What do i know about this cigar? Nothing, except that it’s a private label for a Portuguese company that imports cigars to Portugal and that it’s made by Plasencia, who makes a lot of cigars for a lot of people.
The cigar looks cute, it’s small, it’s pretty, the finish is nice with a pretty dark and smooth wrapper. Even though the size is small, the aroma isn’t, the cigar has a strong stable aroma. The construction is a bit spongy. The predraw is fine, I taste some sweet raisin and some pepper. Too bad about the cheap looking simple band, this cigar deserves better and the score for appearance would have been higher with a classy band.
The cigar starts with a full and strong coffee flavor with some pepper, soon accompanied by wood and spices, I’m surprised by this start, pleasantly surprised I might add.
After a centimeter the cigar gets more pungent, I taste cayenne pepper, although the sharp edges fade away soon. The flavors turn to wood and spices but halfway the pepper return. After that it’s more of the same, only the spices like cinnamon, come and go. There is not much development, unfortunately.
The draw is fine and I get a decent amount of full thick smoke. The burn needed a touch up or two. The ash is frayed, light gray and unfortunately not firm. This small cigar, a size I like, lasted me for an hour.
Would I buy this cigar again? No, the start was good but the finish
Smoke & ash: 7
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 6
In last weeks review, I explained how I got these pre-release Joya cigars, and the double robusto blew me away. Today I decided to light the petit corona from the same blend to see if it’s just as good the double robusto.
I like smaller ringed cigars but I must admit, the appearance of the double robusto looks more impressing than this petit corona. This cigar still looks awesome, dark, not many veins, beautiful and big band, triple cap. The stable smell is amazing. Predraw is perfect and I taste raisin.
I taste coffee with pepper and some sweetness, lots of coffee. The sweetness is replaced with a citrus sourness, nice and fresh.After a third its wood and pepper, amazing how different a blend can taste in another vitola. Pepper slowly gets stronger with a herbal aftertaste. Halfway the nutty flavor I tasted in the double robusto shows up.
It’s mostly pepper from this point, with some wood and some nuts. Wood grows in strength, nuts are gone, pepper is still there. Cigar can’t be nubbed like the double robusto. One last blast of pepper and it’s done
The draw is fine and the smoke is thick. Not as white and thick as the double robusto, but still more than acceptable. The ash is silver gray and reasonable firm. The burn is razor sharp. The cigar lasted me 55 minutes.
Would I buy this again? Yes, for the shorter smoke opportunities, but when I have plenty time I’ll go for the double robusto, which surprises me because of my love for smaller ring gauges.
Smoke & ash: 8
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 7
The Placensia made Don Duarte cigars are new to the Dutch market, I smoked all three available blends so far, including the Don Duarte reserva series robusto. Now I smoked the Don Duarte reserva shorty, a 4½x46 petit corona. This cigar has a price tag of € 5,90.
The wrapper is nice, dark and oily with a beautiful crest on the band. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell and a great construction, The predraw is fine, I taste tobacco with some pepper.
I taste toast, pepper and some coffee with a mild sweetness, something like French toast. I never tasted this before in a cigar and I like it. The flavors soon change to flavors I recognize as earth, coffee and something I can’t recognize but I like it anyway. After an inch I taste soft wood with nutmeg.
After a third the cigar gets a bit spicy in the aftertaste with some green pepper. Halfway I taste creamy chocolate with nutmeg and a peppery aftertaste. Near the end I taste more pepper.
This cigar lasted me for forty-five minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is compact and firm. The burn is great. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I like all Don Duarte cigars.
Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10