For this weeks review I decided to take another stab at a brand that almost always disappoints me - Cohiba. Grabbed a Silo II and headed outside in the Chicago wind and rain (had a tornado warning last night) to enjoy some unseasonably warm temperatures.
I bought this cigar somewhere else (reputable) and do not have a box code. It was rested for a little under 60 days at 65%. I bought two in September and I thought the first one was pretty good, but disappointing for the price (that was after only resting for 10 days).
Cigar is in good shape. Decent looking wrapper, colorado color but no real oil sheen. Cut it with a standard cutter and test the draw... It is tighter than I would like but smokeable. Cut a little more off the cap to see if that opens it up. I need to get a Perfect Draw I think. Cutting a little deeper doesn't help so I press forward. The cigar lights up easily.
Perfect burn from the start and I didn't expect this because I am sitting outside in high wind. Creamy rich smoke and a medium full cigar. Black tea and wet wood/moss flavor. Good flavor. Ash held for over an inch in the wind.
Even burn continues. Still with the wet wood/ tea flavor. A lingering spicy herbaceous flavor comes in on the back end. Really enjoying this cigar.
Burn and ash still outstanding. As it heats up I’m getting a little pepper coming through now. Tea is gone, but wet wood remains. As I get close to the nub it wasn’t as enjoyable as the rest but I can’t pinpoint why. This happens to me regularly and wouldn't hold it against the cigar, only on truly exceptional cigars will I nub them. The hot burn at the end of most cigars really puts me off.
I generally haven't enjoyed most Cohiba, and certainly haven't considered them worth the price. The exception to this before had been Medio Siglo, which I loved, but again, not necessarily enough to justify buying a box due to the price/ enjoyment ratio. This cigar did bump up in my estimation from my last experience with it. It went from good to great. I would say it was a solid 85 to maybe 90 point cigar. The 60 days rest really did it wonders compared to the last one I had.