Comprehensive Cigar Reviews

Review By: Matt

Por Larranaga Petit Corona - PC 5.1 X 42




We decided to review a few cigars out of this box which likely needed a little more time down.  Some since the time this review took place would have rated higher but we must stick with this take on the cigar.  We will likely revisit the cigars from this box in a year or so.  The PLPC as it is known, tends to offer a very nice balance of rich flavors at a very economical price.  The PLPC is one of the cigars from this line that is all handmade and is all long filler.  They typically are sold in cabinets of 50 and since they age well, that is the way to buy them!  The box code is EML May 2014 which puts it near 3 years of age at the time of this review.  Can't wait!  


Look and Feel: 

The cigar has a nice look to it with a slight waxy feel, minimal veins, little tooth with a dark chocolate brown color.  The pack is pretty even and fairly full and the cigar is finished with a nice triple cap.  The aroma is a fairly strong barnyard smell but is very plesant.  Prelight draw has a nice medium restriction with a generic earthiness. 


First Half:

At first light with a strong Cuban tobacco and Cuban twang flavor with a light sweet spice.  (Nutmeg)  The flavor of a toasted sourdough bread and a natural sweetness to the Cuban tobacco flavor.  Little hints of caramel are present with hints of cream offering a very smooth opening.  Throughout the third the flavors become well blended with a sweet cream and vegital sweet notes through the nose with fairly thick smoke.  Rich Cuban tobacco flavor is the binding flavor offering a medium full flavor and the strength of nicotine is less than medium.  The finish is moderate in length with moderate spices keeping the cigar taste as a smooth one.  Very good half keeping you wanting more!


Second Half:

During the second half the spice picked up quite of bit mainly on the finish.  Slight black pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The transitions are few and minor but the earth notes mix more in the second third with that Cuban tobacco taste.  The sweetness moved to the background with the richness taking over.  The ash and draw perform well and the cigar's burn time is pretty slow for this size cigar.  Through the nose you get a nice vegital sweetness and some white pepper but little in the mouth draw.  Sometimes you get hints of caramel and sweet cream but much less than the first half.  The cigar performed very well and it makes you wanting more


Summary:

This cigar performed well but better in the first half.  I have had others since this review out of this box that were better but I think they need more age.  That said, this is still a high performing cigar for review with rich flavors and nice sweet notes mainly in the first half.  The spices are moderate and mainly on the finish but the profile keeps it smoothness throughout. If you like this profile and like that rich Cuban twang this is a great cigar for the price...buy a box of 50 so you can age them!


Look & Feel:
88


Construction:
90

Flavor & Balance:

92

Value:
94

Overall Rating:

91


 

Another very old brand in the world, Por Larranaga was formed in 1834 and is know for a wide variety of product levels.  The profiles tend to offer natural sweet notes with that dark Cuban tobacco flavor (twang).  This line offers some machine made, some short filler, and some long filler cigars.  One thing is for sure, the Por Larranaga brand offers great flavors for their price-point.

Review By: Matt

Look & Feel
Wrapper quality, smell from the wrapper, smell from the foot, box presentation, and color of wrapper.

 

Construction
Burn quality, draw quality, heat on the draw, quality of the wrapper, and cap construction.

 

Flavor & Balance
Overall flavor of the cigar, balance of flavors, strength to body balance, and complexity.


Value
Value taking the quality vs. the market vs. the market price


Overall Rating
Taking all aspects into consideration we rate based on the quality of the cigar and the quality of the experience. 




Por Larranaga  (Cuba)

70-80 Points - Poor to Fair          81-90 Points - Fair to Good          91-96 - Excellent          97-100 - Epic

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