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Praising Petit Coronas

I 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?

"I too feel import challenged but enjoy finding a smaller but tasty smoke especially as the weather get colder and yet I still want to smoke outside." —November 2, 2011 12:57 PM
"I smoke petites coronas almost exclusively. Actually Monte 5's and Upmann petite coronas are always on hand. " —October 30, 2011 04:06 AM
"Great topic David, I too enjoy the Partagas Mille Fleurs until on a recent trip to Cuba where i happened upon Ramon Allones Small Club Corona. Creamy, smooth and just strong enough. " —October 17, 2011 15:14 PM
"well, for us import challenged people, the Ashton VSG Tres, makes a great smoke in the size you speak of." —October 15, 2011 13:13 PM
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"Hi Dave, im out here in New Zealand im paying $18.00 for a punch petit corona is that high?, just wana say love the website keep the videos rolling, i just smoked an H Uppman corona senior it was great again $22.00 NZ dollars is this good??? Cheers " —October 13, 2011 00:36 AM
"Tatuaje Petite Cazadores..... so good!" —October 11, 2011 06:47 AM
"Monte 4s are fun smokes. They make so many that sometimes they aren't spot on, but they are typically very good and on occasion they are superb. " —October 10, 2011 13:52 PM
"Having a monti #4 right now as a matter of fact! (first one, and it's great!) " —October 10, 2011 10:28 AM
"I love Monte number 4's and Cohiba Siglo 2's but i find i smoke more than one or two in a single sitting. A box doesn't last me as long as a box or Robustos or Churchills." —October 9, 2011 01:34 AM
"R&J Petit Corona in Paris from La Casa de Habanos on St. Germain. " —October 8, 2011 16:21 PM
"I like a Monte 4 just long enough for a strong coffee" —October 7, 2011 19:04 PM