Anyone who loves a good Cuban cigar will know that Size DOESN’T Matter and in the case of the H Upmann Half Corona, we see a prime example of small being very Mighty. This cigar that measures in at 3 1/2 inches long and a 44 ring gauge will initially leave you wondering WHY H Upmann decided to release something so short. They aren’t alone. A big movement is to now cater to those who love Cuban cigars but also who don’t have a lot of time on their hands to smoke. I, for one, love a bigger stick because I feel that I am not hampered with all of the time restraints most other smokers have to finish a cigar. Making time to relax is important to me and I don’t, and NEVER will, consider this to be time wasted.
2011 was when Cuba released this short cigar, it was initially met with extreme excitement. For the first few months we were able to see these cigars in B&M’s, we really didn’t see them much. They were sold out as soon as they were delivered and then the waiting continued. I believe that quality cigars made from the best leaves that Cuba has to offer, at a price that many considered to be very very affordable, was simply too good to be true.
What I found, upon first tasting these Half Coronas, was the flavors were better than I had anticipated. Anyone who has a passion for the H Upmann Magnum 46 will be surprised and satisfied with the half corona. This is the little brother of a Magnum 46 with it’s notes of leather, creamy coffee and caramel. How can you go wrong? I’ve smoked many of these great little stogies and from time to time you can expect a bit of tightness in the draw so be patient when buying them and pick one that has no lumps or bumps.
What really blew me away was the marketing strategy Cuba did next after realizing they had a winner on their hands. In 2012 they came out with a beautiful tin that held 5 of these cigars and charged a dollar or so more for the same smoking experience. I felt that the packaging was really attractive, handy when going out at night and something you’d want to collect but how many of these boxes do I REALLY need? Don’t care, I just Love these cigars!