Cigar Aficionado

Bolivar Petit Corona
Petit Corona
91
points
Cuba
Cuba
42 42
Full
Full
Tasting Note
It’s hard to find a short cigar that delivers plenty of richness and flavors, even in Cuba. However, the 5 by 42 Bolivar Petit Corona has nearly always delivered just that, with the exception of a bland period from about 1998 to 2002. Don’t buy the product of those years. Current production is a whole different story. We prefer the cigars in cedar cabinets of 50, but those that come in standard paper boxes of 25 are also excellent. Blast one of these babies with your morning java and you’ll understand the meaning of the phrase “size doesn’t matter,” especially with a good Habano.
Body Full
Size Petit Corona
Ring Gauge 42
Length 5 1/8"
Filler Cuba
Binder Cuba
Wrapper Cuba
Issue Cigar Aficionado – N/A
Price £7.20
Box DateOct. 2004
Designation Top 25 of 2005 | Rank: 19
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2009 | Score: 89

Semi-box pressed with a lightly colored wrapper and nice cap. The draw and burn are notably uneven, but the cigar still produces medium-bodied peppery, nutty flavors with a leathery finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2007 | Score: 91

Lushly colored with good oils, this veinless cigar burns well. Complex coffee, cocoa and spicy notes frame a toasty core. An uncommon Calvados note complements the spicy finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2007 | Score: 89

A very attractive cigar with a lush wrapper and well-made cap. Despite a tight draw, pleasant notes of cedar, spice and roasted meat still come through with a woody finish. A medium- to full-bodied smoke.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2005 | Score: 91

An attractive little cigar with a good cap and an excellent draw. The smoke is toasty and rich, with some earth, coffee bean and nuts. The medium- to full-bodied smoke has hints of ligero leaf but remains balanced.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Mar 08, 2005 | Score: 91

This crinkly, oily smoke has a nice cap. It has a fine draw and burn. It builds in strength and is loaded with flavor, including coffee, almond and cocoa. The finish is rife with tobacco and toasty notes.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2003 | Score: 88

Oily and dark, this cigar is earthy and cedary, with a note of licorice. It's chewy and spicy.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2002 | Score: 85

A rough cigar with a poorly fitted cap. The draw is full. It's intensely cedary, with some harsh, papery elements to the smoke. Medium bodied.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Nov 01, 2001 | Score: 88

This is a good-looking cigar with a nice cap. It's earthy and nutty, with hints of cream and grass. A rich finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: May 01, 2001 | Score: 88

This reddish little cigar has a well-finished cap, with a silky, dark wrapper. It burns well, but it's rather coarse, with burnt wood notes and a hint of wheat. A bold cigar with some flaws.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Aug 01, 1999 | Score: 86

A rustic cigar, with a wrinkled wrapper but a good cap. It's rich and toasty, with hints of burnt caramel and cedar. Full-bodied, but finishes thin. Box date: March 1999.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Nov 01, 1997 | Score: 90

Although this cigar is a little young, it has excellent spice notes, including a hint of nutmeg, with sweet undertone of cocoa beans. Good balance.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 1995 | Score: 87

A well-made, medium-bodied cigar with a good draw. It has some strong elements of coffee and a hint of spice. But it has a flat finish.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale