We approve, though, because it’s a corona (yay!) and also part of the new breed of light-wrapped cigars that are definitely not your grandfather’s idea of Connecticut Shade. The 5¼ inch by 45 ring gauge format is little plump for a corona, and only a digit away in girth from being technically a corona gorda. Yet here it is, and we’ll take it. In today’s working-from-home world, your former 45-minute commute can be reimagined as extra cigar time. While nine bucks is on the high side these days considering the economic fallout all around us, it’s hardly outrageous considering Davidoff still charges $13 for a 4½ x 41 petit corona. (You keep on being you, Davidoff…we’ll meet again someday when people have jobs.)
It resists being lit just a little, but once you get it going, the draw is very good and you’re immediately hit with Nicaraguan spice and Honduran earthiness smoothed out by that little hit of Dominican leaf and that mellow but flavorful-looking wrapper. It’s bready in texture, with a cake-like mouthfeel, a ginger-beer tingle on the tongue and hints of cocoa and leather. Grandpa might shit himself if you played the old switcheroo with one of these instead of his usual Ashton. It’s bold but still medium in strength, with a full-ish body and a long aftertaste. Trust us, if you’re hankering for a bite-sized chunk of new age Connecticut goodness, this is your idea of a good time. Fill your pimp cup to the brim with your favorite bev, don your finest animal print bathrobe and spark one of these beauties up during the time you’d normally spend fighting traffic. How’s that for a better start to your day—and a big bright spot during quarantine?
F: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Honduras
A quarantine treat all around. The beautiful Colorado-hued wrapper hugs a three-country blend that produces snappy, ginger like spice and a range of flavors from sweet to earth.