JC Newman

October 03, 2023

Cohiba Riviera Robusto (5” x 52)

Video review HERE.

(Description provided by General Cigar)

Cohiba welcomed its first full-time new collection since 2020 with Cohiba Riviera, a six-region blend that features the very best of Central American tobacco and is named after the lush San Andrés Tuxtla Valley that bore the cigar’s wrapper.

Cohiba Riviera marks the first time a Mexican San Andrés wrapper has been used in a Cohiba blend and is the first box-pressed offering from the brand.

Cohiba Brand Ambassador Sean Williams said, “Cohiba Riviera is a bold yet balanced blend of the most exceptional tobaccos from Nicaragua with exclusively-grown tobaccos from Honduras. Medium-to-full bodied and adorned with a delectable wrapper from Mexico, Riviera is an elegant selection offering notes of dark chocolate and coffee bean with a hint of leather and subtle cream on the finish.”

The three-cigar collection is handcrafted in Nicaragua at STG Estelí. The Mexican San Andrés wrapper crowns a Honduran-grown Connecticut binder and filler tobaccos that include proprietary Honduran Jamastran and Honduran La Entrada, as well as Nicaraguan Condega and Nicaraguan Estelí.

“The experience of Cohiba Riviera is rich and rewarding and befitting of Cohiba’s status as an ultra-premium cigar brand,” noted Williams.

Available vitolas:

Cohiba Riviera Robusto (5” x 52); SRP per cigar $19.99; 20 cigars per box REVIEWED TODAY

Cohiba Riviera Toro (6.5” x 52); SRP per cigar $21.99; 20 cigars per box

Cohiba Riviera Perfecto (6” x 60); SRP per cigar $23.99; 10 cigars per box

The cigar is dark and has a sharp box press.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were a sweet apricot, brown sugar, light citrus peel, and a lot of earthy black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2 to 8. Pretty good start.

At the first third (26 minutes) I had most of the same notes but there's now a little citrus note. The black coffee toned down a bit and the cigar got more in balance. I also had some dark chocolate notes. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is a lot of black coffee with very good lingering black pepper. I rated the first third 93.

As I moved through the second third (46 minutes) the black coffee is rising quickly. There's a little note of nougat that helps with the sweetness but there's much more black coffee now. The cigar is still medium bodied. The finish is unchanged. The cigar got a little darker. I rated the second third 92.

The cigar lasted 1 hour. The dark chocolate and black coffee continued to rise. There are faint notes of apricot. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is dark chocolate and black coffee with very good lingering black pepper. I rated the final third 90. Not a bad cigar but it gets quite dark.

Overall Score: 91.67

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