Team Cigar Review: Cohiba Spectre CS19

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Cigar Details: Cohiba Spectre CS19

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 49
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Brazil
  • Factory: General Cigar Dominicana
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $90.00
  • Release Date: November 2019
  • Source: Cohiba

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Cohiba Spectre CS19 is medium brown with a slight reddish hue. There is a network of decently raised veins present and while the seams are smooth, they are fairly easily visible due to some color variation on the wrapper. The head is finished well with what appears to be a double cap. There are two bands with the primary carrying the new design for the brand with the brand and line name in gold over a carbon fiber style background. There is holographic gold borders at the top and bottom of the band which also show the brand and line. The thinner secondary band is the same design and just denotes the line. The aroma from the wrapper is just like opening a brand new humidor. The foot brings a subtler version of the Spanish cedar and has some additional sweetness. The pre-light draw is cedar with a light stone fruit sweetness and there is a sweet and spicy note present on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Cohiba Spectre CS19 has a great wrapper and it is right between being Colorado-Maduro and Maduro in coloring. It has that awesome dark marbled brown color. The veins are large and noticeable to the touch and the wrapper itself has a leathery texture with oils present as well. The cigar is firm, it’s heavy and is giving off aromas of rich earth, chocolate, wood, tobacco, soft spices and orange peel.

First Third

The cigar begins with cedar and a light metallic note. At a quarter inch in, some chalky mustiness joins in which makes the metallic note very faint. By the half inch mark, the metallic note is gone as a subtle sweetness is now present in the background. The retrohale has the chalky mustiness up front with the cedar right behind. At an inch and a quarter, a slight metallic note rejoins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the chalky mustiness dominates the profile as the cedar is secondary and the light metallic note is popping in and out. The strength in this third was mild-medium.

First Third

The first third opens up by delivering cured meat flavors. There are some orange citrus and peel notes present as well and I am getting some dry wood and rich earth. There are bitter dark chocolate notes on the finish along with some red pepper. I would classify the cigar as being medium-full, and that goes for strength, body and flavors.

Second Third

The second third is just a continuation of the chalky mustiness, cedar and light metallic note popping in and out. At a half inch in, a slight meatiness joins the profile. At an inch in, a burning paper note joins. The retrohale carries chalky mustiness, cedar and the burning paper. At an inch and a quarter, the cedar has taken the lead with the chalky mustiness right behind. The burning paper note is still in the background, but the metallic and meaty notes are no longer present. As the third comes to a close, the cedar remains up front while the chalky mustiness and burning paper are now even right behind it. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly below medium.

Second Third

The second third shows some transitioning and I am getting coffee, dry wood and those bitter dark chocolate notes. The orange and citrus quality has faded some and the finish is that of leather, cream and red pepper flakes. It is a dark flavor profile and quite enjoyable. Like before, the cigar is medium-full in strength, body and flavors.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the chalky mustiness and burning paper have the lead with the cedar slightly behind. At a quarter inch in, the burning paper is now in the lead with the mustiness, which has lost the chalkiness, right behind. The cedar is quite faint now. At a half inch in, the cedar gains some char and picks up in fullness, but is still behind the burning paper and mustiness. At an inch in, the charred cedar has the lead with the burning paper and mustiness right behind. The retrohale is just mustiness and burning paper. At an inch and a half, the burning paper and mustiness have flip flopped with the charred cedar. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Final Third

The final third shows some additional transitioning and with that is a return of the orange peel and citrus flavors. I am getting some nutty aspects to the cigar, it has this creamy peanut butter flavor, and with that is cream, minerals, leather, coffee and dark chocolate. Like before, it has a medium-full strength, body and flavor level and the finish is smooth and cool.

Burn

The burn was straight the entire way. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

The burn was very good from start to finish. I was afraid because of the wrapper that it would not burn well, but that is not the case at all. Smoked great from start to finish with a lovely charcoal ash that held on firmly.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar began with cedar and a light metallic note. A musty chalkiness joined in fairly quickly which knocked the metallic note down and it would pop in and out of the profile. The musty chalkiness and cedar were the primary components the rest of the way and a burning paper note joined in to go along with that. The final third saw the cedar gain some char and bounced around with which had the lead between it and the mustiness and burning paper. The construction was great and strength built from mild-medium to medium. The Cohiba Spectre CS19 didn’t start out well and even fell off a bit in the final third. The metallic note and the burning paper were just off putting, but even without them, the profile didn’t have anything great. I hope Seth had a different experience, because with a cigar that carries a price point like this, it’s even more of a major disappointment.

Aaron
Seth
GoodPre
Light
Good
SubparFirst
Third
Good
SubparSecond ThirdGood
PoorFinal
Third
Good
AmazingBurnVery Good
Very GoodDrawAmazing
SubparOverallGood

Draw

The draw was absolutely perfect from start to finish. Perfect!

Overall

Overall, the Cohiba Spectre CS19 is a good cigar. I love the dark flavor profiles that are delivered and they go well with the strength and body level. There was a nice complexity present with the cigar, depth as well, and the transitioning was solid throughout. The cigars themselves were constructed well, but they should be for the price tag. The samples I smoked were from the show, the bands on releases to retailers are different, but the age on these has been beneficial. It makes me wonder how the releases to retailers smoke out of the box. They better smoke great for the price. This is a good cigar that will do well with the wealthy aficionados. You have to retrohale on this cigar to get the flavors, they are melded together and in cases subtle, so if you don’t do that you will be missing out.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

3.83

Cost/Point

$23.48

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.07

Cost/Point

$12.74

Scoring System

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