13 responses

  1. Bill
    September 1, 2008

    Thanks for the great review of a great robusto!


  2. metalman
    January 31, 2009

    I loved the only one I had. My first Cuban.


  3. k0mmissar
    February 16, 2009

    I was very sad, I bought a collection of five, let them sit for about a year, and found they were all almost unsmokable due to draw problems! Some i couldn’t even pull from!


  4. Saint Jimbob
    February 21, 2009

    I’ve smoked exactly two of these, made 5 years apart, and the difference in quality was astounding. The robusto I had from 2000 drew easy, smoked cool, and once I set my torch down after lighting it, I didn’t even look at it again. The second robust was from 2005-ish, and it was tight, burned all FUBAR, and just made me wonder if Cuban cigars are all that great.

    Sure, cigars are made by hand, and so there will be some variance from time to time, but I’ve heard lots of others bemoan the slide in quality in recent years. Something tells me it will get worse when the embargo is lifted.


  5. konasc
    September 20, 2010

    Overrated! This cigar is certainly not as good as it’s reputation says it should be. I have smoked this cigar on many occasions, but this time I was utterly disappointed.

    BURN: I had to relight this cigar many times for it was poorly constructed and did not burn well. There were many spots on the wrapper that didn’t burn, which I had to re-torch to get it going.

    TASTE: For a Cohiba with all it’s reputation and name’s sake, again I was disappointed in the taste. In fact, it even induced a bit of a nausea, maybe I was sick of paying so much for a lousy cigar, maybe it was the fact that it wasn’t aged enough, or that I had expected too much from this cigar, but I didn’t find the taste to be spectacular. Nor did I find the draw to be anything special. It wasn’t puffy, and when it got to the nub, the temperature was too hot which to me seems like it stems from poor construction. I’d much prefer other robustos from Cuba, such as the Ramón Allones Specially Selected or my new favorite robusto the Juan López Selección No. 2.


  6. Rob
    November 30, 2011

    As an avid cigar smoker of all countries I can say that most Cubans need to be aged for a long time after you purchase them,
    I am smoking a cohiba I’m not sure of the size but compared to non Cuban sizes it campares to a toro size in length and diameter and it was purchased with other habano’s of about to 2 yrs ago,
    I basically bought them and forgot about them “well not really” but wow this smoke is unbelievably good! Spicy grassy and potent.
    If you know your cigars you can tell a fake and the best way to enjoy and experience a good cigar is by yourself, no politics no buisness just taking the whole experience in.
    I’ve smoked some really really good non Cuban cigars and some bad Cuban cigars so I guess it comes down to who was rolling and blending that day.


  7. jorge
    February 8, 2012

    my favorite…. my favorite..


  8. B.I.G.
    March 25, 2012

    Nice reviews as usual… Next time you visit Geneva let me know it would be nice meeting you.



  9. drben
    April 28, 2012

    I have a large collection of Cuban and non-Cuban cigars, but I must say that for consistancy non-Cubans are much better. They, in most cases, are aged longer and you can smoke them soon after purchase. Cuban requir a great deal of ageing, but can be great over time.


  10. Brett
    December 20, 2012

    I split a box of these recently and the couple I have had from a 2011 box have been very good. No burn or draw problem and great flavors. I am surprised you say that the PSD4s are reliable though. IMO, those are hit and miss. RASS are fantastic.


  11. Nick
    July 15, 2014

    I don’t think one can say that a certain brand is more consistent than another.All have their good and bad examples.
    I have had both bad and good from all Cuban brands and all vitolas.No comments about flavors as this is as we know very personal.I am not a fan of Cohibas in general and I’m not buying them regularly but having smoked a few of their robusto I can say I liked it.


  12. WorldTraveller
    May 21, 2015

    Smoked 2 of these and both great. Easy draw, lots os smoke and good flavour. However, hotel bar where I bought them had its own walk in Humidor and seemed to know what they were doing.


  13. Dave R..
    August 20, 2016

    I obviously don’t know for sure, but I would say the bad ones that you guys got very likely were counterfit Cuban Cohibas. Cohiba is one of the most counterfitted brands of all the Cubans.


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