Saturday 15 December 2007

Review - Cohiba Siglo VI - 95/100

The Cohiba Siglo VI is a True Cuban Cigar.

It has many times been ranked as one of the best cigars in the world by multiple publications. It has scored high on the Cigar Aficionado as well as the European Cigar Cult Journal. On the other hand, the Siglo VI has also been criticized for its changing quality in rolling. The wide range of opinions is a result of the huge demand on Cohiba cigars and through that a large scale of production in a few different factories in Cuba. The more there are people rolling these cigars, the more their quality changes from one cigar to another. That is probably a fact, that cannot be erased with the present day resources.

Anyway, whatever the conditions of production, cigars should be reviewed and scored as finished goods. There should not be any additional variables in the somewhat difficult task of scoring a cigar as fair and objectilely as possible.

To the point:

The Canonazo sized Siglo VI is a perfect cigar. It represents the Cohiba brand to the fullest in all aspects. My experience of the rolling and construction have not been anything else than great. It has a beautiful oily wrapper and its aroma is something stunning. The cigar lights up perfectly and produces beautiful firm white ash and smoke. The burn is even and cool enough to support all the flavors from the three times fermented tobacco.

The overall flavor is creamy and smooth from the beginning all the way to the end. Wrapped inside the creamy frame is a whole bunch of different flavors. First, when you light up the cigar, you notice a balanced taste of tobacco from the Vuelta Abajo district. It soon gives room to a spicy and somewhat coffee-like flavor, that seems to suite my palate perfectly.

The next thing that you'll notice as you smoke the Siglo VI further, are the fragile hints of cedar and vanilla, that rise occasionally from behind the spicy body. When closing down the end, the flavors grow stronger and give away a woody finish.

I would consider the Cohiba Siglo VI to be a full bodied Cuban Classic, that defines the Cohiba la LĂ­nea 1492 family and pretty much underlines what smoking quality cigars is all about.

Origin: Cuba

Construction 19/20
Appearance 19/20
Smoke/Ash 9/10
Burn 19/20
Draw 20/20
Aroma 9/10 (9,10,9)


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