Cohiba. Say that in a tobacco store, and you will see nods of agreement, if not an enthusiastic “darn good cigar” response. These cigars are named after the famous ones from Cuba, that are banned due to the embargo, but the ones from the Dominican Republic are known for high quality, and a full bodied experience you will not forget. The famous “red dot” that’s on each band, along with the cost, are due to this company’s high standards. They are a quality vs quantity type of manufacturer, and I’ve been a big fan of their cigars since first firing one up. Most of their smokes have a large ring gauge, but the Lonsdale is a bit strange, as it only has one that is 44 in size.
This six inch cigar is quite pretty, with a golden wrapper that will capture your attention. There are no complaints about its construction, as there are no leaking seams or loose pieces of tobacco. You can easily get a couple of inches of ash on the end, and whether you go with a guillotine or punch cut, this cigar will hold up just fine. It would be better to go with the former, as the smoke volume isn’t what you’ll get from a larger Cohiba. Its average at best for that, and you are going to need a bit of a pull on that. This cigar will hold up to being bounced around a shirt pocket, or being chewed upon though, although the tobacco does seem wrapped a bit too tight.
As for the taste, this is the most mild Cohiba I’ve ever had. While it will not be confused with taste deprived cigars from the Caribbean nation, this is a lot more Dominican than Honduran, which a vast majority of their products remind me of. There’s some creamy, velvety notes, and a crisp taste, but I wasn’t too fond of the aftertaste. The pungent flavor after just having this wasn’t appreciated, and while not the worst I’ve experienced, it does take away from the overall rating of this expensive cigar. This might be good for those smokers who want a Cohiba, but are not ready for a regular robusto or the even more powerful Extra Vigoroso.
You should be able to find Cohiba Lonsdale’s at tobacco stores, but if not, they are sold through a number of on line retailers. This is not a bad cigar, but it does seem to be priced too high at $12 each. You can get them for around $9 each if you purchase a box of twenty five, and with age in a humidor they might gain a little bit of strength. The quality is there, but it just lacks the power that I like from this brand, along with the plumes of smoke volume that other Cohiba’s have. Its worth a try, as it is “something different” from this well established company, but it does not hold a candle compared to their other selections, which are extraordinary.