H. Upmann Petit Corona

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1 review for H. Upmann Petit Corona

  1. Jason

    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
    Price : ~$7 each

    Today’s review is written by Jason, our newest contributor. Enjoy!

    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:4/5]
    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:4/5]
    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:4.5/5]
    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:4/5]
    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:4/5]
    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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    • Martin Nordaas

      This is a very pleasing cigar, I always keep smiling to this little thing.
      At first I thought it was inferior to the somewhat larger and much dearer Noellas, but maybe not.
      H.Upmanns will keep coming to my humidors, they’re great.

    • Greg

      Unfortunately, this cigar is on the Habanos 2017 kill list. Sad to see this one go away.

    • Rob P

      Having recently tried these would say it is nice looking rustic cigar with plumes of smoke. I found it a little bland until final third when there was a good earthy/pepper aroma and taste.

    • Seedeater56

      I’d opt for “very pleasant” rather than “wow”. Exquisitely made. Peppery start, very easy draw (I use a ¼ inch punch, these leave a clean hole and no risk of peeling). If anything, I found the smoke got fresher, like a waft of eucalyptus, as it progressed. Continues mild until the end nub with only minimal heat. A good starter cigar, but, good as it tasted, it still didn’t quite get in with the Trinidad Reyes or my all time favourite, the Montecristo 5. As to value, hmmm, they don’t come cheap in the UK, but certainly a must for any lover of the half corona/Perla size.

    • Don Jose

      Two thumbs up. This has always been a solid performer in my experience. Never any construction issues, good draw and burn, and the flavor is earthy, spicy, and consistent throughout. I wouldn’t characterize it as complex, but it’s certainly not a two-dimensional smoke either.

    • StevenSauce

      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.

    • Zen Cigar

      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+)

    • havanasmoke

      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!

    • Ilovekatamari76

      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?

    • Saint Jimbob

      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.

    • ShesAllThat

      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!

    • Kalutika

      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.

    • ShesAllThat

      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.

    • Saint Jimbob

      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.

    • LCR-54

      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 . . .

    • JMulley “Stew”

      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!


    • cigarfan

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

    • Jason T

      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.

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Cigar Region Cuba
Filler Cuban
Wrapper Cuba
Binder Cuba
Length 5 1/8
Ring Gauge 42
Vitola Petit Corona
Construction Hand Made