Review of Cohiba Connecticut Cigars
By: Gary Manelski
Released in March 2019, Cohiba Connecticut is the first Cohiba cigar made with an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper. The blend consists of Brazilian, Dominican and Nicaraguan filler leaves, bound by a Mexican San Andreas binder. The cigars are available in four sizes, including a Robusto (5½ x 50) priced at $19.99 per stick, which was sampled for this review. For more information about these cigars, please see the press release.
With a price tag of $20 and up (depending on size), Cohiba Connecticut can be considered a super-premium cigar. The construction is impeccable, the burn slow and even, the draw great, and the cigar's feel and appearance are top rate. The sample cigar held a long ash, and no relights nor touch-ups were needed during the 65 minutes that it took me to smoke the Robusto down to two inches remaining.
The cigar had a pleasing tobacco flavor highlighted by modest amounts of pepper and spice with hints of sweetness, along with some light toast. The body was at the lower end of the medium range. About half-way through, a few creamy notes joined the mix. Although the flavor was enjoyable, it was not as satisfying as expected for a cigar priced at $20 per stick. I have enjoyed similar Macanudo cigars for about half the price.
Therefore, when value is factored into the equation, I rate the Cohiba Connecticut with 3.75 points on a 5-point scale. Although the cigar's construction is impeccable, and the taste is comparable to some lower-priced cigars that I have rated with 4 points, a $20 price tag should deliver superior flavors that are better than just very good. As one example, check out the Cohiba Macassar. For a lower-priced medium-bodied Cohiba, also check out the Cohiba Blue.
Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.