Origin : Cuba
Format : Robusto
Size : 140 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Maduro aged 5 years
Price : ~18€ each
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I'm bringing you something special today. Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios, a custom robusto-sized cigar introduced in 2007, is indeed an elite treat. At over $20 each, it is not an everyday smoke (well, at least for me) and I only reward myself with one on very important occasions.
They simply say "smoke me". The wrapper, obtained after 5 years of natural fermentation (it is darker in color than most Cuban wrappers as only the upper leaves of the plant are used), is oily and immediately indicates the potential of this cigar. The pre-draw is very rich and essentially woody.
At this price point, I'd hate to find an unsmokeable cigar. Fortunately, it doesn't disappoint. The draw is never too tight although slight variations are possible. The same can be said about the burn - no correction is needed but the burn line is not always 100% straight.
Full-bodied from the very beginning, the Genios slowly deploys heavy flavors of dark wood and fallen leaves with entertaining peppery shots. The second third is less nervous and the spice is more present. The balance is perfectly respected. The finish is very soothing despite the lack of evolution. As you can see, the aromatic complexity is not why I love this cigar so much. I love it because the flavors that are there are very rich and profound, just as I like them.
The price is quite prohibitive, truth to be said. I can't afford more than 3-5 per year; however I don't feel the need to smoke this kind of cigar daily - I prefer refreshing my memory from time to time and seeing whether my opinion changes. So far, it has not.
Overall Rating :
While I can't give it the highest grade because of the price point, I still think that the Cohiba Genios is a must-try cigar. Power and elegance at the same time, this cigar is truly seducing.