Cel­e­brate in style

Mem­bers of vi­tuoz­ity’s club lim­i­tada Mark The 50Th an­niver­sary of co­hiba by sam­pling Two of The brand’s great cigars

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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 venue

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.

The cigars

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.

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