When was the last time you smoked a Corona? From what I've observed since I've been in this business, it seems like the Corona has taken a back seat to other sizes, mostly larger sizes such as the Robusto at 5" x 50 and the Toro at 6" x 50. I have some of my own ideas about why this may be the case, which I'll touch on later, but for this issue I thought I'd point out some of the finer aspects of these very flavorful cigars.
Interestingly enough, the Corona (Spanish for "crown") is the only cigar shape that has the most size variations. For example, there's the Petit Corona (5" x 42), the Corona Extra (5½" x 46), the Long Corona (6" x 42), the Corona Grande (6½" x 46), the Giant Corona (7½ " x 44), and the Double Corona (7¾" x 49).
What's so great about Coronas?
As I noted above, Coronas don't seem to enjoy the recognition they had before the 5" x 50 Robusto shape took-off in popularity during the 1990's. According to an article I read by James Suckling, former editor and Cuban cigar reporter for Cigar Aficionado, most of the cigars Cubans were smoking in the1990s were "lonsdales and coronas." My theory is that today cigar smokers feel they are getting more cigar for their buck with a Robusto for around the same price, and the thicker shape offers arguably more flavor. Additionally, some manufacturers don't even offer Coronas anymore in their new line extensions.
Economics aside, there are some nice advantages to Coronas. As I wrote on CigarAdvisor.com a couple of years ago, one of the best shapes for tasting what the 'Master Blender' intended is the Corona. This could be why Coronas were so popular in Cuba for so many years. Because Coronas have a smaller ring gauge, you get more flavor from the wrapper leaf. A Corona can be consumed in a relatively reasonable amount of time. Combine that with a great blend and you've got the makings of a wonderful experience, like the Coronas featured here.
How to properly light a cigar
The Corona is not only a good shape for trying a new brand, its smaller ring-size makes it a little easier to light. So before you light, get it right. The preferred fire of choice is the torch lighter, which has a blue pinpoint flame. The advantage torch lighters have over matches, Bics, etc., is that you can toast and light the cigar more accurately. And since it takes longer to light cigars, torch lighters not only save time, they save burned fingers, too.
- Hold the cigar out in front of you
- Position the foot of the cigar above the flame and try not to touch the flame to the tobacco
- Toast the foot starting at the edges, and work toward the center while slowly rotating the cigar
- Gently blow on the foot to make it glow
- Repeat steps 3 & 4 as necessary until the entire foot of the cigar is glowing evenly across
- Puff gently to avoid tar build-up which can cause bitterness
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