Origin : Cuba
Format : Churchill/Julieta
Size : 178 x 18.65 mm
Ring : 47
Weight : 15.07 g
Price : ~$30 each
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I'd have to find that the Cohiba Esplendidos is one of the most exquisit cigars I been fortunate enough to enjoy (only a H. Upmann Sir Winston can match it). Although Churchill is not my favorite size, this cigar does not have any of the downsides associated to double coronas and other long vitolas.
The wrapper was smooth and almost completely free of visible veins on the surface, which is coloured with a golden-tan shade and a slightly darker bunching of filler leaves at the foot of the cigar. Clipping the opposite end revealed the same familiar pattern of “bunched” filler leaves at the head which immediately revealed the same honey-like, manure aroma of fine quality Cuban tobacco.
It is very well rolled in Colorado medio, the best leaf from Vuelta Abajo Tobacco Region. The draw was fine while the burn wasn't 100% stable but always self-corrected. The ash wasn't really impressive and held for a couple of centimeters.
Flavor-wise, one of the best cigars I've ever had. Never went out. The stick is mostly spicy. What makes it so good is that you never know what would come next - in the first third, I noticed some cedar notes which were replaced by elegant floral scents in the second third. In the last third, Cohiba Esplendidos gets sweeter and I could feel chocolate/cocoa. Mixed with peppery flavors, it provides an outstanding finish.
Cohiba Explendidos is a luxury cigar, very expensive (the second most expensive Cuban cigar in current production available, following Montecristo A). Not for everyday and also it must be well aged to perform a good smoke.
Overall Rating :
I would recommend to smoke this cigar aged, at least, four or five years old from the date of production. Cohiba Esplendidos is a cigar strongly faked, take good care with the source it came from. Enjoy it as much as I do.
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