The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
The cigar began with lightly charred wood, hay, mustiness and light black pepper. The char left fairly quickly and the other components moved around in fullness. The second third saw the black pepper leave. In the final third, some dry earth joined as the hay left. A light vegetal note joined in the second half. Construction wasn’t too bad aside from two re-lights and strength was slightly above medium the whole way. The Drew Estate Undercrown Shade Corona Pequeña was a bit out of balance in the first third, but by the second third, there was a nice balance of flavor. The dry earth joining in the final third brought the profile back to an average enjoyment level. I was interested to see how the line smoked in this vitola and think this smaller format doesn’t allow it to shine as it does in the larger formats. I can see people liking this smaller vitola when short on time, especially in cold winter months, but for me, I’d rather smoke it in the Robusto or Toro formats.