Size:4 7/8″ x 50
Age: 2.5 Years
Price: $36 CAD
Although most of my collection is comprised of non-Cuban cigars, I have collected a fair amount of them over the years. Given their ultra-premium price, it becomes financially straining to try and build an exclusively Cuban collection, and in my opinion, I think its crazy if you only smoke Cuban’s (given the amount of awesome non-Cubans available!).
I have had a couple boxes of Cohiba Robusto‘s sitting in my humidor for the past few years virtually untouched. Given the beautiful warm weather I wanted to take one of these babies for a spin and see how the aging process has changed their flavour profile. The cigars are perfectly constructed with a dense yet light pack. The wrapper was flawlessly constructed and it had the appearance of being sculpted rather than wrapped. I took on of the robusto’s from the cabinet box and snipped the end off with my table cutter. I toasted the foot with a cedar match and gave the final light with my butane torch. The initial flavours were burnt wood, cedar and a hint of fresh hay.
First Third (1/3) – 15 min
The robusto was simply delicious that I was inadvertently puffing on it too often which caused the burn time to decrease. I find that this type of entrancement causes said phenomena and it takes a practiced self-awareness to mitigate it. Flavours of ice-wine and sweet peach dominated the finish and it had a tingling sensation of spicy chilli pepper. It was such a delicious combination that I was tempted to eat the cigar rather then smoke it….which I almost did! As the burn quickly proceeded onto the second third there began a noticeable transition on the finish.
Second Third (2/3) – 20 min
The smoke output was definitely massive and thus the cigar moved from what was a medium-full body in the first third to an absolute full body in the second. Although the cigar produced no noticeable strength, the flavours were themselves so full that they felt as if they were on the verge of being overwhelming. Thankfully they were not, but it kept me on the edge of my seat nonetheless. The notes of ice-wine fortified themselves into a more savoury port wine which was compliment nicely by the meaty, almost chewy texture on the finish. The spice remained but it was difficult to differentiate which spice it was. It regardless tingled my throat and the sides of my jaws. Overall this third was the star of the show.
Final Third (3/3) – 20 min
The final third really tied the previous two together. Most of the flavours that came in and out of the previous two made a resurgence, but were far more difficult to distinguish as the temperature increased. The taste of port was one of the first flavours to diminish and it was replaced by a stronger profile which was reminiscent of espresso, but more specifically the creamy froth on the top of the espresso. Overall, this third was as delectable as the first two!
Total Smoke Time: 55 min
Like the previous Cuban cigars that The leather Library has reviewed, the Cohiba Robusto is a Cuban Classic and is a staple stick in all aficionado humidors. The flawless construction, great burn time and an amazing host of flavours really makes this stick shine. Given all of these great attributes The Leather Library gives this cigar on its 10-Point Stogie Scale a:
By: Steven Umbrello
Steven Umbrello is a student of philosophy and an avid cigar and pipe smoker. He has been smoking cigars and pipes for over five years and has made it his mission to learn as much about the industry as possible. He has attended some high profile cigar events and is a leading member of the Toronto Cigar Club. You can find more from Steven at his blog The Leather Library Blog.