Personal Cigar Review: Micallef Migdalia Corona Extra

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Cigar Details: Micallef Migdalia Corona Extra

  • Vitola: Corona Extra
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 46
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Habano
  • Binder: Sumatra
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Micallef
  • Blender: Joel Gómez Sanchez
  • Price: $9.00
  • Release Date: July 2019
  • Source: Micallef

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Micallef Migdalia Corona Extra is medium brown and has a few slightly raised veins present. The seams are easily visible as they are also slightly raised. The head is finished with a well applied triple cap. The band has the company name and logo with a lower portion that carries the line name in gold with a burgundy background. The aroma from the wrapper is a fairly full barnyard funk while the foot brings leather and sweet hay. The pre-light draw is a golden hay note.

First Third

The cigar begins with toasted oak, light mustiness and concentrated baking spice. At a quarter inch in, the baking spice mellows to a non-concentrated level. At three quarters of an inch in, the toasted oak and mustiness are quite full and the oak just has a slight lead while some baking spice remains in the background. The retrohale has a slight baking spice kick initially, but the toasted oak takes over right after. At an inch and a half, the baking spice leaves as the mustiness lightens a bit. The third finished with the toasted oak up front and the mustiness not too far behind. The strength in this third was right at medium.

Second Third

The second third begins with a continuation of the toasted oak and mustiness. At three quarters of an inch in, a slight char joins the profile. At an inch in, a slight chalkiness joins the profile as the char departs. The retrohale is toasted oak and light chalkiness. As the third comes to a close, the profile is toasted oak that once again has a light char with mustiness right behind and faint chalkiness in the background. The strength remains at medium.

Final Third

The final third starts with a continuation of the toasted and charred oak with mustiness right behind while the chalkiness has left the profile. At a half inch in, the toasted note leaves the oak while the char remains. At three quarters of an inch in, a light bitterness joins the profile. The retrohale is charred oak and mustiness. At an inch in, a vegetal note joins the profile. At an inch and a half, the char and bitterness leave the profile. As the cigar comes to a close, the profile is musty oak and light vegetal note. The strength remained at medium.

Burn

The burn line was slight wavy throughout. The cigar went out twice in the second third and once in the final third requiring re-lights. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar began with toasted oak, mustiness and concentrated baking spice. The baking spice mellowed fairly quickly and the baking spice left towards the end of the first third. Some char joined in the final third as did a light vegetal note. The burn was a bit of an issue and probably didn’t help the overall flavor experience. Strength was medium the whole way. The Micallef Migdalia Corona Extra started with a simple but nice flavor profile, but once it reached the second third it was fairly average and continued that way throughout. Micallef is still a newer brand to me, and with a large portfolio already, there is a lot to try. I liked how this cigar started, but it’s probably not something I’ll be in a hurry to revisit, but I’m still interested in smoking through their various lines.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.55

Cost/Point

$1.62

Scoring System

Aaron
GoodPre
Light
GoodFirst
Third
AverageSecond
Third
AverageFinal
Third
SubparBurn
Very GoodDraw
AverageOverall
Personal Cigar Review: Micallef Migdalia Corona Extra
Aaron LoomisPersonal Cigar Review: Micallef Migdalia Corona Extra

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