Cohiba Robusto

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    Cohiba Robusto

    Origin : Cuba
    Format : RobustoCohiba
    Size : 124 x 19.84 mm
    Ring : 50
    Weight : 11.66 g
    Price : ~$15 each

    I was very surprised to discover that this classic has never been reviewed here at 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.

    Appearance : [rating:5/5]
    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.

    Cohiba Robusto
    Construction : [rating:4/5]
    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.

    Cohiba Robusto

    Flavor : [rating:5/5]
    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.

    Cohiba Robusto

    Value : [rating:4.5/5]
    While slightly more expensive than most of other Cuban robustos that I smoke regularly, I seldom feel that I’m overpaying.

    Overall Rating : [rating:4.5/5]
    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.

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    • Dave R..

      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.

    • WorldTraveller

      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.

    • Nick

      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.

    • Brett

      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.

    • drben

      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.

    • B.I.G.

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


    • jorge

      my favorite…. my favorite..

    • Rob

      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.

    • konasc

      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.

    • Saint Jimbob

      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.

    • k0mmissar

      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!

    • metalman

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

    • Bill

      Thanks for the great review of a great robusto!

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Cigar Region Cuba
Filler Cuban
Wrapper Cuba
Binder Cuba
Length 4 7/8
Ring Gauge 50
Vitola Robusto
Construction Hand Made