I set myself up for reviewing the Cohiba Connecticut at the Long Wolf Cigar Lounge when several of my smoking friends came by to light up. I explained what I was doing and what cigar I was about to review.
The first question that was asked , ” how much did it cost? ” and the comment, ” Cohiba Dominicans are not real Cohibas.” This seems to be a common thought from many of my circle. The only Cohiba worth smoking is from Cuba.
My thoughts on this statement is, each cigar should be considered on its on merit and quality. We smoke many dual branded cigars but for cigar smokers, only the Cohibas from Cuba count. Sorry boys and girls, just smoke the cigar and don’t be an elitist.
Brand/Name of Cigar: Cohiba/Connecticut
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Size: 5 x 52
Price: 19.99 MSRP
Where and When Smoked: Los Angeles, Ca. 6/1/19
Appearance/Construction: A handsome looking cigar with a medium brown wrapper , smooth to the touch and even construction. Small veins were evident , no obvious flaws in the look. An attractive well designed cigar band supplements the appeal.
Flavor/Taste and Aroma: First Third: The flavor was a smooth interplay of hay, straw and raisins. Light, creamy and fruity.
Second Third: The cigar gave us a hint of vanilla and mild coffee. In some ways I wanted more of a kick but otherwise it was a nice even taste.
Final Third: Consistent mild taste throughout the blend with a new nutty aftertaste as it smoked down.
Smoking Characteristics: Had one slight deviation of the burn line in the first third but it was corrected as we smoked. Had one relight in the middle of the second third. Otherwise good construction, medium grey ash, and cool.
Conclusion/Overall Impression: As my friends asked in the beginning of the review, did the price justify the taste ? If you like the cigar you will spend.
In the Lone Wolf Cigar Lounge , the cost is $29.99 for the robusto but remember this is Los Angeles where the cigar taxes suck.
Final Thoughts and the Numbers: A quality smoke which delivers good taste, construction and flavor. I do not as a rule spend 30.00 for a cigar but if you do, this is a good choice.
Appearance/Construction: 4 out of 5
Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 4 out of 5
Smoking Characteristics: 3.5 out of 5
Overall Impression: 3.8 out of 5