Cigar Czars



Review of Cohiba Serie M Cigar
First Cohiba Made in the USA

By: Gary Manelski

Cohiba Serie M cigars are made at the El Titan de Bronze Cigar Factory in the Little Havana District of Miami, and are the first Cohiba cigars to be made in the USA. These limited edition cigars were made with a Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper, Nicaraguan binders, and a blend of filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and Dominican Republic. The cigars are handmade by Cuban expatriate cigarmakers with a double binder, closed foot, and triple cap with signature fan. The sample cigars that I received were individually packaged in cello along with a cedar strip. Only 5K boxes containing 10 cigars have been made, and in just one Toro (6 x 52) size.

Cohiba Serie M cigars became available at at U.S. cigar retailers on April 12, 2021, and are priced at $29.99 per cigar. For more information about these cigars, please refer to the press release.

My sample Cohiba Serie M cigar started off with a very modest taste of pepper and spice along with just a subtle hint of natural tobacco sweetness. The smoke was somewhat bold and medium-to-full bodied. After about 10 minutes, earth was the predominate flavor, which was accompanied by some subtle spice in the background. After 30 minutes into the smoke, the tastes were mostly leather and earth, which then remained pretty consistent until the end.

The cigar was very well made and had a great draw. The burn was mostly even, but a couple of minor/optional touch-ups were applied at the 30 and 50-minute marks. No relights were needed, and the cigar held a medium-to-long ash. It took me 65 minutes to smoke the cigar down to 1¾ inches remaining.

This was one of those special new cigars that I was really looking forward to smoking. Some cigars can be special just because of what they represent. As the saying goes, sometimes a cigar is not just a cigar. In this case, the release of the first Cohiba made in the USA closely coincided with the retirement of Raul Castro, whose infamous Communist brother helped make Cuban Cohibas one of the most popular and desirable cigar brands in the entire world. Just the fact that a Cohiba brand cigar is now being made in the United States, albeit by General Cigar, has more meaning than just that roll of tobacco alone.

Therefore, this is one cigar that most U.S. cigar smokers may want to try, especially fans of other super premium Cohiba cigars such as the Cohiba Royale. Try just one before buying a box, then compare it to the others before deciding if it is worth the $30 price tag. I rate the Cohiba Serie M with a very good 4 points on a 5-point scale, but feel free to bump that up a bit if you want to consider the intangibles that go beyond the physical characteristics of the cigar itself.

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.

Cohiba Serie M Cigar
Cohiba Serie M Cigar