Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Cigar Review: Por Larrañaga Petit Coronas (AME JUN-13)


I'm not going to bore you all with an introduction. People either love this petit corona or can't stand it. There is no way of convincing people to love it if they hate it, and if you love it you will never be disappointed. This petit corona is the Por Larrañaga Petit Coronas.





A Habano that has been on the market for a long long time, the Petit Coronas is your standard petit corona and measures 129 mm (5.1") with a 42 ring gauge. They are composed of tobacco from the Vuelta Abajo region in Pinar del Rio, and are made in Habana at La Corona. They come in cabinets of 50, and they are slid lid cabinets. For a period of time they came in 25 count boxes, but that was discontinued. With a very light colored wrapper, almost a Colorado Claro, the Habano comes with a nice triple cap and is firm throughout. The antique golden band blends in with the wrapper, and it make for a presentation that is not stellar. There is a little bit of tooth present on the wrapper and it has some major veins throughout. The aroma at the foot is that of tobacco, sweet soft spices, floral, and herbal notes. There is a little bit of brown sugar present, and the wrapper is showing a natural tobacco and leather aroma.


The first third begins by showing some lovely floral qualities and it is paired with some nice grassy, hay, and sweet sugar notes. There are some tobacco flavors present as well, and it has a nice sweetness from earthy tones as well. There is a sweet peppery spice finish and this is a terrific opening to a great petit corona. It is very balanced and flavor focused as a Habano and any great cigar should be. I would say that it is smoking around a medium level in terms of flavors, and the body and strength are right there as well. The finish is fairly long as well, and it is a flavor profile that does not leave your palate. The construction thus far has been terrific as well and it is showing an even burn line with a firm dark charcoal colored ash on the end. The draw is cool as well, and a nice bit of smoke is produced.


I am in the second third of the Habano now and I am finding that it is showing some minor additions in flavors. I am picking up an herbal quality now which is pairing with the floral and grassy notes from before. It still has some sweetness to it, and it is present in some sugar and sweet spice flavors. There is a touch of coffee present on the finish, and it is paired with a nice cedar and leather profile. So far, a very flavorful Habano and a terrific petit corona. Everything is smoking at a medium level, and the body and strength are matching the flavor profile perfectly. There is a reason I stand behind this smoke, and it is because of how they smoke consistently. The construction is top notch in this third and it is showing  an even burn line with that charcoal ash on the end. The draw is firm but to my liking, and it is smoking cool while giving off a nice bit of smoke.
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The final third produces a flavor profile that is fairly similar to that of the second third and it is showing some nice herbal, floral, and tobacco flavors. There is a creaminess present with the Habano, and it has some touches of grass present as well. The spice has faded completely, but it is still on the sweeter side of things. It is very balanced and light, and the finish on the Habano is smooth and easy. I would classify it as being just under medium in all categories in this third, and it is a nice finish. I believe age will do wonders to this blend, and even at this age it is smoking very well. The construction is top notch throughout this third and it is showing an even burn line with that charcoal ash on the end. The draw is cool, giving off a nice bit of smoke, and it is a very smooth smoking experience. I smoke it down to the nub, and when done I grab for another.


I love this vitola and I find that they can smoke well young but do great with age. You age these Habanos for at least seven years and they smoke like no other. There is a complex flavor profile that comes with the brand and it shows a nice bit of sweet spice, floral, and coffee notes. There are some hay and grass qualities with that as well, and it delivers a flavor profile that is very unique and unlike anything else. The brand has always been a brand that is consisted of small offerings, and until recently the Petit Coronas was the largest offering. It is consistently being used as a regional edition, and I find that the regionals are slightly different while still showing some sweetness that comes with the brand. Very affordable, and coming in cabinets of 50, these are great smokes to have at anytime, and you can smoke some now and age the rest. I have yet to smoke the Picadores, but as of right now this is my favorite in the brand. I give them a young rating of 84-90, it can vary, and an aged rating of 90-92.


Young Rating: Varies
With Age Rating: 90-92