Celebrate in style
Members of vituozity’s club limitada Mark The 50Th anniversary of cohiba by sampling Two of The brand’s great cigars
In case you haven’t heard, cohiba, arguably the definitive cuban cigar brand, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. the brand is expected to unveil a commemorative humidor at this year’s Festival del habano, along with a large-sized special edition cigar. none of this is confirmed – aficionados will have to wait until the end of February to see—but certainly we can expect something special.
In the meantime, cigar lovers around the world are gearing up for the main event in their own ways. and members of vituozity’s club Limitada last month celebrated the 50th anniversary of cohiba in style by sampling two of the brand’s great cigars, and pairing them with sumptuous drinks.
the event was held at the seagrill on 25° Restaurant and Lounge, one of Fairmont the Palm’s top night spots. the venue embraces a prime position overlooking the arabian Gulf, and plays tribute to sunsets, and sea views.
upstairs in the lounge, the venue normally offers an extensive shisha menu is filled with bespoke flavours and blends, but naturally, this event gave guests something much more special to sample. the restaurant also ofers a vast selection of Mediterranean white and rose grape beverages, and exquisite cocktails to choose from. as a result, the venue sets the scene for the perfect sundowner experience.
Given the event was the celebration of a major milestone in cohiba’s history, two particularly fabulous cigars were on offer. the first was a cohiba siglo v, with a ring gauge of 43 and a length of 170 mm. It’s
The second cigar we sampled was the Cohiba Robusto, a mainstay in the standard range, with a length of 124 mm and a ring gauge of 50. The wrapper comes in a lovely medium-brown colour, while the triple-cap is applied expertly. Certainly, the Robusto has a good reputation as being one of Cohiba’s better-constructed sticks, and beautifully the easy draw illustrates that fact perfectly.
In terms of flavour, the first third opens with that classic Cohiban flavour profile of cedar and leather, with some peppery notes thrown in for good measure. Moving down the third, earthy notes begin to pop up, but they’re relatively restrained, meaning that you can simply enjoy the succulence of the leather and cedar mix.
By the second third, the peppery notes, somewhat disappointingly, begin to subside. In the first third, these notes are very well balanced, leaving a slight spiciness on the tongue between puffs. Happily, they’re soon replaced by a saltier note, which adds
to the overall indulgent profile of the whole thing. It goes beautifully with the leather and cedar. Further down the second third, another note comes up—a sweet, dark, fruity flavour not unlike cherry. It morphs the flavour profile from something like an opulent meal to something more akin to an extremely fine wine.
The final third offers more of the same, with that cherry flavour coming out in spades. On top of this, by this point, the cigar chucks out great plumes of thick and tantalisingly tasy smoke, making the Robusto an absolute delight right up until the very end.