Cohiba Robusto Review

Oct

06

by at 8:31 pm (5 Comments) Cigar Reviews


What’s the first name that comes to mind when people think of Cuban cigars?  Cohiba.  Maybe you’ve enjoyed cigars for years.  Or, maybe you’re one of those people that never smokes cigars, but “got a reeeally great deal” on some $5 Cohibas (that were totally fake and probably made of banana leaves) when you were on vacation. Regardless of your knowledge or experience with cigars, you’ve heard the Cohiba name.  For these reasons, I decided my first Cuban cigar review should go to none other than the Cohiba Robusto.

I’ve had a few of the robustos hanging out in my humidor for about 19 months now. I find that half the battle is deciding when to smoke them and actually working up the nerve to part with a well aged cigar. Once I worked up the nerve to take one, I paired this cigar with a ‘Havana Club’ rum and coke.

As far as construction goes, the Cohiba seemed to be holding up very well. The cigar measures up at 4 and 7/8 inches by a 50 ring gauge. I don’t think I need to say it, but the wrapper, binder and filler are all Cuban. The wrapper was silky smooth and slightly oily to the touch. There was one prominent vein running about two thirds of the cigar. The unlit foot had a slight flake to it, and a wonderful tobacco aroma.  I chose a guillotine cut for this stick, and the unlit draw was smooth with a slightly sweet, tough to describe taste.  It’s hard to nail it, but the unlit taste almost reminded me of the sweet smell of pipe tobacco.

Once lit, the Cohiba drew smoothly and showed its character from the start. That slight sweetness with a smooth, leathery undertone was present right off the first puff.  A creamy mouth-feel developed a few minutes in.  The burn was slow, but uneven, requiring a touch up about ¾” in.  Going into the second third of the cigar, I felt right at home with the robusto, and was pleased at the classic Cuban taste being delivered.

Into the second third, the robusto began to show a little bit of strength. Not much, but just enough that I felt it balanced with the flavour. The draw remained smooth, delivering plenty of smoke and that excellent creamy taste / feel.  There was a nice, subtle shift in flavour where the leather taste faded out a little and was replaced with a nice, subtle spiciness.  My only complaint at this time was that I had to touch up the burn again, but the flavours were so great that I didn’t really care.  Burn issues aside, the ash was incredible and hung on there well in to the second third.

Note: Right after I took the “wicked ash” photo, I narrowly avoided dumping it in my lap.

Moving in to the final third, the Cohiba remained ultra smooth.  By smooth, I mean oil on glass smooth, or Frank Sinatra smooth. The creamy quality was still present, and a slightly cedar taste came in. The leather notes from the first third had faded considerably by this point, but that nice spiciness remained. It’s been a long time since I could honestly say that I smoked something that got smoother as I neared the end, but that’s exactly what happened. My single criticism was that the burn almost stopped near the very end (I smoked this thing to a nub) and I had to pull out the lighter to revive it a little. Again, I was loving this cigar so much, I didn’t care, but this is a review. Once I could no longer hold on to the cigar, I outed it.  I was also surprised that the Cohiba didn’t get bitter near the end.

My final thoughts on the Cohiba Robusto, aged 19 months in my humidor ??   A++.  I’ll be right up front and say that just because a cigar is Cuban, doesn’t mean it’s good.  Now that I’ve said that, I believe that this cigar represented everything I’ve learned to love about a good Cuban cigar, and delivered big. The flavours were well defined, ranged from mild to medium and complemented each other. The strength was bang-on medium, and appropriate for the flavours. The burn left something to be desired, but wasn’t bad enough to interfere with the overall excellence of the cigar.  For me, this was a perfect cigar experience.  Who would I recommend this cigar to?  Anyone who has a fairly developed taste and appreciation for cigars, otherwise you’re wasting a good chunk of cash. Would I buy another? Absolutely.

-Matt


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5 Responses to “Cohiba Robusto Review”

  1. caffein911

    October 22, 2012
    11:34 am

    Hi, very good review. I like the ashtray you use. Can you tell me it is called or where i can buy it
    Thank you very much. Sorry for bad english 🙂

  2. Ruby

    February 3, 2013
    11:08 pm

    Hey Matt!
    Thanks for the great review. I work at a cigar bar in Melbourne, Australia and am currently reviewing a lot of cigars myself, to write up tasting notes for newer staff.
    Found this extremely helpful!

    • Matt

      February 6, 2013
      9:44 pm

      Hey Ruby!
      Thanks for checking out CIgaropolis. I can’t tell you how great it is to hear from someone in Australia! I’m glad you found the review helpful. If Melbourne’s got a cigar bar, I think it just found a place on my ‘must visit’ list. If your cigar bar has a website, or even if you just want to post the name for Cigaropolis readers, that’d be great. All the best from Canada,
      -Matt

  3. Ruby

    February 19, 2013
    2:38 am

    Hi Matt!
    There’s two cigar bars in Melbourne that I know of.
    The one I work at is called “Siglo” named, of course, after the Cohiba line.
    The other cigar bar that I know of here is called “Baranows Lounge” Which is hear is very good, but I haven’t had a chance to visit.
    We would certainly love to have a visit from you.
    Ruby

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