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It is time for another ‘forbidden fruit.’ This time we are smoking Cohiba Siglo VI. Many will call this specimen ‘The Cuban’ cigar that every smoker should enjoy at least once in his/her life. High expectation, right ?
Visually, nothing spectacular. Decent construction with clearly visible seams & veins. Cohiba Siglo VI’s noticeably toothy wrapper was relatively thin and one could easily feel bumps and soft spots underneath. After clipping the cap, noticeably tight draw to the point where I kept rolling the cigar in my fingers to manually introduce a better air flow. I have struggled with this for at least 25min and if it wasn’t for the review, I would have pitched it. I’m glad my patience runs high when I smoke cigars. Second third opened up and flavors started pouring in one after another. Grassy sweetness, delicate spice, coffee, earth, paired up with thick and rich smoke. Definitely an eye opener. Construction wise, same as above. Average wavy beginning and then major u-turn. Almost perfect burn with ~2″ dark grey ash with tons of smoke.
This was definitely a roller-coaster, similar to Montecristo Sublimes LE 2008. I hate to make general statements but I’m faced with the same issue when it comes to cuban cigars – inconsistency. When you get a good one, it is one special smoke but unfortunately that percentage within a box is low. When I pick a cuban sample out of a box, I hope for good burn and good draw. With non-cubans, those two most of the time are given and I hope for enjoyable flavors. In the end, Cohiba Siglo VI’s beginning was forgettable but the middle and end put this cigar on the map and back in my rotation. Try it for yourself.
Country of Origin: Cuba
Construction > OK
Burn > Good
Enjoy > Mixed
Recommend > Yes
Buy > 5pack