Cohiba Corona Especial

Cohiba Coronas Especiales

Origin : Cuba
Format : Laguito No. 2Cohiba
Size : 152 x 15.08 mm
Ring : 38
Weight : 8.15 g
Price : ~$15 each

This is a gorgeous Laguito No. 2 that I was very excited to try. My luck hasn’t been so great with the Cohiba Siglo line, in that they have been too grassy for my taste. So I was hoping that this one would suit me better. The exact box code of this cigar is unknown, but is almost certainly from 2007/2008 production.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★½
This was an attractive cigar that looked well made. It had a nicely made pigtail cap, and an inviting slightly sweet prelight smell. The wrapper was veiny, but it didn’t make the cigar look rustic.

Construction : Rating: ★★★★½
The draw was slightly tight, but I was able to get billows of smoke out of it. The burn was perfectly straight for the duration.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★☆
This Cohiba started out mild with a little unrefined youthfulness. The smoke was creamy with hints of white pepper and vanilla. It smoothed out in the second half becoming creamier and developing some subtle sweetness on the finish.

Value : Rating: ★★★☆☆
Being a Cohiba, this cigar commands a premium and is too expensive for an everyday smoke (at least for me). Though I would love to have a box around for an occasional treat, despite the cost. So I would say it’s worth it if you can afford it.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★☆
This cigar had a flavor profile that reminded me a Trinidad Reyes, which I think is a great thing and it didn’t have much of that Cohiba grassiness. I have read that these age very well and I plan on getting a box to age long term. Recommended.

7 Comments on “Cohiba Corona Especial”

  1. Yes they age extremely well ! I have a a few 9 year old Coronas Especial Reservas from the Cohiba Seleccion box… they are very very good.

  2. Great review! Cohiba’s are definitely one of the more reliable Cuban brands, especially for aging, but I still find that you pay a premium for the name. However, if you can manage to find them at Cuban (as in, bought in Cuba) prices, some of that sticker shock is reduced.

  3. If you get the chance to travel to Cuba you can get these significantly cheaper. Which is a plus because these are great Cigars I absolutely love them myself. I have not tried ageing them but then again I like them to much to leave them alone. My own personal vice i guess.

  4. The Cohiba Corona Especial is my third favorite cigar right after the Robusto and Siglo III. It would probably be in my top 2 but its not often that I have that much time to smoke a cigar this long – though I wish I did. However, everytime an occasion arrives where I have an opportunity to truly enjoy a cigar, Cohiba Corona Especial does the trick. A glass of scotch on the side and you are good to go – don’t forget good company :)

  5. I smoked an ’08 last week and it was stellar. I am a huge Cohiba fan; the Especial is one of my personal favorites.

  6. I just had my first today. Very good cigar with sugar coffee milk aromas. However, the last third lost all complexity went linear. Great smoke anyways.

  7. Yes they age extremely well ! I have a a few 9 year old Coronas Especial Reservas from the Cohiba Seleccion box…

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