The Queen’s Pearls Corona has subtle, refined, and balanced flavors. It delivers everything I would expect from an “old school” Connecticut Shade cigar. In fact, this is one of the best Connecticut Shade cigars I smoked over the past year.”

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
Binder: Ecuadorian
Filler: Dominican, Ecuadorian, Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera William Ventura
Corona: 44 x 6
Price:  $11.20

Sponsor: Yes
Samples Provided for Initial Review: Yes
Review: ADVentura The Royal Return – Queen’s Pearls Corona (3/17/21)
Appearances on Countdown (By Year/Company): 1 (2021)

Coming in at #2 is the ADVentura The Royal Return – Queen’s Pearls Corona. ADVentura Cigars, the flagship brand of ADV & McKay Cigars Co, is a joint venture owned by Henderson Ventura and Marcel Knobel. Henderson Ventura is best known for running the Tabacalera William Ventura factory. A few years ago, he teamed with Knobel to launch ADVentura Cigars. The brand’s theme is The Age of Exploration. In 2020, they released a two-blend series under the name The Royal Return. One was a Connecticut Broadleaf known as King’s Gold and one was a Connecticut Shade offering called Queen’s Pearls. Both were highly rated blends on Cigar Coop, but it was the Queen’s Pearls Corona that really shone.

The Royal Return – Queen’s Pearls Corona is an Ecuadorian forward blend. It not only features an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, it also has an Ecuadorian binder and Ecuadorian tobaccos in the filler. The filler also incorporates Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos. According to ADVentura Cigars, the tobaccos used have five years of age, and the rolled cigars have been aging for four months. ADVentura says the tobaccos go through a special fermentation process to give them a lighter profile. The Corona is a 44 x 6 size and production comes from Tabacalera William Ventura in the Dominican Republic.

ADVentura The Royal Return Queen's Pearls Corona

The Queen’s Pearl Corona delivered notes of vanilla, cream, citrus, toast, natural tobacco, cedar, and black pepper. This cigar definitely has a light profile. The cigar started out mild to medium in body before going to medium in the second half. At the same time, strength-wise the Queens Pearl Corona held mild to medium from start to finish.

In the end, this is a wonderful classic old-school Connecticut and was easily the top Connecticut Shade cigar assessed on Cigar Coop over the past year.

The Queens Pearl Corona lands ADVentura Cigars on the Countdown for the first time in a big way. It’s also the third cigar from the Dominican Republic to land on the 2021 Countdown.


For details of the 2021 Cigar of the Year Countdown, see our 2021 criteria.

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