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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I've heard a lot of mixed opinions about the Por Larrañaga Petit Corona and after reading Jason's review I finally decided to pick up a few. They were bought in Paris as singles so I don't have the box code. I can only tell you that they had a few months of humidor time.
The looks are classic and discreet, the band is siginificantly different from most other Cuban marcas. I won't be surprised if the band suddenly turns red & gold in the years to come. The wrapper doesn't have any visible imperfections and the triple cap is accurately applied. The only reproach I have is that the wrapper is dry.
The construction is globally satisfying, the draw is never too tight, producing nice quantities of slightly greyish ash and the burn line tends to be straight. A couple of times I struggled to keep the cigar lit in the last third and had to relight once.
The pre-draw brings a lot of spice. I didn't wait any longer and easily lit it with a butane lighter. The first pulls are simply amazing - the smoke is deliciously sweet & spice, with a nutty, almond aftertaste. A lot of reviewers talk about honey flavors at this point and I could swear I also detected some - not much though. In the second third, the PLPC deploys solid woody flavors with a spicy aftertaste in the back of the throat. The smoke is less entertaining but still enjoyable. However, in the last third the spice completely disappeared and I started getting harsh leathery notes that I didn't appreciate. I let it die slowly in the ashtray with about one inch left.
At $6 each if bought in a cabinet of 50, they are not that expensive. It is a cigar worth trying.
Overall Rating :
It is very important to determine the optimal aging time for the Por Larranaga Petit Coronas. Mine were obviously too young, I suspect they were from '08. 3-4 years of aging seem to eliminate the final harshness from these sticks. I would be interested to hear your opinions.