In general, Partagás is a hit and miss brand for me, with a ridiculous amount of releases in the marca to experience. Partagás is a brand that really has so many releases in the smaller ring gauges, it is easy to overlook so many different releases, as the Shorts and Super Partagás sizes are popular and enjoyable. This has led me to search out the different offerings and really see what differences lie in the blends. The Partagás Petit Coronas Especiales is the perfect size for me, but a release I never got to given my affinity for the others in the line. The size is reminiscent of Montecristo No. 4 and Bolivar Petite Corona, two other phenomenal releases, so I was excited I found this buried in one of my humidors from a trade with a fellow reviewer.
Dry Draw: Dried fruit
First Third: Heavy earth notes and complex spices assaulted my palate, confusing the note pad at first with power over definition. I was surprised how much punch the Petit Coronas Especiales had. The finish was heavy front of mouth, with the spice present from front to back, and an incredibly long finish. Cigars like this make their expensive counterparts irrelevant really. The draw brought hints of sugar, with a distinct change from draw to exhale. As I brought smoke in, the Petit Coronas Especiales brought notes of sweet cream to the palate, while the retrohale and exhale brought full bodied notes of pepper and earth.
Second Third: The balance between the sweet cream and pepper started to even out. The Petit Coronas Especiales really was one of the fuller Habanos I can remember. The spice notes settled into cumin for my tastes, with some darker musk notes hitting the nose. The earth and sweet cream still persisted, with espresso notes arriving towards the finale. The finish and sweet cream notes continued to impress.
Final Third: The sweet cream took over the balance of the flavor profile, and the Petit Coronas Especiales continued on a complex journey for such a young cigar. The cumin was heavy on the finish, while my nose burned strong. The finish continued to be long an enjoyable, from the first draws the final draws. I did detect some green notes at the end, which may have either been the youth, or my exuberance in chugging down the pleasant surprise.
Construction: No complaints
Final Thoughts: The Partagás Petit Coronas Especiales was very impressive, and further solidifies my venture back into the smaller ring gauge cigars. A release like this is so different and full bodied, that I would guess the PCE will age incredibly. The blend itself is a wonderful full bodied change up, that provides quite a different experience then a normal Partagás blend, or any Habanos blend for that matter. I would suggest the PCE after a spicy ethnic meal, or paired with a rye or IPA as the finish could cut through a block of wood it was so good. To me, you cannot beat the inexpensive releases from Habanos in the cigar world period. Times like this make the more expensive larger sizes seem like a waste of money.