Team Cigar Review: Cohiba Connecticut Robusto

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Cigar Details: Cohiba Connecticut Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Mexican San Andrés
  • Filler: Brazilian Mata Fina, Dominican Piloto Cubano and Nicaragua
  • Factory: General Cigar Dominicana
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $19.99
  • Release Date: March 2019
  • Source: Cohiba

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Cohiba Connecticut Robusto is a light, golden brown with a network of veins present. The seams are easily visible as they are slightly raised while the head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. The band is white, black and gold and carries the brand and line name. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of light wood and hay along with a faint barnyard funkiness. The foot just brings a light wood. The pre-light draw is all about dry hay with a very faint spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Cohiba Connecticut Robusto has a nice brownish hay coloring to the wrapper and is silky in texture. Firm throughout, the wrapper is giving off aromas of cedar, wood shavings, spices and eraser. The foot on the other hand is giving off notes of raisins, currants, spices, cedar and earth.

Pre-light Experience

The Cohiba Connecticut Robusto has a silky smooth Connecticut Shade wrapper, with the new unified Cohiba band branding. The brand is gold and black, with white lettering on a white background and red accents. The aromas from the wrapper are cedar, light hay and faint earth. Similar light hay notes in the foot, along with sweet tobacco.

Pre-light Experience

General Cigar’s Cohiba Connecticut Robusto has a fairly standard Colorado Claro wrapper shade. Veins well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll uniform and head finished off with a well wrapped cap. Aromas from the wrapper tell hay and cedar. Aromas from the foot give black pepper, charcoal, cedar and hay. Cold draw gives cedar and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with toasted wood, hay and a light baking spice. At a half inch in, a slight char joins the toasted wood. The retrohale carries a nice toasted oak note. As the third comes to a close, the profile is toasted and slightly charred oak along with a light baking spice. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

The first third begins by showing some cedar and spice, and it is accompanied by manure and earth qualities. There are some creamy aspects present as well, and with that is this onion powder like flavor. I would classify the cigar as being medium in strength and body, and it’s a decent start for the cigar.

First Third

Intense sweetness notes off the first few draws. Sweet hay, with faint cedar on the retrohale. On the post draw are baking spices. As the cigar progresses, those baking spices are present on the retrohale, lingering on the tip of my tongue. The sweetness on the main draw begins to carry into the post draw, and leather joins it as the first third settles in. Dry cedar joins the post draw moments later. By the halfway point, faint cocoa is present on the mid palate and end of the draw. Of the three Cohiba Connecticuts, the first two were average in the first third with the last sample being good in the first third.

First Third

First third’s flavor profile is creamy, nutty, bread/toast, hay and cedar. Retrohaling brings forth some spice in a spicy raw cut cedar type of fashion as well as an increases in the nuttiness. The finish is pretty short with a lingering cedar and hay combination. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

The second third kicks off with a better balanced version of the toasted and slightly charred oak, along with a faint baking spice. At three quarters of an inch in, the depth of the oak is really beginning to come out as the char has gone away. The retrohale has maintained the toasted oak profile. As the third comes to a close, a slight char returns to the profile to go along with the toasted oak. The baking spice is no longer present. The strength in this third has bumped up to medium.

Second Third

I am in the second third of the cigar and it is continuing to deliver those cream and cedar flavors. There are some toasted bread notes present now as well, and with that is some pepper and salt. Like before, the cigar is medium in strength and body.

Second Third

Second third decreases on the well blended nature of the first third by introducing a burning paper like flavor component. This note is hard to get over since it takes over the much enjoyed creamy, nutty characteristics. Strength and body remains medium.

Second Third

Second third decreases on the well blended nature of the first third by introducing a burning paper like flavor component. This note is hard to get over since it takes over the much enjoyed creamy, nutty characteristics. Strength and body remains medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, some bitterness joins the profile. At a quarter inch in, the char begins to pick up. At a half inch in, some hay becomes present. The retrohale maintains its toasted oak profile. As the cigar wraps up, the profile is toasted and charred oak along with some bitterness. The strength remained right at medium.

Final Third

I am in the final third now and I am picking up some cedar, onion, bread and cream notes. It is not at the level of the first two thirds and while that is never good for the final third, this cigar in particular could have used a strong finish. Like before, the cigar is smoking at a medium level in body and strength.

Final Third

Dry cedar moves to the front of the palate transitioning in the final third. There is mild bitterness present on my lips which fades quickly.

Final Third

The last third continues to deteriorate namely by having too much of a burning paper note as well as a bitterness that lathers my tongue. As stated within the second third, these things essentially kill the tasty creamy and nutty aspects of the cigar. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn line was slightly wavy throughout. The ash held on in two inch increments.

Burn

The burn on the cigar was very good from start to finish. It started strong and performed well all the way to the end.

Burn

All three samples had great burn performance, holding ash up to 2 inches. I did feel that for a Robusto Extra size, the cigar smoked a bit faster than I would have expected.

Burn

The burn was perfect. Even burn, tight ashes, cool burning temperature and not needing to use my lighter for touch-ups or re-lights.

Draw

The draw was perfect with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The flavor profile was pretty typical of a Connecticut shade wrapped cigar, providing toasted oak, hay and light baking spice. Some char was present in the second half of the cigar. Construction was great and I could really just focus on the flavor. The strength was right around medium the whole way, which is a bit higher than traditional Connecticut shade. The Cohiba Connecticut Robusto would be a good introduction to newer smokers for the Cohiba line. The price point is fairly high for what the cigar provides, but fits with the brands portfolio. I likely wouldn’t return to this frequently due to the price, but could see this as a good pairing in the morning with some coffee. It’s a cigar that’s worth a try to see what you think of it.

Draw

I was pleased with the draw on the cigar from beginning to end. It was rolled very well and allowed just the perfect level of resistance which resulted in a cool and slow smoke.

Overall

Looking back on the Cohiba Connecticut Robusto I was really disappointed. I was hoping for a better performance from the cigar and when you look at the price of the cigar as well, it makes it even more discouraging. I understand if you want to make a Connecticut that is approachable to a handful of cigar smokers, but I think you could have made a mild to medium strength and body cigar while having great flavors. I think they really missed the boat with this cigar and they will struggle in getting Cohiba and/or Connecticut smokers to reach for this cigar.

Draw

Minimal draw issues with the first two cigars, with the third having a 2-1/2 to 3 notch resistant draw. The third sample opened up halfway through the first third to 1-1/2 to 2 notches resistant, similar to the first two samples.

Overall

I found the Cohiba Connecticut Robusto to be a good example of a classical Connecticut Shade. Given the premium price point, and listed tobacco blend, I would have expected more flavor complexity out of these. Burn performance was excellent, with some resistance to the draw on all three cigars. If you gravitate towards the Cohiba brand, and are a Connecticut Shade smoker, this cigar will likely appeal to you.

Draw

The draw was slightly snug for my liking but it is still considered very good with no real issues.

Overall

I’m unsure what the heck happened between the first third’s traditional (good) style of Connecticut Shade and the final two thirds of the Cohiba Connecticut Robusto. If the cigar kept up with the first third, this would have been a fine made traditional Connecticut Shade cigar. But the exponential increase of the burning paper note absolutely destroyed those good flavors from the first third. It’s unfortunate because having smoked two for review, both samples were sadly consistent. Very disappointing, especially for a $20 cigar.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.30

Cost/Point

$3.77

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

4.78

Cost/Point

$4.18

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.45

Cost/Point

$3.67

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.23

Cost/Point

$3.82

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  • Tom of Xigacaocap - September 3, 2019 reply

    I also got a sampler pack from General to give this cigar a try. I will not rush into anything as it seems to be a poor example of a high priced cigar. ” The cigar sucks but such big portions . ” Will try it down the road.

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