Praising Petit Coronas
Posted: Oct 7, 2011 12:00am ET
reached for a cigar from my tasting humidor today and almost pulled a
muscle. It was six inches long with a ring gauge well north of 60,
perhaps as big as 64. Ultra-fat cigars such as this one are burning up
the charts, selling amazingly well, but count me as a fan of smaller
smokes. While they aren’t huge sellers, most serious smokers I talk to
share my love for small cigars, particularly petit coronas. It’s a size I
find myself reaching for increasingly often.
Here at Cigar Aficionado, we define a petit corona as a cigar measuring no longer than 5 1/4 inches long, and no thicker than 42. The Cuban standard calls for a cigar that measures a shade over 5 inches long with a 42 ring gauge.
When I was in Cuba in February with Marvin R. Shanken and Gordon Mott for the Habanos Festival, we each happened on a five-pack of Partagás Mille Fleurs. These are simple, short Cuban petit coronas but they provide a great little kick for a short smoke. I found myself grabbing one over and over again. Gordon even lit one up immediately after breakfast one day.
Last week, Matt Booth, the man behind the Room 101 cigar brand, came by the office for a visit. I immediately reached for the box of Room 101 Namakubi Papa Chulo cigars that I have in my humidor. These little smokes are ideal for most situations. They are 4 inches long with a ring gauge of 42. They’re short enough for a quick, casual smoke but thick enough to have serious flavor. In short, you can smoke them in just about any occasion. Matt loves them, too.
One of my favorite all-time petits is the Padilla 1932 La Perla. These little cigars came in boxes of 50, and I went through more than a few. When I would open the humidor to select a cigar, that size just called to me—the petit corona size seems to work for just about every occasion.
Don’t get me wrong—I’m not giving up on Double Coronas or Robustos, I love Pyramids and Churchills and lanceros always bring a smile to my face. But more and more often I try to reach for a petit corona.
Do you enjoy petit coronas? And which are your favorites?
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michael lozoya — redlands, ca, usa, — October 7, 2011 7:04pm ET
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