There’s just something special about a Cohiba cigar. While the Cuban was is more impressive, its hard to find due to the U.S. embargo, so don’t bother looking for one unless traveling abroad. However, the Dominican version isn’t a pathetic reproduction, but rather a fine cigar in its own regard. In fact, if the U.S. embargo is ever liften against the ones from Havana, I’m sure these stogies will still be sold everywhere. The reason is simple, and it comes down to quality. You’d be hard pressed to find such construction, from any brand, some of which are much more expensive. While buying one of these is a bit costly, you do “get what you pay for.” The corona is one of their smaller ones, but it has so much to offer.
The 5×42 Cohiba Corona is a cigar that smokes “bigger than it is.” A lot of cigars with this ring gauge, don’t deliver serious smoke volume. This one allows you to blow serious smoke rings, and “huffing and puffing away” for a decent draw won’t be required. I was pleasantly surprised by how such a small cigar, could deliver such large amounts of peppery infused smoke. This is not for the faint of heart, and while it won’t be confused with a rough Honduran, you’ll want this for an after dinner treat. Don’t think about smoking this in the morning, as its robust in strength. Its a fine cigar after a steak dinner, and the pepper, chocolate, and nutty notes are best paired with a bourbon whiskey. This is a “man’s man’s” type of stogie, and should be respected as such, even with its smaller size.
What really impresses me, is how the Cameroon wrapper holds up. Some cigars with this wrapper are delicate. This one certainly isn’t, and it can take a beating a shirt pocket all day, or some chewing if you have that habit. It holds the filler tobacco, from the Dominican Republic in perfectly, and will allow you to get a couple inches of ash on the end. Therefore, this is a cigar that will work for the outdoorsman, and I love it with a campfire as well. Lighting it won’t take you long, and if you don’t have the triple butane lighter, have no fear. Matches will take care of it, and in a matter of mere secons.
You are going to pay a high price for this premium cigar. At $10, that’s a lot of money, however even though its small you’ll get about 45 minutes of time with one. That’s not bad, and I’ve enjoyed smoking these with a good book. They make for a fine “reading companion,” and I just love the complexity. These are refined smokes, that just deliver loads of flavor, with a bit of a kick as well. You can find them through a host of online retailers, or any tobacco store. Just be sure that they have the “red dot” on the band, which guarantees them to be authentic.