June 22, 2009
Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 8.46 g
Price : ~$130 for a box of 25
I acquired a couple of these tubos in a B&M cigar shop in Geneva, Switzerland. I can’t really explain the reason behind this purchase as there were more attractive cigars on the shelves… I probably thought that I might finally be able to find a Cuban tubo that I’ll like. I think that I’ll have to keep looking.
Appearance : [rating:3/5]
The Coronation wouldn’t win any beauty prizes, that’s for sure. With its rather rustic-looking wrapper with noticeable imperfections, it’s not the prettiest Habanos creation. The pre-light smell is plain tobacco and the pre-draw, tighter than I would have liked, is earthy.
Construction : [rating:3.5/5]
I already mentioned the tight draw that I observed on both specimens I had. I also noticed that the burn was way too slow, which is not good news if you prefer smoking slowly – you might have to relight your cigar a couple of times. You should also note that the construction seems to be very irregular as I’ve read other reviews complaining about the abundance of smoke (in my case, the amount of smoke was just satisfying) and the overly fast burn.
Flavor : [rating:3/5]
First of all, the Coronation does not pretend to be a complex smoke. I suspect that my cigars were from 07-08 as they turned out to be quite strong in the beginning, with a powerful earthy flavor and an insignificant amount of spice in the background. The cigar follows its logical progression with the flavors increasing in power. Simultaneously, leather notes are introduced into the bouquet. Unfortunately, the last third was short of overwhelming and as I struggled to keep the cigar lit, the smoke became harsh, leaving an unpleasant aftertaste.
Value : [rating:2/5]
Positioned as a value cigar, it doesn’t have the most important quality all budget sticks must boast – the consistency. If I had to choose a cheaper everyday cigar, I’d go with a Partagas Mille Fleurs instead, for example.
Overall Rating : [rating:2.5/5]
The Coronation is not the most interesting offering in the Hoyo de Monterrey line. Unfortunately, once again, I didn’t care for a Cuban tubo… Perhaps 3-4 years of aging will make this harshness disappear – unless I’m sure of that and of the fact that the construction is reliable, I’d avoid buying a box.
May 1, 2014
Very tight draw completely lacking in flavors earthy half way through and a disappointing last third which is a shame as I was really lookin forward to a nice smoke…
January 19, 2013
I don’t contradict myself because the overly fast burn was an issue I found in _other_ reviews of this cigar. In my case, it was way too slow. On the other hand, I think I really need to revisit this cigar. Thank you for your comment.
January 17, 2013
Denis, you contradict your self by stating the “slow”, then adding the “fast” burn.
This is a great brand. Don’t just take my word for it. I think what you had may have been too wet. Higher altitudes also play a role here. Explains the relight issues.
Thanks for the review though.
June 23, 2009
I always enjoy your reviews! You are honest in each and every one, so much so that you save other’s from making a bad purchase of expensive cuban cigars. Thank you
June 22, 2009
I’ve only had one of these so far but the one I had was a decent smoke. No draw issues and a very good burn. The flavor was nice with a bit of edginess. Curious to see if the others I have perform the same as I see their seem to be inconsistencies.
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