El Laguito

El Laguito, Havana, Cuba

Cohiba Lancero

Cohiba, probably the best known cigar in the world with a reputation like no other. Who says Cubans can’t do their marketing? So far I liked all Cohibas that I smoked in the past although I just can’t seem to justify their price tag compared to other marcas, that I like just as much or even better while their cigars are cheaper. This cigar, a long panatela aka laguito #1, is 7.6 inch long with a ring of 38 and is topped with a small pigtail.
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The cigar has a good construction and a mild oily, milk chocolate colored wrapper with lots of thin veins. The predraw is fine, I taste tobacco and raisin while I smell a mild barnyard smell.
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I taste some coffee which morphs into smooth leather rather quickly with some earth. The flavors are smooth, not full. The leather and the earth reach a fine balance after an inch and a half.
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After a third I also get some spice and a few puffs later I also taste leather with a hint of nuts. Halfway the spice disappears and the leather gets stronger.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and twenty-five minutes. I got a good amount of thin smoke. The ash is dark and firm. The draw is great, just like the burn. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? This is a decent cigar but not worth the Cohiba price tag.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Cohiba BHK54

I got this Cohiba behike BKH 54, a 5.7 inch ring 54 robusto extra for my 39th birthday as a gift from a friend. I’ve been wanting to smoke a BHK for some time because of all the buzz that was going around about this cigar, which should be top of the premium Cuban cigars.
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First thing I notice is the beautiful cigar band, it is recognizable Cohiba but with an even more luxurious touch to it. The shiny and oily wrapper is reddish brown and the cigar is topped with a pigtail. The wrapper feels silky and only had tiny veins. The construction feels good and I smell a mild wood smell. The predraw is a bit tight and I taste tobacco and raisin.
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I taste a mild and caramel and honey sweet earth flavor with some wood. The earthy flavors are dominant with a mild pepper in the aftertaste. Soon I can also taste some toast and a bit more pepper. After a quarter of an inch I taste herbs, that earthy flavor with some caramel. On the background I taste caramel and a hint of pepper. After half an inch I taste that earthy flavor with herbs and a little bit of honey. The pepper has disappeared from the aftertaste and the cigar gets more subtle. After three quarters of an inch the cigar is subtle, I taste mild sweet herbs and earthy flavors that are spicy on the palate. After an inch there is also a hint of wood
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After a third I taste honey, wood and earthy flavors, very subtle and halfway the flavors have changed to wood with herbs, the sweetness has disappeared and the cigar is a bit more spicy with some white pepper in the aftertaste. The honey returns with some wood and earthy flavors, still very subtle. After two thirds I taste a bittersweet cacao with leather, lots of leather. The sweet honey returns and takes over the cacao flavors, I still taste a lot of leather too. With an inch and a half to go I taste cinnamon with leather and wood.
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This cigar lasted me for two whole hours. The draw is too tight and the smoke is a bit thin. The dark ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied and has a beautiful burn.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Not for the 30+ euro it sells for in The Netherlands

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Cohiba Piramides LE 2006

I do like Cohiba, the flagship of Habanos, but I think they are way overpriced. This Cohiba piramides edicion limitada 2006 has a price tag over over € 25 in The Netherlands, but when I saw this cigar, covered in bloom, at my favorite cigar shop in Amsterdam, Hartman Cigars on the Beethovenstraat, I decided to pick one up. The 2006 release is a re-release from the 2001 Cohiba Piramides and measures 6.1×52. The cigar has the well known Cohiba and the edicion limitada band.
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The wrapper is dark and oily and I can see two veins. The construction feels good and I smell a Cuban barnyard. The predraw is fine.
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I taste coffee and earth, but the earth becomes the main flavor quickly while the coffee disappears. After three quarters of an inch I also taste some leather to go with the earth. The leather slowly gets stronger and I also get a herbal spice on the background.
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Halfway I also taste a bit of cacao powder on the background and in the aftertaste and it is quite dry. The leather and earth are well balanced with a hint of herbs. The cacao powder disappears. After two thirds I taste some dark chocolate with the leather and earth. Near the end all I taste is leather with some pepper.
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This cigar lasted me almost two hours. I got plenty of thick smoke. The draw is great but I had to correct the burn a few times. The pepper and salt colored ash is coarse but firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Too expensive, but a great cigar nonetheless

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Trinidad Robusto T

Even though Trinidad has been made since 1969, the marca didn’t become available on the customer market before 1997, but it gained a strong fanbase since. The 5×50 Robusto T is the latest addition to the portfolio and I got this as a gift from Patrick, the shopmanager of the La Casa del Habano in Antwerp. We herf there regularly, last time I wasn’t able to go and he gave my friends this cigar for me.
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The cigar is latte colored with a small pigtail. The wrapper has a small veins and a mild oily shine. I like the band. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. It has a tobacco flavor.
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I taste nuts and toast, smooth but full and a few puffs later I also taste wood and pepper. After an inch I taste a lot of leather with some pepper and every now and then some nuts on the background.
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Halfway I still taste leather with a hint of dry chocolate. The nuts slowly grow in strength and starts to overpower the leather. I also taste a strong white pepper taste.
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This cigar lasted me eighty minutes. The draw is great and I get plenty of medium thick smoke. The ash is pepper and salt colored and firm. The burn is great, straight and slow. This Trinidad Robusto T is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Every now and then, great cigar but with a high price tag

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios

A few years back Habanos SA finally decided to release a Cuban maduro, the Cohiba Maduro 5 series, three different vitola’s with a 5 year aged maduro wrapper. The three vitolas are the secretos (4⅓ x 40), magicos (4½ x 52) and the genios (5½ x 52). I got a few of the genios in a trade, I can’t remember the exact box code, but I know they are from 2008.
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The cigar doesn’t look that good, the dark wrapper has some light spots on it, lot of veins and it just looks messy. The cigar is slightly box pressed. There isn’t a lot of aroma, I only smell a mild barnyard aroma. The construction feels good, the predraw is good too and releases a dry straw flavor with some pepper.
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I can taste some earth flavors and a lot of leather with some sweetness, which has a hint of chocolate and some sugar. The earth flavors gain some strength and become just as powerful as the leather.
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The sweetness gets a bit stronger after about an inch. An inch later the leather grows in strength too with herbs, earth and the sweet chocolate as background flavors. After ⅔ the herbal flavors disappear again so I taste leather and earth. The sweetness is now pure sugar, the chocolate has gone.
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The smoke time of this cigar is 85 minutes. I got quite some reasonable thick smoke and a good draw and burn. The dark ashes are quite firm. I got a nice flame while purging this full flavored and full bodied cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe when I am in a cigar lounge and want to light something I don’t smoke often. Cohiba is too expensive in my opinion, so I don’t smoke them often.

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Cohiba Siglo II

Serts gifted me this 5×42 Cuban classic. I don’t know the box date, but because the cigar had a tax band with the old price on it, I know the cigar is between 2 and 3 years old, which probably makes it 2008 release.
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The cigar looks nice. The wrapper has a nice color, but isn’t smooth. It has some spots. The cigar has a Cuban barnyard aroma. The construction feels good and I can say the same about the predraw, that releases a dry wood flavor.
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I taste a full earthy and leathery flavor, something that is typically Cubanesque. The first inch there isn’t much change in flavors and then I get a mild milky chocolate flavor and some herbs on the background. The chocolate is hardly noticeable, it is very subtle and smooth. The flavors are well balanced while the herbs slowly grow a bit stronger.
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Halfway the herbs are still growing in strength and they become the main flavor. After ⅔ leather fights back and becomes the main flavor again with the earthy flavors and herbs as support, the herbs are also the flavor I get in the aftertaste. The finale brings peppery spices.
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During the 60 minutes I was smoking this cigar I got a lot of thick smoke. This full flavored medium to full bodied cigar has a good draw and a good burn. The pepper and salt colored ash and quite firm.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked this cigar a lot.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Cohiba Esplendido

These 7×47 Cohiba Esplendidos are probably the best known cigars worldwide and they have an incredible reputation. I got this cigar from 2006 a few weeks ago from a friend who just purchased a box and thought I should review it. Now I have to say that this specific cigar had a bit of mold on it, which I wiped away before lighting it and I don’t know if that had any effect on the flavors.
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The cigar has the color of milk chocolate and the oily wrapper is bumpy and has quite some veins. The construction feels good and so is the predraw. The flavor of the predraw is dry tobacco and the cigar doesn’t have a strong smell.
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I taste a spicy peppery leather flavor. I get more spices than expected. The spicy and peppery flavor fades away and instead I taste a mild chocolate flavor. After half an inch I taste an earth flavor instead of the leather with again that mild chocolate. The earth flavor slowly gets stronger.
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Halfway I get some more sweet chocolate and a leather flavor joins the earth flavor. This is exactly what you’de expect from a Cuban classic. The leather disappears after two thirds and it’s earth and chocolate again. A few puffs later I taste the leather again and all flavors get stronger and a little bit spicy.
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The smoke time of this cigar is about one hour and thirty five minutes. The draw is good and I get enough smoke, not thick or thin. The ash is dark and medium firm. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied. The burn is good too.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No. I mean, it is a great cigar but not worth the Dutch prices.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 9 / 10

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Cohiba Robusto

This cigar came out of a Robusto sampler I bought a few years ago at Gesto cigars, so I don’t know the box code of this cigar, all I know is that it is from 2007 or earlier. This Cohiba robusto, which saw his release in 1989 is one of the six vitolas from the Línea Clásica from Cohiba
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The cigar has a oily wrapper, quite light colored with just a few small veins. The construction feels a bit hard and the tasteless predraw is a bit hard. The cigar has a typical Cuban barnyard aroma.
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I taste a warm coffee flavor with some leather, the flavors aren’t full at all. I also taste some milky chocolate. After half an inch the coffee disappears and I am stuck with just a mild leather and the milky chocolate. This is way less then I expected.
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The leather slowly grows in strength and the milk chocolate becomes the aftertaste. There isn’t much going on at the palate. At the last third I get quite some earthy tones with a little bit of leather. The chocolate has left de building. At the end the leather becomes the dominant flavor again.
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It is hard to get this cigar going, even though it has been stored under great conditions in my humidor for years. The smoke starts out very thin, but gets thicker along the way, the amount stays poor though. The draw is a bit hard. The pepper & salt colored ash is frayed but firm. This Cohiba is medium flavored, medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, it just didn’t live up to the expectation. I can get better cigars for less money. This cigar proved the point that Cohiba has a bad price vs quality point.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Trinidad Reyes

The Trinidad Reyes is a nice small (4 ¼ inch, ring 42) Cuban cigar with a small pigtail and it’s packed in a cardboard box. The cigar feels well constructed and has a nice wrapper with some small veins. The predraw is fine and releases a raisin flavor. The aroma reminds me of a wet horse.
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I taste wood & leather, spicy and soon I discovered a chocolaty aftertaste. The wood & chocolate disappear soon and it’s classic Cuban leather but still with a spicy bite to it. The finale brought the wood & chocolate back while the leather smoothly faded away.
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Even though this is a small cigar, the smoke is thick and there is plenty smoke available. The ash is quite dark and I had a few minor burning issues.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Probably not, even though I liked the flavors but this cigar is too small for me
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Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Trinidad Robusto Extra

This 6 x 52 Cuban puro stands out from the masses because of the pigtail at the mouthpiece of the cigar. The wrapper is pretty and only has some small veins. The aroma is mild but clearly the well known Cuban barnyard smell. The predraw is on the hard side of fine and leaves me with a raisin flavor.
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I can taste warm coffee and leather flavors soon to be accompanied by a chocolate aftertaste. After an inch the coffee and leather disappear and the chocolate becomes the main flavor and turns a bit creamy. The power of the flavor grows a bit. Halfway I can taste the mild leather flavor again. At 2/3rds I say goodbye to the chocolate, creamy leather keeps me company until a full nutty flavor tells me it is time to put the cigar away.

 

The draw is on the tough side of good. The amount of smoke is a bit thin, I would have liked a bit more smoke. The ash is compact, firm and light colored with a perfect burn. In the beginning this cigar doesn’t pack a lot of power to the flavors, but slowly the flavors and the cigar become more powerful, although it never turns into a powerhouse. I would call this cigar a medium smoke.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Even though I liked the finish, I don’t think I will buy this cigar again due to the high price.

Appearance: 7 /10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke && ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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