Today my humble little blog turns a whopping 5 years old. In internet years that is old. Sites on the internet come and go like leaves in the wind and it seems to be especially true of cigar related blogs. Considering that, I am rather proud of my little corner of the internet and how long it has managed to hang on, or more accurately perhaps; how long I have managed to hang on and stay committed to keeping this thing going. So today I celebrate 5 years of cigar reviews and mediocre writing with a very special smoke that my readers helped me to pick. During the first half of June I posted a poll asking my readers to help me decide which cigar I should review to mark this special milestone. There were 5 stellar cigars to choose from and in the end the Tatuaje Reserva SW Maduro was just barely edged out by an equally special Cohiba Robusto Reserva from 2003. So here we go, to celebrate Matt’s Cigar Journal’s 5 Year Anniversary, I give you the Cohiba Robusto Reserva…
In 2003 Habanos, SA release a special edition box of Cohiba cigars. It was the Cohiba Selección Reserva and it contained 30 cigars in an assortment of sizes including six robusto sized cigars. To see photos and get all the vital statistic of the cigars that came in this box check out the Cuban Cigar Website by clicking here. I find it a very useful reference for information on Cuban cigars. My sample was very generously given to me by Brother of the Leaf who happened to own a bar in Denmark. I had always hoped to make it over there and check out his bar and smoke a cigar with him but as it happens we have lost touch and I am not sure where he is anymore. I have been saving this very special cigar for a special occasion and I am happy to be finally putting it to flame in celebration of 5 years of blogging about my passion for fine hand made cigars.
This Cohiba has a very classic looking wrapper like light brown leather. It is adorned with a normal Cohiba band and a second black and gold band displaying the Reserva designation. The draw is absolutely perfect. I used Gordon Mott’s “Three Match Technique” to get the cigar lit. Right from the very start this cigar is smooth and buttery. There were creamy notes of vanilla and hint of citrus with a nice floral aroma. It wasn’t long before it starts to change up. The flavors became woody and leathery with a bit of spice and I started to get a bit of salt and pepper on the lips. The aroma is still very floral. Underneath it all is that classic Cuban earthiness and twang. Half way through and this is already one of the most amazing cigars I have smoked. There are flavors I can’t even figure out how to identify. As I made my way through the smoke the cigar kept changing. there were flavors of coffee, nuts, vanilla, honey, fruit, leather, and more. There was lots of that Cuban earthiness mixed in as well and the cigar went from sweet to spicy and back to sweet, the flavors always smooth and creamy on the palate. The flavors were full and rich but never overpowering and it had only a mild nicotine punch. The cigar was an absolute joy to smoke from start to finish. I can’t imagine a better choice of cigar to celebrate my blogs 5 Year Anniversary.