Before Christmas (2011) my friend Tom and I picked up a few of these cigars from a box from ’07. A few days went by and then we lit them up in his back yard in rainy cold weather. It wasn’t an environment where you’d get a fair assessment of what this coronas had to offer so I thought I’d let the second one I had sit in the humidor until I could smoke it in a warmer room and see what it really had to offer. This morning seemed to be the right time after breakfast so I poured a coffee, got my camera out, snapped a few pics and reached for the torch. The construction of this 5 1/2 inch, 42 ring gauge cigar was perfect, slightly spongy, no lumps and perfect draw. Initially it was a strong cigar but I thought that it was only the regular Cuban first half inch so I gave it a bit of time to settle down. It DID settle down but the strength of this cigar told me that maybe this isn’t an early in the day cigar. Even after almost 5 years of age this is a cigar that has more power than a lot of cigars from this brand. The SLR Double Coronas is a Prominente that is complex, mild to start and a wonderful rollercoaster ride of flavors. Not so with the coronas. Strong espresso with hints of dark dark chocolate and cedar are the notes you’ll get throughout from this coronas and I found that the flavors pretty much stayed the same throughout the hour and change of smoking time of the cigar. I tend to gravitate towards sweeter tasting Cubans and probably won’t smoke more of these that have this much age. I’m thinking that another 5 to 10 more years in the humidor would be what I’d like to see before I try another. Am I glad I smoked this cigar this morning? Of course ! Next time I reach for this Coronas will probably be after a big meal later on in the day.