H. Upmann Petit Corona

H. Upmann Petit Corona

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 8.46 g
Box code : ROA AGO 06
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7 each
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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 : ★★★★☆
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 : ★★★★☆
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 : ★★★★½
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 : ★★★★☆
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 : ★★★★☆
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.

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13 Comments on “H. Upmann Petit Corona”

  1. I’m never smoked a cuban H. Upmann. If I ever get the chance this will probably be the size I go for. I’ve found the petite coronas to be more to my liking. Nice review.

  2. JFK’s favorite smoke! It sounds like they’re still worth hoarding…

  3. Yes this was one of my heros favorite smokes. Great review, I just wish I could get my hands on couple to review but being US citizen, I don’t see it anytime soon. Again great review!

    Stew

  4. I smoke these quite often when I have little to no time – lunch at work, etc. Especially since I live in the east, they’re great for cold morning smokes.

    They are tasty and underrated but certainly not complex. You get what you get . . .

  5. Saint Jimbob says:

    I’d love for someone with access to both Cuban and non-Cuban Upmanns to compare them. The rest of us Yanks in the US will just have to watch and drool.

    The only non-Cuban line of Upmanns that I’ve liked are the Vintage Cameroon.

  6. ShesAllThat says:

    Wow…. is all I can say! Smoked one this weekend and the mentioning of the “ash held well” is true however I personally didn’t get the barnyard smell. A must have in my opinion; creamy, smooth with a slight pepper at the onset.

  7. I got some cheap cigars fro this brand in a sampler pack recently. I was unimpressed but this seems to give some hope for a brand I have limited experience with. Also I have no idea what blend the cigar I had was in case anyone was going to ask.

  8. ShesAllThat says:

    Now I don’t know what to say…. smoked one on Tuesday and found the draw really tight. Yikes, had to draw on a bit just to get the smoke. Just goes to say, right? If this is the case, it’s not the most Feminine smoke!

  9. Saint Jimbob says:

    Kal, I would imagine that the sampler you got had the Dominican versions of the Upmann line. With Indonesian wrappers, it’s like rolling the dice, and the Upmanns are middling at best. At least they aren’t smoldering disasters like the Superiores that CI has been foisting recently. There’s a good reason that La Aurora didn’t put their brand logo on the box for that line.

  10. Ilovekatamari76 says:

    I thought the bands on the Upmann petit corona were the old-style simple brown and white ones? Did they change the bands? Is the picture for this review a mistake? I picked up a few in a shop where I don’t usually shop…fakes?

  11. havanasmoke says:

    Just Fabulous, I just this minute finished one and had to tell the tale. I coup-led it with a Wells, Bombadier Ale and side glass of Drambuie. It was great! the review is spot on, These are wonderful. My favorites are the 46′s with the 50′s a close second and now I am ordering a box of the Petite Coronas. I have both 50′s and 46′s and 12 48′s in my humidor and have got to add a box of these puppies. They are everything and more. It got a little hot near the end and i attribute that to such a good smoke I was not taking my time toward the last 1/3rd. You can do that on a 46 but not on a PC…go slow towards the end and let it cool down. Such a great smoke!

  12. My Review of the H. Upmann Petit Corona

    The Cubans know how to make a damn good petite corona. Just about all of their marças have a PC in their stable.

    This cigar was initially punched, but I may have to clip it as the draw is a bit tight. There is a saltiness to the wrapper which is very common in a Cuban cigar. The flavors are subdued, salt and leather with a tobacco core.

    The burn is even and the salt and pepper ash is a bit flaky.

    This was not an overly complex cigar, but a quarter of the way through I did start to get some anise in the finish and a little bit of coffee. There was also a woodiness that showed up now and again.

    I did have to clip the cigar because the draw was too tight, but other than that no complaints on construction.

    Rating: 88 (B+)

  13. StevenSauce says:

    very disappointing, muted flavors all the way, very little upmann characteristics at all, just plain tobacco taste with a hint here and there.
    might have been a poorly rolled example but not gonna pick up one again considering the half coronas are always excellent.

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