As the boutique cigar market continues to grow, we have been seeing a rise in private blends. Private blend cigars are nothing new to the industry, but it has become something that is much more easily attainable over the past few years.
Today we will be checking out a private blend by Hassan Chohan.
Factory: Segovia (Plasencia Cigars S.A.)
Appearance: The Hassan Chohan Robusto has a great feel in your hand. The oily brown-leather colored wrapper has only minor veins present and a good little bit of tooth to it. Although it is a Robusto, itâ€™s more of a â€œCuban Robusto,â€ as it is a bit longer than the traditional Robustos we are accustomed to.
Pre-Light: The cold draw provides a prominent cedar note along with hay and mild spice. The draw is very good, a bit more on the open side, yet just restricting enough.
First Third: The Hassan Chohan Robusto starts off with an ample amount of leather notes accompanied by earth and fresh oak with a cashew note on the finish. The cigar is very medium-bodied during the first third and the ash holds steady throughout with an impressively even burn line.
Second Third: As the Hassan Chohan Robusto progresses into the second third, the earthy note fades away as some white pepper and caramel notes enter, adding a pleasant sweetness and spiciness to the smoke. During the second third, the cigar leaves a great combination of toasted oak and dark chocolate on the finish. The cigar remains at a medium-body, medium strength and the solid ash continued to hold until about the halfway mark with a consistently even burn.
Final Third: White pepper begins to become a bit stronger as the Hassan Chohan Robusto comes to an end, accompanied with a bit of cinnamon. The leather note, which had been prominent through the first two thirds, begins to fade out as bold notes of toasted oak enters and leaves a rich, smoky finish. The cigar remained at a medium-bodied, medium strength smoke throughout, held a tight ash that only fell thrice, kept a great draw, and provided some very traditional flavors with a twist.
Closing Thoughts: It is refreshing to see new cigars entering the boutique market which are made by people who strive to create something different without creating something â€œgimmicky.â€ I believe that this is one such case where someone who loves the industry has set out to simply make a great cigar that can stand out from everything else in a humidor without needing a catchy name or decadent packaging. In all, the Hassan Chohan Robusto was a good cigar; it boasted a pleasant combination of great flavors with an exceptional complexity and impressive construction. I am excited to see what the final blend is and what else is to come from Hassan Chohan in the future.
Additionally, Hassan is also working on a Torpedo, Toro, and a Lancero vitola for his blend and plans to go back to Nicaragua this summer to finalize a Habano and Maduro blend. We can expect to begin seeing Hassan Chohanâ€™s private blend later this summer.