Cigar Reviews: Winter 2017

by Steve Rowbottom

Cohiba Macassar Double Corona

Dominican Republic      7.25”x54     Medium


From its Cuban origin to its recent Nicaraguan innovations, Cohiba has long been known for defining class and elegance in the cigar industry. Packaged in a luxurious case made with some of the rarest hardwoods in the world, Macassar impresses from first glance. Havana wrappers marry with a lush combo of Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers to deliver nuances of wood, spice, cream, earth, and a rich tobacco core combine with a medium to full-bodied balance that only Cohiba can execute this flawlessly. It’s a tall order to fill – but Macassar might be the finest Cohiba ever rolled.


Latitude Zero Excursion Robusto

Nicaragua      5”x54      Medium-Full


The Oliva Tobacco Company is a veritable star within the cigar industry. Latitude Zero Excursion is the latest handmades to employ leaves from Oliva, joining the ranks of Davidoff and Ashton. The wrapper is a thick and oily Maduro leaf, aged twice as long as standards dictate to provide exemplary flavor and punch. A rich aroma of brownies is present upon lighting, complementing notes of earth, leather, and a satisfying touch of dark chocolate. Excursion, a superior Maduro-wrapped creation from the leading growers in the industry.


Davidoff Yamasa Toro

Dominican Republic      6”x52      Medium-Full


Calling upon rare tobaccos from the Dominican’s underutilized (yet waiting) Yamasa region, Davidoff’s newest offering known as Yamasa is a welcome addition to the brand’s highly-acclaimed portfolio. It took a team of scientists to perfect the growing conditions for this region, but the results are immediately evident — hints of sweetness and leather join a rich core of spices to make a complex cigar changing from one puff to the next. Milk chocolate brown Yamasa wrappers combine with four different, extensively aged long-leaf varieties to complete a Davidoff bred to satisfy.


La Palina Red Label Petit Lancero

Honduras      6”x40      Mild-Medium


If you haven’t already, take notice of La Palina. This luxurious brand has been making some waves lately, thanks to a generous array of delicious releases over the past few years. La Palina Red Label, and its use of Ecuador Habano wrappers overtop aged Nicaraguan and Dominican long-fillers, is a prime example. Made at the famed Pinar del Rio factory, this Petit Lancero dishes out mild to medium-bodied hints of red pepper, wood, earth, and nuts throughout a creamy core. Full flavored yet light in body, Red Label is a reliable and delicious everyday option.


Padron Family Reserve Maduro No. 44

Nicaragua      6.25”x52      Full


Family Reserve Maduro, a jewel from Padron individually handcrafted from ten-year-aged tobaccos. An undeniably unique experience worthy of celebratory moments. A complex, flavorful, exquisitely made cigar layered with big, bold flavors. Expect satisfying notes of spices and wood back by a rich tobacco core and nutty finish that will make you eager to come back for more. Reviewing this cigar was nothing short of extraordinary. I suggest you ‘review’ it, too.

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