Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios

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    Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios

    Origin : Cuba
    Format : RobustoCohiba
    Size : 140 x 20.64 mm
    Ring : 52
    Wrapper : Maduro aged 5 years
    Price : ~18€ each

    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.

    Appearance : [rating:5/5]
    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.

    Construction : [rating:4.5/5]
    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.

    Flavor : [rating:4.5/5]
    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.

    Value : [rating:2.5/5]
    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 : [rating:4/5]
    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.

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    • Mike Swag

      Sitting on the back patio of the Ritz in Aruba… Enjoying this beauty. I was a firm believer the Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan cigars were just as good as Cubans….until this moment.

      The review is spot on. The last third has been insanely good. I don’t want it to end….ever.

    • Don Jose

      Odd. I bought two boxes of 10 several months apart and from two different sellers. The first box was GUT May 12 and is spot on with this review – smooth as can be, fantastic flavor. A ridiculously enjoyable experience to smoke one.

      The second box was OGA Oct 11 and the flavor for the first two-thirds has so much leather and dead leaf that it is unenjoyable. In fact the taste is more like kerosene (I use matches, not a lighter.) They redeem themselves in the final third, but overall it’s a sub-par smoke, and a terribly poor value for the price. My first thought was, “fake,” though the box came sealed, unopened, with all external labels intact and a good bar code. I even dissected one and there were no floor shavings – the filler looked and felt good to me. The cigars from both boxes look exactly the same.

      Admittedly, I’m not expert, so I don’t know whether I’m dealing with a fake, a difference between factories, an inconsistent cigar, or something else. Whatever the reason, I’m just surprised to see such a wide disparity in quality among two boxes of the same cigar I believe to be authentic.

    • Paul

      Love this cigar, I have at least 1 Maduro Genios a week in between Espendidos, Piramides and Monti #2. Good burn, smooth enjoyable smoke

    • CigSid

      Being blessed to have 4 boxes of these, I have had a few… All I can say is they are amazing. The reviewers that did not like them, well they obviously did not have “real” Genios. Or they could have been in a “sick” state which happens sometimes as Cuban cigars evolve. You owe it to yourself to try another just to see what the reviewer and others that love them are experiencing.

    • Fred

      This cigar is one of the worst I’ve smoked. Boring to death, linear, and very very disappointing flavor. And for that price, 21 € here, there are many cigars that are overwhelmingly better and cheaper on the market. (g.e : Siglo IV, V and VI, Partagas E2)
      Regarding the Maduro, it is a huge deception.
      It’s the price of a cuban for the resut of a low level honduran. It is closer to Pleîade or VegaFina than Cohiba. A big failure.

    • Rehman

      Only fair to update my opinion here with a report that these Genios Maduro 5s of mine do seem to have settled somewhat since last December. Fewer burn irregularities and more complete delivery of rich, dense flavours. But I still think these are untypical Cohibas for lacking the smoothness and refinement associated with the brand. I probably won’t have them again.

    • SmokinWheelzzz

      Even at the typical cost for them, I like the Maduro 5 line and have a few of the Genios and a Magicos still left. I much prefer the Secretos myself, and have actually made these a fairly frequent treat, but I’m also a bit of a sucker for a good smaller cigar. These and H. Upmann Corona Juniors are probably my favorite stogies.

    • toastman

      wow i had no idea… i got into smoking cigars over here in Iraq.. i buy these everyday for three to six dollars.. crazy huh

    • Rehman

      I must be unlucky. I’ve had two from a box of 10, and the second assured me the third wouldn’t be smoked for quite a while. Both were, to me, muddy and confused. I’m a maduro fan, but these wrappers were mottled, blotchy and unattractive. Both burned poorly and required burn corrections. The experience so far has been, literally and figuratively, bitter.

    • Steve2010

      Absolutely my favorite Cuban cigar. Smoked one in the shop in the Kuwait City Intl Airport with the manager and bought another to smoke later. Although pricey, the “Cuban maduro” experience is exquisite. If you have access ti ISOM Cohibas, this one is a “can’t miss”.

    • Ata

      This is one the best of Cohiba’s.I have a collection of 4 Lines, but believe me, this is like going to Florida than Canada!:)

    • Peter

      Great cigar! A classic cohiba from the first to last drag simply wonderful! A few touch ups with the torch but I could care less! Would I buy one of these instead of 3 d4’s again probably not but I was blessed to smoke this cigar! Thanks Tom

    • euritt

      have yet to try this one, but after this review I need to give it a go!

    • bobbyg

      I have the Magicos, Genios,&Secritos&as far as this cigar goes I loved it. Taking one puff a minute, I found that this stick burnt perfectly for me with a long white/gray ash,& found so many flavors like cream, leather, sweetness, some hints of chochlate, with cocca(coffee)& to be an absolute enjoyable stick. As for the price well you can’t get a Rolls Royce by paying for a Volkswagon, as most of my cigars like Opus X, Padron Anniv.1926 maduro etc.I also agree that this cannot be smoked daily or too often as we should savour the experiance & re-try this cigar again as I found that each time I found more nuances& flavors as I smoked it again. As a big Maduro fan(favorite is Arturo Fuente Hemmingway Signature Maduro to remind me of a choclate egg cream like when I greww up in N.Y. (Brooklyn). This cigar I rate as a much to try,& out of 5 stars overall I give it a 4.5, giving thbe Sig. Maduro a 5.0. Also, this cigar is so packed with complex flavors that only seasoned smokers can really understand& appreciate it. Thank you & may your ash stay very,very LONG. BOBBYG

    • Daize

      A+++ cigar

      This cigar is at my absolute limit in terms of what I will pay for a cigar but I totally think it is worth it !

      Very good looking. The maduro wrapper does not have a perfect burn and there is a bit of tunneling at the very end. I have found this to be the case with the entire line. But the filler burns perfectly well.

      All this is perfectly forgivable due to the wonderful flavorings though. I went through the first half of this cigar a bit too quickly and nervously and it burned hot, it cooled down lots halfway through as my smoking speed was reduced drastically.

      The reason for my nervousness was that I found the start quite mild with cocoa and coffee flavours but there was not too much more. I was a bit worried I had been ripped off by Cohiba tbh.

      Then suddenly everything makes sense about this genius of a cigar. About half way through this absolutely divine suger-cane sweetness developed and lasted through the entire length of the cigar. Gently developing through the first half to the end; roasted coffee beans, burning autumn leaves and black pepper as well as some leather. The description does not do it justice. WORTH EVERY PENNY !

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      We wouldn’t be able to legally ship you the prize in this case 🙂 Unless it is Cohiba Red Dots, of course 🙂

    • Saint Jimbob

      You’re a cold-hearted bastard, Mr. Inspector..


      Maybe you can get Cohiba to sponsor a contest?

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Cigar Region Cuba
Filler Cuban
Wrapper Cuba
Binder Cuba
Length 5 1/2
Ring Gauge 52
Vitola Estupendos
Construction Hand Made