If your going to start something off, start it right! I must say, I am a little bias with this stick, as it is my all time favorite. This Cohiba Robusto was made 08/08 and has been resting in a humidor since. Cohiba – A name that almost everyone knows, has respect for and to most, a go to cigar. For me this is a cigar that I set aside for special occasions only, not only due to the high cost but also due to the issue of acquiring such a prize. The first Cuban Cohiba I was able to enjoy was on a vacation trip of mine, but I had to pay the insane Habanos price – almost 25.00 for a single Robusto! I got ripped off, but it was still worth it, and has become my favorite since. Perhaps one of the most complex, smooth and finely crafted cigars I have ever encountered, if you have not had the pleasure of being able to smoke one, I say don’t wait any longer – Get one!!
Construction: This is a very well hand made cigar, I’d have to suggest the top 10, perhaps top 5 even. Their was a medium amount of veins that gave this stick that classic cuban hand rolled effect, but the wrapper was still smooth and oily to the touch and had no imperfections. The cigar itself was firm from head to foot, but did not feel brittle.
Smell: Once I was able to allow myself the chance to take in this beautiful aroma, I was hit with a wild cross of smells that reminded me of a barn at the farm, but only the good smells if that makes sense. Cedar, Straw, Honey – It was very sweet and mellow. The foot had a more bitter sent, deeper cedar or perhaps coco is noticed, but still a ‘sweet smell’ that made me almost drool. As said before, this cigar is so complex even the smells seem to change – haha!
To start off this cigar, especially since it was a Cohiba and a rare cigar to myself, I used cedar spills from my local tobacco shop to make it that much more interesting. The cigar was a little hard to light, I had to use 3 spills, although it could also be from inexperience. Once it was lit, never had one problem with burn or blisters.
1st third: From the first puff, sweet wood notes and leather filled my mouth. Those were the most prominent flavors but a sweet almost Carmel or Honey flavor would linger as well and was slightly noticeable on my lips. The draw was perfect, providing for lots of thick, full smoke with a medium amount of resistance. I noticed that a few coffee notes would peak and hide, exchanging flavors with roasted nuts – a slight pepper sensation as well on the retrohale – it was actually smooth and enjoyable. Towards the end of the 1st third, I noticed that an overall ‘earthy’ taste would coat my pallet as the body increased from a medium to an upper medium. The ash held on for roughly an inch and fell off (causality below)
2nd third: The 2nd third started off with lots of leather and wood, a good bitter and sweet combination. One big thing I noticed here was that the finish started to increase, roughly 30 second of ‘true flavor’, as well I could taste it when I licked my lips. The burn did decide to go kinda wild at this time, but it corrected itself within a few minutes. I noticed the wood flavor increase as well as the body picking up to a high medium. Coffee notes still come and go, exchanging places with pepper – makes for a very odd but enjoyable exchange. Ending the 2nd third, sweet cedar takes front seat.
Last third: The body has defiantly picked up and is now in the upper medium to lower full. The smoke just coats my mouth at this time but surprisingly does not dry out my mouth. Rugged leather, dark woods and roasted coffee jump out at you with every puff. Towards the end, the sweet notes from the beginning start to surge through, never overpowering the coffe and earth but rather adding a nice highlight to the darker setting.
Overall: One of the most complex cigars I have been privileged enough to enjoy. Still, very expensive per stick (Paid 28us in Mexico) but soo worth it. More for a very special occasion rather than a daily smoke and when had in such a way, by far my favorite at this time