Por Larranaga Petit Corona LEP DIC 16 (NRW)
The PLPC, a cigar much loved by many on this forum, but as yet not by me, is my nemesis cigar. I purchased one cab of 50 in early 17 while still experimenting with different marcas. A cigar that turns into caramel, and one that doesn't break the piggy bank, sounded good enough to me to spring for a whole cab for my first PL purchase. I remember eagerly lighting my first one up on a lovely summers day after 3 months rest, and then coughing and spluttering as the acrid tobacco hit the back of my throat. It got tosssed far away. Sampling them every 4-6 months have always been a decision I have regretted, and have never finished one yet due to harshness, though none have been as bad as the first one.
A bright and cold autumn day dawned and I remembered this competition, so I went for a walk to see if this PLPC wanted to be friends with me.
Like all of them from this box, this had a dull dry wrapper.
I punch cut, producing a snug but workable draw. Sweet tobacco on the cold draw.
I got no taste to start with, then a strong taste of vegetables that have gone off and sour.
Some black pepper was sprinkled on the sour vegetables, and the familiar harshness bothered the back of my throat. Retrohale ? No chance. I would have chucked it at this point but hey it's a review.
A pleasant change-the sourness became manageable, the pepper more balanced, toasted tobacco revealed itself and it became mildly enjoyable.
It's gone up in the ratings from unsmokeable to pretty awful, so I don't think we can be friends just yet, perhaps in a couple more years? (but only if that long awaited caramel hits me like a goods train on the first puff)