Cohiba Robusto Reserva (2003)

5th Anniversary Review Cohiba Robusto Reserva (2003)

Origin : Cuba
Format : RobustoCohiba
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm
Box code : 2003
Weight : 11.66 g
Hand-Made
Price : $50+?
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In 2003, Habanos SA released a special edition box of Cohiba cigars. It was the Cohiba Selección Reserva and it contained 30 cigars in an assortment of sizes including six robusto sized cigars. My sample was very generously given to me by Brother of the Leaf who happened to own a bar in Denmark. I had always hoped to make it over there and check out his bar and smoke a cigar with him but as it happens we have lost touch and I am not sure where he is anymore. I have been saving this very special cigar for a special occasion and I am happy to be finally putting it to flame in celebration of 5 years of blogging about my passion for fine hand made cigars.

5th Anniversary Review Cohiba Robusto Reserva (2003)-2

This Cohiba has a very classic looking wrapper like light brown leather. It is adorned with a normal Cohiba band and a second black and gold band displaying the Reserva designation. The draw is absolutely perfect. I used Gordon Mott’s “Three Match Technique” to get the cigar lit. Right from the very start this cigar is smooth and buttery. There were creamy notes of vanilla and hint of citrus with a nice floral aroma. It wasn’t long before it started to change up. The flavors became woody and leathery with a bit of spice and I started to get a bit of salt and pepper on the lips. The aroma is still very floral. Underneath it all is that classic Cuban earthiness and twang. Half way through and this is already one of the most amazing cigars I have smoked. There are flavors I can’t even figure out how to identify. As I made my way through the smoke the cigar kept changing. There were flavors of coffee, nuts, vanilla, honey, fruit, leather, and more. There were lots of that Cuban earthiness mixed in as well and the cigar went from sweet to spicy and back to sweet, the flavors always smooth and creamy on the palate. The flavors were full and rich but never overpowering and it had only a mild nicotine punch. The cigar was an absolute joy to smoke from start to finish. I can’t imagine a better choice of cigar to celebrate my blog's 5 Year Anniversary.

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