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Review By: Matt

Cohiba Robusto - Robusto 4.8 X 50




Cobiba is supposed to be the crown jewel of the Cuban brands and usually it holds true.  The Cohiba Robusto is the standard of Cuban robustos and bad ones are usually pretty good.  (worst ones I had I would still rate in the high 80s)  Over the years they have lost their “Cohiba identity” from time to time becoming overly strong and losing that sweetness that makes them taste like a Cohiba.  I have heard the last few years have been better and more in line with what many have come to expect so I am eager to test out these very young cigars.  (Box code ETP Sept 2015)


Look and Feel: 

The wrapper is a nice light to medium brown with minimal veins and very tight seams.  The triple cap looks nice and the aroma provides a nice musty earth and a slight leather note.  Pre-lit draw gives you a nice hay and honey flavor with a perfect draw. 


Foot Third:

This cigar starts off with a nice toasted bread and quickly moves to hay and a grassy earth.  A subtle sweetness is present that quickly moves to a honey flavor.  (Boy did I love this)  There isn’t much spice to speak of except a little white pepper on the retrohale.  The body is medium full in flavor and the strength settles into a nice medium.  The cigar does give you little hints of something different from time to time…slight vegetal, deeper earth note, and cream notes.  Burn is perfect and the draw is great with plenty of smoke.  I do get an occasional hint of floral flavors…very pleasant and a nice surprise.  A nice cognac goes well with this cigar mixing with the notes of honey and sweetness. 


Body Third:

The body third transitions to a deeper earth with some clove mixing with the honey.  This is a very nice change that makes sense and is not out of place.  The honey and earth are still the main flavors and are balanced by a slightly stronger retrohale with white pepper.  Burn, draw, and construction is perfect right now!  The body is medium full and the strength has stepped up to a medium full as well.  This cigar is very smooth and is not your typical flavor profile but is more in line with the Cohiba brand flavors.  A musty earth becomes present at times offering a nice hint of aged tobacco and cream…which for a 6-month old cigar is a major plus!

 

Head Third:
The honey died down in this third and I really wanted it to stay.  I should be happy for another transition but I did find myself missing that flavor.  That said, flavors moved to a hay and grassy earth mixed with a leather note and some hints of sweet spices.  (clove, nutmeg, etc.)  The cigar offers a hint of honey from time to time during this third that builds into heavy honey at the very end.  It did get a little hot towards the end proving it is a young cigar. 


Summary:

I have to say this is a very good cigar that surprised me with its performance at 6 months old.  I excepted a lot of youthful edges that didn’t balance really well and I didn’t get that at all.  Flavors of grassy/hay earth, honey, deep earth, leather, with notes of sweet spices and floral flavors…hard to beat.  I think this cigar will get better over time and some of the hay flavors will develop into something slightly more complex.  (Not that this is not a complex cigar)  This is a high performer and I can only hope cigars from this box go up a few more points over time.  I agree with what others have said, the Cohiba Robusto is back to its old profile and I love it!







Look & Feel:
94


Construction:
97

Flavor & Balance:

97

Value:
93

Overall Rating:

96


 

Review By: Matt

Look & Feel
Wrapper quality, smell from the wrapper, smell from the foot, box presentation, and color of wrapper.

 

Construction
Burn quality, draw quality, heat on the draw, quality of the wrapper, and cap construction.

 

Flavor & Balance
Overall flavor of the cigar, balance of flavors, strength to body balance, and complexity.


Value
Value taking the quality vs. the market vs. the market price


Overall Rating
Taking all aspects into consideration we rate based on the quality of the cigar and the quality of the experience. 




Review By: Matt

Cohiba Siglo IV  5.6 X 46




Cohiba has been adding many variations of their cigars over the last 10 to 15 years but the Siglo series started in 1992 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Columbus's arrival in Cuba.  In 2002 the last of the Siglo line was added, the famed Siglo VI.  These are to be blended in a traditional Cuban flavor profile and tend to be some of the most consistent Cubans on the market but you will pay for it!  My favorite vitola is the corona (or corona gorda) so it is of no surprise that our first siglo review will be the Siglo IV which is a corona size cigar.  I can't wait to see how these young Siglo IV's perform.  (Box code EOT NOV 2015)


Look and Feel: 

The wrapper is a nice medium brown with minimal veins and very tight seams.  The wrapper have a very nice waxy look and feel to it.  The triple cap is solid and the aroma provides a grassy mild barnyard smell but the foot is a stronger barnyard note.  Pre-lit draw provides a nice hay and lemon grass with a perfect draw...can't wait! 


Foot Third:

The Siglo IV starts with a toasted bread and shortbread cookie sweetness with a wheat flavor in the background.  The smoke is thick and the wrapper gives a oily type of feel to the mouth.  Slight hint of honey comes in to join the hay and earth.  Through the nose I get a quick hit of white pepper and becomes a strong honey flavor.  The finish offers a light earth with hints of hay and lemongrass.  Some of the draws provided strong honey which was really enjoyable.  The retrohale towards the end of this third provided a hotter pepper like a white pepper mixed with a pepperoncini.  The burn was great, draw was great, holy hell this is starting off amazing!  


Body Third:

The body of this cigar moved to a richer Cuban tobacco flavor with earth while still providing honey notes.  Through the nose I receive the spice pulled back and the honey and hay sweetness move to the foreground.  The draw still provides the hay, honey, and grass flavors with that Cuban twang that we know and love.  A very small touch up was needed but is performing very well.  The finish of the cigar is fairly short but clean with more of a hay and earth note.  Very good still...hell yeah!

 

Head Third:
This last third started off with toasted bread with earth and lemongrass on the draw.  The honey shows up here and there but is more in the background from time to time.  The retrohale gives you a nice lemongrass, white pepper, and hay.  The cigar continues to become richer.  Towards the middle of this third the draw provides a lemon zest flavor and the finish on those draws becomes a tart lemon but tart in a good way.  The late stages of the cigar are not a clean likely due to the age of these since they are young but still performing very well. 


Summary:

I loved this cigar even at such a young age.  I think these cigars will get a lot better with another 18-36 months on them but is already a great cigar.  Honey, hay, lemongrass, lemon zest, earth, toasted bread and rich Cuban tobacco is present throughout the cigar.  The retrohale offered honey, hay, lemongrass, pepperoncini and lemon zest.  The finish is fairly short to moderate but is very clean with hay and grassy notes with earth of course.  Although I'm going with a 94 overall, I could see this cigar going into the high 90s in a few years.  (First half of this cigar I would be in the 96 range)  Even at this price point, this cigar is a must have...Great performer even at 16 months!






Look & Feel:
93


Construction:
93

Flavor & Balance:

95

Value:
93

Overall Rating:

94


 

The Cohiba brand was created by Fidel Castro in 1966 as a state secret which was for use of the powers of Cuba and at times, gifts for heads of state throughout the world.  Eventually it became the top shelf brand of Cuban cigars and never really looked back.  Known for the smoothness and subtle sweetness, Cohiba offers some of the best cigars in the world.

70-80 Points - Poor to Fair          81-90 Points - Fair to Good          91-96 - Excellent          97-100 - Epic

Cohiba (Cuba)

Review By: Matt