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Cigar of The Year.. The Corona

Cigar of The Year.. The Corona

By Dan Genkin December 16, 2016

Coronas are usually straight-sided cigars, and most have an open foot for lighting and need to be cut before smoking. The Corona is generally the benchmark size against which all other sizes are measured. They may be either round or box-pressed. Traditional dimensions are roughly 5 1/2 to 6 inches with a ring gauge of 42 to 44. Here are our TOP THREE selections.

1.)  Bolivar Corona Extra Cuba (2006) This cigar was as close to perfect as you can get! The draw was balanced and smooth throughout with just a hint of "pull". The burn was consistently even and the ash was the classic Cuban grey. Flavor was on point with honey toasted oats, wheat bread and bits of graham cracker. In the one and a half hour smoking time, I was never disappointed.

 Score: 97 out of 100

2.) Illusion ECCJ (2016): What the hell is an ECCJ? It’s bad ass and that's all you need to know. This cigar couldn't be more unassuming-- basic band with a velvety, golden wrapper. Add flame and this cigar comes out swinging. Medium-bodied, but heading towards full, this cigar changes flavors more than a drunk driver changes lanes. Extra bonus: if price is a consideration when choosing your cigars, this is easily one of the best values.

Score: 94 out of 100

3.) Partagas Corona Junior (1966): This cigar is everything that I love about well aged cigars. The spice isn't gone, but it's just lingering backstage. Ammonia has long since left the building and that leaves behind plenty of space for the subtle flavors of walnut, pencil lead, and dried wood to emerge. The draw is perfect and the burn line is razor sharp. For a cigar of this vintage, it packed so much more power than I expected.

Score: 94 out of 100

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