It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I review an aged Cuban cigar from 2004. The Cohiba Robusto is a 4.9×50 cigar made up of all Cuban tobacco. The silky smooth wrapper gives off a woody leather aroma. Out of the foot, a rich tobacco and earth smell emits. On the cold draw, I find some buttery toast and moss. Once lit, the draw gives me buttery and salty wood. Through the nose, there is a smooth cedar, and the finish rounds out with a hint of spice alongside some earth and wood.
After twenty-five minutes, the first third closes out. On the draw, I get a buttery cream with some smooth cedar and a very grassy tobacco note. The retro-hale hits me with a zing of peppery cedar on top of vegetal earth and soft leather. The finish is superb with a nice honey on my tongue and lips as well as a salty almond note underneath classic Cuban tobacco flavor. The body of the smoke is a steady medium, while the strength settles in at the mild-to-medium mark.
Fifty minutes in, I finish the second third. The draw evolves to give me white pepper with a smooth, creamy cedar on top of a buttery coffee. Through the nose, there is black pepper with some grassy cedar and a slight cinnamon. On the finish, there is delicious fruity leather with some earthy wood and toast. The body and strength are now both at the medium mark.
An hour and a half in, I finish the final third. On the draw, there is a salty wood note with more of that buttery coffee flavor and a refined hazelnut. Through the nose, I pick up grassy black pepper and chocolaty leather. The finish ends strong with a very nutty cedar flavor alongside rich earth and spicy leather. Strength and body both end at the medium mark.
Overall, this cigar was fantastic. The flavor was so good I brought out the skewer so I could smoke it down to the nub. Age definitely does wonders for a lot of Cuban cigars, and the Cohiba Robusto is no exception. It’s got a lot of complexity with smooth, balanced smoke, and if you have the patience to wait a few years to smoke one or the coin to drop on one that’s already-aged, I assure you will not be disappointed.