Team Cigar Review: Cohiba Royale Toro Royale

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Cigar Details: Cohiba Royale Toro Royale

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown
  • Binder: Dominican Piloto Cubano
  • Filler: Honduras and Nicaragua
  • Factory: STG Danli
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $28.99
  • Release Date: March 2020
  • Source: Cohiba

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Cohiba Royale Toro Royale is a dark marbled brown that has a bit of a reddish hue to it. There are a few prominently raised veins present, and the seams are pretty easily visible as they are slightly lifting. The head is finished off with an adequately applied double cap. The band carries the new modern design for the brand and this line has the color combination of red and gray surrounding the brand name in white over black. The aroma from the wrapper is wood and light barnyard funk. The foot brings tobacco sweetness and mild spice. The pre-light draw is cedar with light raisin sweetness. There is also a mid-level spiciness present on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

Finished with a beautiful wrapper that is dark in coloring, the Cohiba Royale Toro Royale is showing some lovely Colorado and Maduro qualities. The wrapper sports small veins that are scarce throughout. It is toothy and oily at the same time. I am picking up aromas of tobacco, rich earth and cherries on the wrapper while the foot is delivering notes of pipe tobacco, rich earth, spices, cherries and cocoa.

Pre-light Experience

The Cohiba Royale Toro Royale has a chocolate brown wrapper, with some thick pressed veins visible at various points on the wrapper. The aromas include leather, sweetness and cedar. Sweet raisin is present from the foot.

Pre-light Experience

The Cohiba Royale Toro Royale has a gorgeous oily, rustic Colorado red wrapper shade. Major veins are decently pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head finished off with a deep layered cap. Nosing the wrapper gives jasmine flowers, wet barnyard and a hint of dry red pepper spice. Aromas from the foot tell a mix of sweet roasted nuts and nasal awakening dry red pepper spice. Cold draw gives cedar and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with a mix of wood, black pepper and light mustiness. At three quarters of an inch in, the black pepper mellows slightly and the mustiness become a bit fuller. The retrohale is an even mix of wood and black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, the black pepper returns to its previous level of fullness but is still slightly behind the wood and mustiness. As the third comes to a close, the profile remains musty wood with black pepper right behind. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third opens up with some cinnamon and red pepper notes. On top of that is some tobacco, cherry, toast and earthy qualities. There is this quality that reminds me of damp pipe tobacco with dark cherry flavors and it brings me back to my youth. It is a medium to medium-full cigar in body and strength, and the flavors are pairing with that perfectly.

First Third

The first third opens with flavors of sweet wood, some vegetal and chlorophyll combination, along with a delayed baking spice on the post draw. Post draw leather joins shortly after. The baking spices are the lead flavor on the retrohale, at roughly medium-full strength. Shortly afterwards, sweetness joins the retrohale at the end. As the cigar settles in, dry cedar takes up the middle of the profile. By the halfway point, some notes of chocolate are present. Breadiness joins the retrohale through the bottom half of the first third.

First Third

The first third is intensely spicy and earthy. There’s a combination of seeded jalapeno peppers and dry red pepper spice heavy on the finish and near impossible to retrohale. The profile is also quite earthy with dry wood and dirt components. Aside from the intense pepper in retrohaling, there is also a citrus rind (but it’s mainly heavy pepper). Strength is teetering between medium and medium-full while the body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the black pepper has lightened up a fair amount. At a half inch in, the black pepper is gone and the wood gains a light char. The retrohale is now a full, musty wood. The musty and lightly charred wood profile is pretty thick and chewy. At an inch and a half in, the char picks up a bit. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Second Third

The second third shows some transitioning and I am beginning to pick up some smoked meat flavors. It is paired with some red pepper, cinnamon and clove qualities, and it has a finish of tobacco, rich earth and cocoa. Like before, the cigar is medium to medium-full in strength, body and flavors. It is a rich and filling cigar.

Second Third

Bread and baking spices lead the retrohale into the second third. Some post draw leather and cedar is present. By the middle of the cigar, the profile becomes wood forward. No other change ups through the rest of the second third.

Second Third

The second third strength ups the ante to a solid medium plus (body still medium). In terms of flavors, no changes. Still a heavy dose of seeded jalapeno peppers and dry red pepper spice. Big earthiness of dry wood and dirt/soil. My palate is starting to feel a bit numb from all the spice and heat.

Final Third

The final third continues on with the charred wood and mustiness. There is also now some bitterness present. At a half inch in, the char picks up a little more. The retrohale is slightly charred wood and mustiness. The cigar wraps up with fairly charred wood and mustiness. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third shows further transitioning and I am picking up some black pepper and oak notes. There are earthy qualities present as well and the finish is that of espresso and cocoa. The finish shows further pepper notes and there is a metallic quality present as well. Like before, the cigar is medium to medium-full in strength, body and flavors. The final third was a departure from the first two thirds in profile, but a lovely finish nonetheless.

Final Third

Fresh cedar defines the retrohale moving into the last third. Dry cedar makes up the middle of the profile as the last third settles in. That cedar on the retrohale and in the middle of the profile define the remainder of the cigar review experience.

Final Third

The only major change within the final third is the finish. The finish is less spice driven and becomes a lasting cedar. Other than that, the overall profile is still full of heat, spice, dry wood and dirt/soil mixture. Strength and body finishes medium-full and medium.

Burn

The burn line was wavy throughout, and very wavy at one point, but it always self corrected and never needed any attention. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

The burn was great from start to finish. Not perfect, but fantastic.

Burn

The cigar begins straight with ash falling on its own at one inch increments. The burn becomes slightly uneven in the second third, eventually requiring a touch-up.

Burn

The wrapper proved to be too difficult to burn. I had to constantly touch-up the cigar every few draws.

Draw

The draw was fairly snug, but I didn’t feel like it caused any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar began with a mix of wood, black pepper and light mustiness. The second third had the black pepper lighten up and then depart as some light char joined the profile. The final third saw the char increase a fair amount and a light bitterness join in. The construction was OK as the tight draw was a bit of a downer. Strength was medium most of the way. The Cohiba Royale Toro Royale started well, but dropped down in each following third as the char joined and kept increasing. I would expect near flawless construction at this price point, so it was a bit disappointing having to deal with the tight draw. Probably not a cigar I’ll return to, but for those that are fans of the Cohiba brand, they’ll likely find this as another cigar in the portfolio they’ll enjoy.

Draw

Could not ask for a more perfect draw with this cigar. Beautiful.

Overall

I loved the flavor profile on the Cohiba Royale Toro Royale and Cohiba has been making some great cigars lately. They’re expensive, but tasty. I am not sure why they did not put more focus on the fact that the wrapper is Nicaraguan Broadleaf, but it was beautiful in texture and I would love to know the total impact it had on the blend. This was a rich and filling cigar that was paired with a great body and strength level. I could smoke these in the morning or evening, and it had a quality that made me want to smoke another after finishing. You typically get that with a good cigar, but there was something about this cigar that really grabbed my attention. It is possible that Cohiba finally made a cigar worth the price, but its past has hurt in justifying pricier Cohibas.

Draw

The draw has some resistance to it, roughly 2-1/2 to 3 notches.

Overall

The Cohiba Royale Toro Royale was an overall good experience. Flavors through the first and second third included wood, vegetal, spices, leather, baking spices, sweetness, bread and wood. The last third was average overall with a general wood flavor defining it. This cigar will certainly satisfy die hard Cohiba smokers, and I think bring a number of people into the fold of the Cohiba brand. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 24 minutes.

Draw

The draw was a bit snug but in the long scheme of things, really not a big issue.

Overall

I think the Cohiba Royale Toro Royale is geared towards only a very select group of cigar enthusiasts. That is, cigar smokers who love intense spice and earth. The mixture of seeded jalapeños, dry red pepper spice, dry wood and dirt/soil was all around heavy on the palate. I expected more complexities to build off these full flavors especially for a $29 price tag. Subjective flavors aside, for this price tag, I also expect issue free burn performance. Not my wheelhouse, but if you love fierce spice, this is a no brainer to pick up.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.35

Cost/Point

$5.42

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.42

Cost/Point

$3.91

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.42

Cost/Point

$4.52

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.20

Cost/Point

$5.58

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