Cohiba XV 550

These cigars are blended by Daniel Nuñez to create a more robust blend compared to the Cohiba red dot from the Dominican Republic. These Cohiba’s are in no way affiliated with the Habanos flagship Cohiba from Cuba. The filler contains Nicaraguan ligero and Dominican piloto cubano ligero and the binder is a Connecticut broadleaf while the wrapper is a sungrown Sumatra from Ecuador. Now this is my first non Cuban Cohiba and judging on past experiences with non Cuban Bolivar’s, Punch and Partagas, I don’t have high expectations, even though I know I ain’t a cigar snob.
This 5×50 cigar has a beautiful dark and oily wrapper with one big vein and some spots. The construction feels firm but evenly firm. The predraw is good and I taste some pepper and tobacco. The cigar has a nice band and a firm hay smell.
I taste a full coffee flavor with some dry wood but the coffee almost instantly disappears. After an inch and a half I taste wood with some earth flavor and a tiny bit of chocolate.
A little over halfway the wood disappears and I taste a bit of an ashy earth flavor. After ⅔ I taste wood again, but with an ashy taste to is.
The smoke time of this cigar is about 90 minutes. I got a decent amount of smoke which was a bit thin. The draw and burn are good and the light gray ash is quite firm. This cigar is mild to medium flavored and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, there are better cigars out there, especially for the price

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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