Origin : Cuba
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Weight : 11.66 g
Price : ~$15 each
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I was very surprised to discover that this classic has never been reviewed here at CigarInspector.com. In this post, I will try to make a summary of my smoking experiences with Cohiba Robustos from different boxes and with different age on them as this is one of the cigars that I'm the most familiar with.
The look of the Cohiba Robusto rarely disappoints. The wrapper beautifully shines and is as oily as it can get. The pre-light aroma is exquisite - sour, it reminds me of hazelnut and almonds. Comfortable pre-draw with light notes of butter.
You should keep in mind that the production of this vitola is not 100% consistent. Therefore, if you smoke these regularly, from time to time you will find imperfect sticks in terms of burn and draw. It is especially frustrating to purchase a box half-filled with cigars that escaped the quality control. That being said, most of the time the Cohiba Robusto is impeccably rolled without any soft spots and smokes just as well as it looks.
The first puffs are strong and peppery. In the first third, the flavor is very toasty, marked by peppery and woody notes with a creamy finish. Extremely balanced full-bodied blend that represents a model of high quality Cuban cigars. The second third is cedary, very round, creamy, with hints of honey. The finish is exquisite as well, with bold and creamy cocoa notes without any harshness/leather which usually allows me to nub the cigar. Delicious.
While slightly more expensive than most of other Cuban robustos that I smoke regularly, I seldom feel that I'm overpaying.
Overall Rating :
Even though the Cohiba Robusto is certainly less consistent than, for example, Ramon Allones Specially Selected or Partagas Serie D 4, it is worth having a box in the humidor. I feel that it is slightly superior, flavor-wise. And, of course, the magic of smoking a Cohiba always adds to the overall score.