October 08, 2016

Cohiba Macassar Toro Grande (6 x 52)

Video review HERE.

Distant from even the most primitive modes of transportation, Indonesian Macassar is arguably the most difficult ebony in the world to procure and one of the world’s most beautiful exotic woods. In a fitting tribute to this extraordinary work of nature, the artisans of Cohiba have created Cohiba Macassar, a new collection that lends itself to extravagant smoking occasions as readily as it does to life’s most treasured moments.

Only the finest leaves were selected to meet the exacting standards of taste and aesthetics set forth for Macassar. As such, this super-premium expression is made solely of proprietary tobaccos, each aged for more than four years including a year of finishing in Dominican rum barrels. 

The blend of Cohiba Macassar is centered on a supple Connecticut Havano wrapper grown in a micro climate that helps to achieve a richer, more flavorful tobacco, yet with far less yield than  traditional plants. To deliver a refined wrapper with barely perceptible veins, only the finest seco leaves are chosen for Cohiba Macassar.

The blend is made with a proprietary Dominican seed cultivated by Cohiba’s agronomists in Mao, complemented by a Nicaraguan Jalapa leaf grown exclusively for Cohiba. The Connecticut Broadleaf binder is aged six years to impart a mellow flavor and optimal combustibility. 

Handcrafted in the Dominican Republic, Cohiba Macassar will make its debut fine cigar shops nationwide beginning in August. This remarkable collection will be a full-time addition to the Cohiba portfolio and will be launched with three sizes, each protected in 10-count boxes.

Toro Grande -- 6 x 52; SRP per cigar is $21.99 REVIEWED TODAY

Gigante -- 6 x 60; SRP per cigar is $23.99

Double Corona  -- 7.25 x 54; SRP per cigar is $24.99

The cigar is well made with no veins. It is a dark brown and has a nice feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good with a touch of firmness. The initial flavors were a tangy, almost orange citrus with sweet chocolate notes. There was quite a bit of black coffee and black pepper rated at a 7 1/2.

A little over an inch in the citrus notes are now more like a sweet cedar. The chocolate notes are still there with some buttery notes. There is also dry wood. There is a slight butter cream to mellow out the chocolate notes. The finish is a chocolate cream with a little lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point.

At the midpoint the flavors are consistent. There are elevated coffee notes. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged.

This was a good dark noted cigar. There were a lot of sweet notes. There was a touch of buttery notes and the pepper was good throughout. The were quite a bit of coffee notes. The cigar got close to full bodied at the end. This was a good cigar and if you can get past the price point you should like this cigar. Available anywhere that carries Cohiba cigars.

Score: 92

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