May 21, 2017

Cohiba Blue Robusto (5 12 x 50)

Video review HERE.

Andres Maturen, brand manager of Cohiba said, “With Cohiba Blue, we present collection that speaks to the ethos of the Cohiba brand. Made with a curated selection of tobaccos, handcrafted by renowned artisans, and created for all those who seek the indulgence of a fine cigar, Cohiba Blue symbolizes a life well lived.”

The Cohiba blending team created a velvety, medium-bodied cigar with a rich, complex taste and enticing aroma. To achieve the desired flavor, they began with a silky, rosado-hued Honduran Olancho San Agustin (OSA) wrapper and took a unique approach by selecting Honduran OSA for the binder as well. The layered wrapper-binder deepens the smoking experience and imparts subtle, earthy notes. The blend consists of Honduran Jamastran, Nicaraguan Ometepe and Dominican Piloto Cubano to provide hints of cocoa and caramel, with a light touch of sweetness. The unique, three-country blend represents the world’s most revered tobacco growing regions and delivers a sophisticated, memorable smoke.

The cigars are protected hand-painted bright blue wooden boxes, each containing 20 flawlessly handcrafted cigars.

Churchill (7.5 X 50); SRP per cigar is $10.99

Robusto (5.5 X 50); SRP per cigar is $9.99 REVIEWED TODAY

Rothschild (4.5 X 50); SRP per cigar $8.99

Toro (6 X 54); SRP per cigar is $10.49

The cigar is a bit longer than a typical robusto. At 5 1/2 inches you will get a longer smoking experience. The cigar looks nice and the blue Cohiba band is quite a departure from the normal Cohiba band. The cigar has a nice feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the minimum from the cap was a bit firm but I could work with it. The initial flavors were quite varied; cedar, boysenberry, dry wood, brown sugar,  buttery cream, cinnamon, and black coffee. There was black pepper rated at a 7 1/2. 

1 1/2 inches in (25 minutes) the boysenberry notes are gone. There are now buttery, sweet cedar notes with brown sugar and the black coffee notes are much more elevated. The cigar is medium bodied, at best. The finish is a lightly sweet cream with nice lingering black pepper. The cigar settled down into a nice, sweet cigar.

Just past the midpoint (47 minutes) there is still a lot of sweetness in the cigar. The sweet cedar is still accompanied by the brown sugar and some buttery notes. There are still a lot of black coffee notes. At times I got some subtle raw nut flavors also.  The finish is unchanged in flavor but the sweetness is somewhat elevated. The pepper remains very good on both ends. The cigar is a low grade medium to full bodied at this point.

The cigar ended (1 hour 15 minutes) with a loss of the buttery notes. It happened in the final third. The sweet cedar with brown sugar was still going strong. The black coffee continued to increase all the way to the end. There were more of the raw nut flavors also. The cigar ended at medium to full bodied. The finish was unchanged. This was a solid cigar with lots of sweetness. It had nothing that was exceptional but it was a very good, sweet, solid cigar. These are on shelves now with a good price point and should be on your must-try list.

You can purchase the new Cohiba Blue cigars HERE.

Score: 91

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