Cohiba Siglo IV (4) review

Price: $40
Size: 5.6 x 46 (Corona Gorda)
Package: CAB of 25
Box Date: GSO FEB 07
Paired with: Coffee

As you all know by now, Cohiba is one of my favorate brands and what is better than Siglo IV to enjoy in today’s beatiful sunny day on the rooftop. I smoke these cigars when I know I have enought time to relax and appreciate the silky tatse and never smoke it if I know I have to rush it or lay it down half done. I dont specially when its cold outside since it tend to affect the taste and makes it bitter. Anyhow, this cigar has exactly 2 years of age and comes from a Cab of 25.

Cohiba Siglo IV (4)

Pre-light:
Upon inspection I found a little crack on the foot but nothing problematic. Cigar looked amazing and upon clipping I got a decent draw just a little towards the tight side. Cold draw was very aromatic before lighting.

First third:
Cigar started really full body more like a bolivar with that full finish balanced with silky tobbaco flavor and a touch of sweetness. I am delighted everytime to see the balance between power and delicate flavor. Most dominent flavor was faint cohiba grassy taste with lots of body. Such a nice balance.

Cohiba Siglo IV (4)

Second third:
Cigar continued to burn razor sharp and produced good amount of smoke. I could not stop my self from constantly puffing away as its complex taste is very addictive and you want more and more. My warm coffee was complementing the full body flavors and at this point I was really enjoying it.

Cohiba Siglo IV (4)

Final third:
At this point cigar was picking up on body and became fuller with every puff. Burn was still great and Cohiba’s silky/grassy flavor was still coming through without any bitterness or harshness.

Cohiba Siglo IV (4)

Conclusion:
As always, I think Cohiba Siglo IV is the one of the best cigars out of this line and never fails to deliver. Its a pricey cigar but it always satisfies if you love the Cohiba’s unique grassy flavor. Corona gorda feels natural in your hand and smoke time is about 45 minutes. I think its nice delicacy for a special occasion. If you haven’t tried one do your palette a favor and buy a single. As far as aging goes all Cohibas become great in 5 years. Remember, five years of rest, brings out the best.

Happy Smoking!

By the way here my ugly winter ashtray which I cleaned up today.

Ugley winter ashtray

Nasty close-up picture

Ugley winter ashtray

Partagas Serie P No.2 Tubos Review (2008 Release)

Price: $26
Size: 6 x 52 (Pyramid)
Package: Tubos
Paired with: Ice water

It has been a few weeks I was eying Partagas Serie P No.2 Tubo which was given to me back in November at Cuban Relief effort charity event. This cigar is the same Partagas Serie P No.2 which has been just packaged in tubos boxes of 10 in 2008. Technically the first ever pyramid to go into tubo.  I don’t have exact production date but my guesstimate would be mid 2008.

Partagas Serie P No 2 Tubos

Pre-light:
After opening the tubo and enjoying the beautiful tobacco aroma mixed with cedar, quick inspection showed a great 10/10 construction with beautiful dark chocolate wrapper. Just the foot was a little soft where I always gently squeeze to ensure proper humidity before lighting up as dry cigars tend to bother my pallet.

First third:
I clipped the cigar with my Xikar cutter and got perfect draw. Upon easy lighting it started with explosion of flavors which were creamy, woodsy, Cuban tobacco and some spice. It was a delight. Medium body and very complex.

Partagas Serie P No 2 Tubos

Second third:
Cigar continued to produce pleasant flavors with great burn. Every puff produced lots of smoke, rich with creamy flavors and spices. At this point woodsy flavor was picking up.

Partagas Serie P No 2 Tubos

Final third:
I was smoking outside and didn’t get to fully enjoy the final third but all flavors from the first third were present with some added spice which made it really hard to let go but I had to with 17 KM per hour wind in minus zone.

Partagas Serie P No 2 Tubos

Conclusion:
I absolutely love this cigar and I wish I would have purchased a couple of boxes from initial release for aging. I think the tight tubos seal which has cedar lining inside creates ultimate aging environment for any cigar. I recommend this cigar if you like full flavor mild Cuban cigars.
Remeber, five years of rest, brings out the best.

Happy Smoking!

H.Upmann Coronas Junior Tubos Review

Price: $16
Size: 4/5 x 36 (Cadetes)
Package: Tubos
Paired with: Ice water

After a long break from smoking cigars in Toronto’s cold winter I decided to visit my desktop humidor for a little treat and came across H.Upmann Coronas Junior Tubo. When opened the tube, I was greeted with amazing Cuban tobacco aroma which was pleasent and sweet. These cigars come in boxes of 25 of tubos and this particular cigar was a gift from a friend who went to Playa Del Carman’s La Casa Del Habanos store so I don’t have exact production date but I assume it was rolled mid 2008.

H.Upmann Coronas Junior Tubos Review

Pre-light:
Cigar construction was excellent and cap clipped with no problem. I did not feel any spongy areas and the draw was good and a bit towards the loose side.

First third:
Cigar started really nice with even burn and I was getting trademark H.Upmann sweet taste with each puff. I was getting allot of white smoke and cigar showed some good consistency all along the first third. Most noticeable flavors were toasted/sweet coffee with some cedar coming through. medium body.

H.Upmann Coronas Junior Tubos

Second third:
Burn started to go off a little and with one correction everything was back to normal. I was getting same flavors as first third which was mostly sweet coffee and some cedar and at this point little floral taste was coming in and out with every puff.

H.Upmann Coronas Junior Tubos

Final third:
At this point cigar was becoming more medium to full.  Flavors were mostly cedar and sweetness with some strength which made it very pleasant. I continued puffing until I reached the band and it was time to let it rest and die.

H.Upmann Coronas Junior Tubos

Conclusion:

I think overall this is a nice little cigar with delicious flavors and enough strength to leave you fully satisfied.  This was my last H.Upmann Coronas Junior Tubos, but I will definitely pick one up if I come across it in any cigar shop. I totally recommend trying one if you are looking for true Cuban flavor which does not break the bank but and make sure you let it rest before smoking as they age really well in tubes. As always, I say, five years of rest, brings out the best.

Happy Smoking!