot-puffers might prefer to use blunt wraps to get their roll on, but old-school potheads understand that the full-on “blunt experience” stretches beyond the rolling, smoking and subsequent high, and also encompasses the ritualistic gutting and prepping of a proper cigar before any of that magic gets to happen.
The following are what master blunt-rollers prefer to use when practicing their art. It’s hard to argue if any one is better than the next (although I’m sure many of you will), since blunt preference is largely based on where you live and what you grew up smoking (or started burning as a responsible adult). So, while a grape Swisher may be gross to your friend in New York, its taste could conjure up feelings of unparalleled nostalgia every time you blaze one up, making them your fave. That said, it never hurts to try new things, so don’t be afraid to test out some of these other types out if you never have.
No more nonsense; let’s get to the cigars:
Hailing from the City of Brotherly Love and originally introduced by an actual pair of brothers in 1910, Phillies produces cigars in an assortment of flavors and sizes, the most famous being blunts. They’re super easy to roll: just split ‘em, gut ‘em, fill em, slobber ‘em up, and make sure you don’t twist them too tight. If you find the taste of original flavor to be too assy, opt for the sweeter strawberry or peach ones.
An East Coast favorite, Dutches are longer than Phillies, but equally unappealing when it comes to their original, old-man-scented flavor. Their soft, outer leaves add an extra step in dismantling them, but it’s fun and therapeutic to take them off once you master it (a sharp blade or long nails helps). Those outer leaves could also come in mighty handy should the inner leaf suffer from any tears or puncture wounds due to shaky hands or sloppy technique, making them potential saving graces to your smoke session. Don’t bother with the Corona Sports flavor and opt instead for the tastier Palmas (aka “Vanilla Dutches” even though Dutch Masters makes a flavor they actually call “vanilla”) that come in the blue wrapper -- people claim they burn slower than other cigars. And, if you can find them, honey and green-leaf Dutch Masters offer a sweeter alternative.
White Owl Cigarillos
Suppose you really want to smoke a blunt, but you’re by yourself and don’t feel like rolling up a monster fatty just to blaze one to your dome. That’s when cigarillos come into play. If you can master rolling them with the limited amount of leaf space, you’ll get the ideal size blunt for a solo smoke. The best choice among White Owl cigarillos is the lick-smacking white grape flavor, as blueberry tastes too artificial and strawberry and peach are boring. If you can find a pineapple White Owl in the regular blunt size, it’s worth breaking up the extra kush to try it.
With roots dating back to the 1860s, this is one of America’s longest running and most successful cigar companies in history, and people enjoy smoking Swisher blunts in over 90 countries. The sweets have sublime flavor, and the wine-flavored cigars pair perfectly with a full-bodied Cabernet or Syrah. Grape Swisher cigarillos aren’t too bad, either, especially when they comes in a pack of five for the price of three.
Some people swear that these are the chronic of blunt cigars, and they might be right; after all, these come from Garcia Y Vega, which you might remember for the green-leaf cigars they used to make that came in flashy, green plastic tubes. You can’t go wrong with vanilla or white grape Games filled with fluffy, aromatic haze, and you can mix it up with original grape Games stuffed with fruity Grape Ape for a change of pace.
Optimo cigars are made by Swisher International (betcha didn’t know that), and they come in grape, peach, sweet, and icy mint flavors. They’re stubby compared to Game and Dutch Masters cigars, and you can roll them like a Phillie or a Dutch, depending on your personal style.
These cigars are marked by their rustic appearance, which features frayed ends, a slightly conical shape, and unfinished heads. Their flavor is intense and great for blunts, but it takes a masterly roller to skill one just right. True connoisseurs can order special flavors online, including vanilla, grape, wild rum, and banana, but in-store varieties like honey-berry, sweet aromatic, and black n’ sweet are equally pleasing for a midday OG kush sesh.