Our Score: 3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

  • RH –  68% for 4 weeks
  • MSRP – $6 per stick
  • Smoke Time – 56 minutes
  • Wrapper – San Andrés Negro
  • Binder – Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut & Cured Sun Grown Habano
  • Filler – Brazilian Mata Fina & Nicaraguan Habano
  • Length – 5.625
  • Ring Gauge – 46

Initial Reactions and Appearance

With no major veins in the wrapper, Undercrown Corona Viva appears to be a well-constructed cigar. It smells a bit chocolaty, and the unlit draw gives quite a full taste.

First Third

Each of the initial puffs have very little flavor, but the smoke gets more intense rather quickly. Some great chocolate, leather, and caramel notes are present on the retrohale. Each flavor complements one another, making this stick complex and delicious. Unfortunately, my cigar had a burn issue that caused a burn on the inside (not the wrapper), but it was easy enough to fix. The leather flavor is more present toward the end of the first third, elevating the taste above what I thought it’d be.

Second Third

More mild than the first third, but the flavors are still great. The leather and chocolate combination keeps this thing complex through the second third, but there were more burn issues. Even after several relights, the problems persisted.

Final Third

Nothing bad to say about the flavor, but the consistent burn issues make the final third a pain to smoke. Undercrown Corona Viva tastes great, but I only wish the burn wasn’t such a pain.