Sunday, August 10, 2008

Cohiba Siglos III (Cuban)

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The Cohiba Siglo Series was introduced in November of 1992 and sold internationally in the the Spring of 1994. They were created to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus. It is speculated that they were created to fill the gap left by the discontinuation of the Cuban Davidoff cigars. There are six different sizes in this series. I had the pleasure of smoking the Siglo III which is a Corona Grande with the dimensions of 42 ring gauge by 6 and 1/8th inches.

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Overall, these cigars are just a beautiful sight to behold. I remember opening the box and just admiring the superb quality of it's construction. The wrapper is a gorgeous reddish brown with a nice oily sheen. The aroma of the cigar is very prominent and you know right away you are in the presence of the very best tobacco Cuba has to offer. Price-wise, it commands top dollar per stick plus the conversion rate of the declining U.S. Dollar versus the Euro. I forget what I paid, but they can range in price from the mid 200's to low 400's for a box of 25.

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When you light the cigar, right away you get lots of flavor. I tasted charred coffee beans. It doesn't take long for the cigar to settle in to some really nice warm flavors. Unlike, other cigars which can take a while to develop, this cigar has no sweet spot because the entire cigar is the sweet spot. I enjoyed balanced flavors of coffee bean, leather, a nice sweet hint of grassiness, roasted nuts and spicy vanilla bean. The finish was nice and long, and if you're patient enough to wait between puffs, you can also taste caramel and licorice.

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I would recommend aging these cigars in your humidor when you first get them. I had terrible burn issues when I tried to smoke them out of the box because of the oiliness of the wrapper. You end up having to re-light the cigar frequently which can take away from it's flavor. It's now two months since I've rested my Siglos III and they seem to have rewarded me by burning nicely with occasional touch-ups to correct a slightly jagged burn line. I also would recommend keeping them at a humidity level less than the recommended 70% to allow this type of wrapper to dry out a little. As far as the draw goes, I find that this cigar has a nice easy draw despite feeling firmly packed. In return you get a nice firmly packed ash that doesn't drop off until you make it come off. The ash color is white to light gray in color with black specks.

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The finish of this cigar just goes on forever. In fact, as I type this review I can still taste the wonderful balanced flavors on my tongue. There was no harshness. Even at the end the cigar stays perfectly harmonious. I would highly recommend this cigar and encourage everyone to try it if they get the opportunity. Each puff will put a smile on your face and have everyone wondering why you are so damn happy!

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I would rate this cigar a 95.


1 comment:

Women smoking cigars said...

They do triple ferment that cohiba Cuban cigar, that’s why it tastes so good. I heard that if you get caught smoking the Cuban cohiba you can go to jail that's why I order mines online. The cohiba cigar has a nice cocoa sensation as you smoke it. A nice even burn till start to finish. It relieves stress. I wrote something about the history of cohiba Cubans on my blog if you want to look at http://womensmokingcigars.wordpress.com/2009/08/19/cohiba-cigars/
I like to smoke this with one of my various drinks. A good cigar for a modest price.