The Cohiba Esplendido may just be the most commonly faked cigar in the world. If you have heard of someone picking up some Cohibas in a glass top box for a steal, there is a good chance they have some. But is there a reason why the Esplendido is faked with such frequency? I think there is.
The Esplendido features a medium brown wrapper with a couple prominent veins and some toothiness that is common in most of the Cubans I’ve smoked. The cigar is well packed and quite firm, which leads to a draw with some light resistance. The cold draw and foot aroma consist mainly of cedar, some hay, barnyard and a faint sweetness.
Country of Origin: Cuba
Box Date: 2008
Size: 7×47 (Double Corona)
The strength in the beginning is on the light side of medium, but the flavor profile is solidly in the middle. Cedar is prominent alongside a soft spiciness that is balanced nicely against a natural sweetness. Meanwhile the smoke’s consistency is light but provides a nice coating of your mouth that allows the sweetness and an earthiness to linger between draws.
Into the main body of this smoke there is a gentle evolution. The strength has picked up just enough to match the flavors profile which is still soundly in the medium range. There is an addition of a light nuttiness along with some cocoa that provides an enjoyable balance with the still present cedar and pepper.
I find that late into the cigar the strength and the pepper both pick up a slight degree, but do not depart from the medium zone. The earthiness and hay aromas have developed into something slightly more floral while the cocoa and natural sweetness have also picked up to create a lovely complex balance with the pepper and still prominent cedar.
The Esplendido will hit flavors and sensations from almost all the classes. You find the hay and cedar from a Beach Comber, the mineral flavors common with Cubans alongside earthiness and cocoa found in a Coal Miner. Meanwhile the light nuttiness and floral aromas lead one into the Marquee path. The Esplendido isn’t a wild card in the sense that it doesn’t know what it wants to be, or that it provides something new, but simply because it takes some of the best profiles from other categories and blends them expertly into an incredible experience.
As I said earlier, I believe there is a reason this cigar is so frequently faked and that same reason is why it has been a part of Cohibas regular line-up going on 25 years now. The flavors are well balanced against the medium strength and there is complexity without overwhelming your palate. There is no point in this cigar that I don’t find enjoyable and exciting, and if you are willing to pay the price to smoke one, I believe you will find the same experience.