Origin : Cuba
Factory Name : Petit Piramide
Size : 5'' (127 mm) x 50
Release : 2009
Country : France
Distributor : Coprova
Price : ~9 € each
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Regional editions... I don't really know whether I love this marketing stunt by Habanos SA. On one hand, it allows me to try out a new cigar (and share my experience with you!) and - who knows - to be completely astonished by its quality. On the other hand, sometimes there's nothing special about a regional release. So far, it's fifty-fifty - some are top quality smokes, like the Bolivar Simones or Ramon Allones Eminencia whereas others are overpriced and almost disappointing. So it was with mixed feelings that I approached this French regional edition, El Rey del Mundo Petit Compania (
is this the right spelling? Cupania? Cumpaña? the right spelling is "Compania") that I found in Ajaccio.
The wrapper has a beautiful pure brown color, the veining is moderate. The cigar feels firm and has an optimal weight. It exhales a pleasant tobacco smell with a little sourness. After I easily cut it, I found a clean draw with a smooth tobacco flavor and a barely perceptible spice.
No torcedore mistake here. I had no problems establishing a regular burn with two wooden matches and, as already stated, the draw is as comfortable as I could wish, allowing me to get respectable amounts of smoke out of the stick. The ash was firm and gave way when it was expected. I can only report a minor burn correction that was needed in the second third.
The beginning brings tons of spice. The cigar is immediately medium-bodied and will remain so until the end. The pepper is tonic, not overwhelming. In this profound and complex smoke the main flavors are roasted and toasted - cedar, nuts and bread. The retro-haling does not uncover new flavors. In the second third, there is some light sweetness in the background, something close to cocoa or chocolate. Near the end, the power escalades and leather flavors make their way in - the mix is exquisite.
9 euros seems like the right price to me. I like the concept of petitization and the petit pyramide format appeals to me.
Overall Rating :
The Petit Compania exceeded my expectations. It has great potential for ageing, but is perfectly ready to be smoked right now, which is quite surprising for a 2009 release. Kudos to Habanos SA!