Por Larrañaga Petit Corona

Por Larrañaga Petit Corona

Origin : CubaPor Larranaga
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

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.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★☆
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.

Construction : Rating: ★★★★☆
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.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★½☆
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.

Value : Rating: ★★★★☆
At $6 each if bought in a cabinet of 50, they are not that expensive. It is a cigar worth trying.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★½☆
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.