As expected, the pre-light experience was pretty similar between these two vitolas. The Short Panatela looked a little rougher, but nothing too drastic. Getting into the smoking experience, they both started off with a blast of cinnamon, but the Short Panatela seemed to allow that defined flavor to last longer through the first third. They both shared some primary flavors of cream and wood. The Petit Corona had some drying smoke which the Short Panatela didn’t.
In the second third, the two cigars matched up with the wood and cream, but the Short Panatela also carried some coffee with it. The Short Panatela still didn’t show the bitterness that the Petit Corona did. There was a bit of minerality and pine that came into the second half of the Short Panatela.
In the final third, both cigars were plagued with bitterness, but the Petit Corona more so. There was some charred wood that would peek around the bitterness at times. The retrohale on both cigars was pretty much unaffected by the bitterness as they both were creamy and woody the entire time.
The burn on both cigars was fantastic. Razor sharp without the slightest variance. They both had good ash retention and provided good smoke output The draw on the Petit Corona was slightly tighter than I prefer, but still very good, while the Short Panatela’s draw was perfect for me.
Between the two vitolas, the Short Panatela is my favorite. The level and fullness of the cinnamon was better and the bitterness was only present in the final third. This isn’t to say that the Petit Corona is bad, the flavors just weren’t as full to me and the longer presence of the bitterness was a detractor. I think a little bit of humidor time will help both of these cigars out and increase the enjoyment level.