Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm (5 1/8 x 42)
Ring : 42
Weight : 8.46 g
Price : ~$300 for a cabinet of 50
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Por Larrañaga is a local brand produced by Habanos S.A. in only three sizes. The petit corona is the thickest at a 42 ring guage. I find this to be an intriguing cigar because I've read many good reviews on it and I get the impression it has a bit of a cult following. This is my second tasting of a Por Larrañaga Petit Corona with the 1st being back January. I expected more from this one since it now had 4 months of humidor time. I am not sure of the box code of this cigar, since it was bought as a single, but I would say it's most likely from early-mid 2007.
This mareva was a little rough looking with a medium brown wrapper that had two large veins, which combined spanned the entire length of the cigar. Other than that the cigar's wrapper and cap seemed well applied, so I didn't anticipate any construction problems. The cigar also had a pleasant slightly sweet aroma.
Overall, this was a pretty well made cigar. The draw was a little too tight for my liking, but was more than manageable. It also burned straight producing a stiff ash and did not require any relights.
This was a rather mild mareva that produced a light cedary taste and a wonderful sweet finish. The smoke was smooth, easily allowing me to exhale through my nose. The cigar developed a pleasant creaminess after the first 1/4, which stuck around until the end. Other than that there was no real change in taste from beginning to end. There was no harshness at all in this cigar, showing it was well aged for a current production stick. It definitely isn't the most complex cigar, but a very pleasant experience nonetheless.
This is a tough category to grade because it just depends... The Por Larrañaga Petit Corona is a little more expensive than its peers in most other marcas. Not sure why it's more expensive than say a Bolivar Petit Corona or an H. Upmann Petit Corona, because it doesn't really have any distinguishing characteristics that set it apart and Por Larrañaga isn't thought of as a luxury brand like Cohiba. So in that respect it isn't really a good value. However, if you compare it to most non-Cuban cigars in this price range it's a great value. It also depends on where you live, as the price of these vary greatly.
Overall Rating :
I would recommend that anyone with access to these try them, mild cigar fans especially. They are a great choice when time is short or you just want a light smoke. It's a shame they only come in cabinets of 50 or I would consider buying a box. I would love to know what 10 years of age would do for this cigar.