Origin : Cuba
Format : Laguito No. 2
Size : 6 x 38 (152 x 15.08 mm)
Box code : EL – March '98
Price : roughly $12/cigar for current production
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Cohiba Coronas Especiales are regular production cigars, but difficult to find in aged or vintage condition. I purchased this box about 8 years ago for a little under $400. I have no idea what these would be worth today, but I’d guess significantly more.
Natural (Colorado Claro), no prominent veins, somewhat flat sheen. A little darker and rougher than the typical premium Cohiba. Ash is variegated with black, dark gray and white.
Somewhat tight and the whole cigar feels very firm but not as tight as I expected once lit. Good volume of smoke. Slightly uneven burn and a little wrapper unraveling, but perhaps I damaged the cigar. Requires a few relights, but the draw eases further and the smoke grows copious. Lasted about an hour and fifteen minutes.
Opened with more flavor than I expected; despite the age, this Cohiba hasn’t faded at all. Very smooth but still full-bodied. I wish I could report something unique about this Cohiba, but it matches the classic, nearly perfect Cohiba profile: grassy and earthy with a little vanilla, a touch of cocoa and honey. The cigar has a long finish which coats the mouth in toast and leather. The flavor builds with each puff and the honeyed sweetness increases. Interestingly, there is also a presence of black pepper. It simply gets better with each puff. I’d give this a 5 for taste, but I reserve a perfect rating for the rare mind-blowing cigar. Consider this pretty darn close.
Overall Rating :
A terrific smoking experience. Time has improved an already excellent cigar. As with most of the Linea Clasica, I’d recommend buying a box and setting it aside for as long as willpower allows.