The Cohiba Nicaragua was one of the many new cigars launched by General Cigar at IPCPR 2014. The interest in Nicaraguan tobacco has grown dramatically over the last few years and General has fully embraced the trend.
Size: 5 x 50
Vitola: N50 Robusto
Wrapper: Sun Grown Colorado Oscuro
Filler: Esteli, Jalapa
Cigars smoked for review: 2
Samples for review provided by General Cigar
Quick Note: For this review I used the Cigar Federation rating system.
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Pre-Light: The Sun Grown Colorado Oscuro wrapper had a reddish hue giving it a cherry wood appearance. The pre-light aromas coming from the wrapper were not very strong or distinct, but the cold draw offered notes of chocolate, nuts, raisins and spice.
Beginning: The Cohiba Nicaragua got off to real nice start. The flavor profile was the exact same as the flavors on the cold draw. Cedar, raisins and milk chocolate were the main notes while a white pepper spice grew through the nose with each puff. The retrohale was soon dominated by this white pepper white balanced out the smooth and sweet qualities of the smoke.
At the one inch mark I was afraid the white pepper was going to overpower things. It had a strong presence on the retro and was hitting the tongue as well. Luckily this was more of a crescendo and the spice began to mellow out. This gave gave the profile a nice balance of smooth, sweet and spicy.
Middle: The middle was my favorite part. The chocolate and nut notes took over with the white pepper offering nice balance and the cedar smoothing things out. This profile was consistent for about two inches and was rather enjoyable. As the middle portion came to a close, the white pepper got frisky again. The spice quickly jumped back up and began to dominate the profile once again.
End: The spice roller coaster continued. It peaked with about two inches left and began to mellow right away. This returned the "sweet spot" which gave the Cohiba Nicaragua a very pleasant end. The strength stayed squarely in the medium range for me while the flavors were quite full.
Final Thoughts: I was intrigued by this cigar when we first saw it at IPCPR and I was impressed by it's performance. The flavors were very enjoyable and the spice gave it enough "kick" to satisfy the modern palate. I feel like this cigar will hit many palates including those who are just getting in to Nicaraguan tobacco. There is even enough there if you are the "I smoke triple ligeros for breakfast" kind of guy. The biggest issue with this cigar is the price point. Cohiba stuff is always in that higher price range, so it was expected and if I paid $13 for this cigar I wouldn't be mad about it. But $13 can be cost prohibitive for some smokers. The N50, which comes in tubos, is offered in an 8 count box, so that will lessen the blow a bit.
Rating: 88 AKA "5-Pack"
The only thing that keeps me from giving this a higher rating is the price. I hate to say things like that, but it's true. The flavor and performance of the cigar were great. I found myself having to relight the cigar pretty often, but I imagine that was my fault more than an issue with the cigar itself. If these were a few bucks cheaper, I'd score them in the low 90's and probably pick up a box. As the price is now, I'll stick with a 5-pack here and there.
In the video below, Logan gets the low down on the Cohiba Nicaragua from Ed. Try not to be distracted by the lovely lady in the background.