Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 8.46 g
Box code : ROA AGO 06
Price : ~$7 each
This Cuban Petit Corona measures in at 5.125 inches x 42 ring guage. I have had a few from this particular box, but this is the 1st time that I have disected one for an in depth review and the 1st one I have smoked in about 4 months.
Appearance : Rating:
This cigar has a nice milk chocolate brown wrapper and a slightly squared box-pressed shape. The wrapper is rustic looking with some veins and it feels a little lumpy to the touch. It has that Cuban “barnyard smell” mixed in with a little cedar.
Construction : Rating:
The wrapper on this cigar was well applied. At no time did it crack or become loose. Once smoked this cigar showed that it was superbly made, one of the best made cigars I have had recently. The draw was perfect, it burned straight, the ash held well, and it did not burn hot or swell at any point.
Flavor : Rating:
This cigar was smooth upon lighting with flavors of earthiness and subtle spiciness. I was able to exhale this cigar through the nose rather easily. Once I smoked this cigar 1/3 of the way down I could begin to detect caramel flavors in the smoke, which intensified until the last 1/3. I was also able to distinguish a distinct corojo taste in this cigar, moreso than most other Cubans I have had. This seems to be common to the Upmann marque. The complexity of flavors in this petit corona was impressive and the taste remained consistent throught the smoke. No curveballs here.
Value : Rating:
This cigar is priced right in line with most of all the other Cuban petit coronas, but I consider the Upmann Petit Corona to be one of the best of the bunch. It does a nice job of packing big cigar flavor in a small package. In that regard I think it is a good value.
Overall Rating : Rating:
I think that this is an underrated cigar that doesn’t get the press that it deserves. It was a nicely complex smoke considering its relatively young box date and can be had for a reasonable price. I feel this is an excellent choice to those new to smoking Habanos and anyone looking for a solid go-to cigar when time is an issue.