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Stogie Reviews: Cohiba Siglo V (Cuban)

10 Aug 2006

We have received a number of comments from our wonderful readers inquiring when we planned to post a review of a Cuban cigar. After all, over the past few months, we discussed Oswaldo Payá, analyzed Cuban reform, and even shared a Cigar Aficionado Fidel Castro interview with you. Well, beloved Stogie Guys, inquire no more.

A few days ago, I was lucky enough to partake in a Cohiba Siglo V. Since JFK signed the trade embargo in 1962, of course, Cuban cigars have been illegal in the Land of Liberty. I should therefore point out I was overseas when I purchased and smoked this cigar (cough, cough).

The Siglo V is an expertly constructed 6.69 inches by 43 ring gauge stogie with a beautifully smooth creamy brown wrapper. Placing the foot of this unlit cigar under your nose is like breathing in the subtle perfume of a delicate angel.

I gave the stogie a proper snip with my V-cutter (I didn’t want to unnecessarily squander any delicious tobacco) and patiently toasted the foot with an array of wooden matches. A sweet plethora of notes gradually accumulated.

The first puff yielded a heavenly blend of sophisticated floral notes pleasing to the whole palate. The second and finishing phases of this Cuban witnessed an evolution of complex salty and sour flavors complemented by an ever-present dark chocolate sweetness. Not surprisingly, I have no complaints about the burn or draw.

Now some will argue, perhaps effectively, that Americans are over-fascinated with Cubans simply because they are illegal. While I agree that forbidden goods are always more desirable, I tried to clear my head of such thoughts while writing this review.

Notwithstanding my attempts at inward thought control, I can’t honestly conjure any negative aspect of the cigar and, thus, must wholeheartedly give the Cohiba Siglo V a perfect five out of five stogies.

[Reader Contest about this article here.]

-Patrick A


51 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Cohiba Siglo V (Cuban)”

  1. The Stogie Guys Thursday, August 10, 2006 at 6:55 am #

    Reader Contest!!!

    Attentive readers should notice something about the photo we've used here…

    Post a comment and we'll give the first one to figure it out a shout out in tomorrow's Friday Sampler. (We are looking for both the what and why.)

  2. ermo Thursday, August 10, 2006 at 8:55 am #

    Its an old band.

  3. j6ppc Thursday, August 10, 2006 at 9:07 am #

    The band appears to be bad – also (maybe) no triple cap but hard to tell from the photo.

  4. Ray C Thursday, August 10, 2006 at 12:27 pm #

    I suspect the photo is of a fake, but I cannot pinpoint why!

  5. Walt - Stogie Review Thursday, August 10, 2006 at 12:28 pm #

    My guess would be that the single row of dots on the band is incorrect. I believe its supposed to be four

  6. The Stogie Guys Thursday, August 10, 2006 at 1:17 pm #

    For more on spotting fakes read this article

  7. Ray C Thursday, August 10, 2006 at 1:54 pm #

    Patrick A – Is that a picture of the actual cigar you smoked?

    If so bummer!

  8. ermo Thursday, August 10, 2006 at 1:56 pm #

    or its fake.

  9. Anonymous Thursday, August 10, 2006 at 4:26 pm #

    If someone were to say, find a source to aquire such a great stogie, how much would one be worth? As in, how much of an investment should a person make?

  10. Anonymous Thursday, August 10, 2006 at 2:35 pm #

    Just one row of checkers on label.


  11. Anonymous Thursday, August 10, 2006 at 3:31 pm #

    It looks too long to be a Siglo V

    Chris Loperfido

  12. Patrick A Thursday, August 10, 2006 at 3:53 pm #

    No, that’s not a pic of the actual cigar I smoked. I smoked a real Cohiba Siglo V. As Walt correctly pointed out, you can easily tell this one’s a fake by the lack of a correct number of dots.

    Nice going, Walt. You’ll get a shout-out in tomorrow’s Friday Sampler.

  13. Jerry @ Stogie Revie Thursday, August 10, 2006 at 8:00 pm #

    I agree with mbraud4…looks just like an older Sig V.

    But hey…as long as you enjoyed it and 5/5 it sounds like you did.

  14. Anonymous Thursday, August 10, 2006 at 11:51 pm #

    I think the band on that sig V is fine, its just an older sig V band thats all…read up on the MRN book…same pic of the cigar in there….nothing wrong with it I dont believe

    -mbraud4 @ clubstogie

  15. Patrick A Friday, August 11, 2006 at 4:22 am #

    You can expect to spend $500 for a box of 25.

  16. stiffler Monday, September 11, 2006 at 3:52 pm #

    there are indeed two types of bands, the old and the new; however, a single row of dots on either eliminates any doubt regardless of which Cohiba label any stick in question has. I've Corona Especials with the old and Robustos with the new and I've been getting them from a source I first bought in person from in Italy. By the by, if it's two boxes or fewer you're not going to run into trouble…they (DHS, specifically ICE)simply have bigger things to worry about than personal consumption…Patrick is also right on about the price…

  17. Karl Rove Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at 10:46 pm #

    I realize this is pretty old by now, but it's actually illegal for U.S. citizens to smoke Cubans regardless of where they are. Just an FYI.

  18. Anonymous Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 2:56 pm #

    Is it not illegal to smoke or buy Cuban cigars in other countries as a US citizen under the current embargo?

  19. Anonymous Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 2:57 pm #

    Sorry, just saw comment 20. Yes, I believe this is the law. be warned…

  20. Anonymous Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 6:29 pm #

    Занимательно! Надеюсь продолжение будет не менее интересным…

  21. кyкyшка Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 3:25 pm #

    Хех… 🙂 Почаще пишите смайлики, а то всё так как будто все очень серъёзно 🙂

  22. Anonymous Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 7:12 am #

    Народ в подобных случаях так говорит – Авось задатка не дает. 🙂

  23. Anonymous Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 7:54 am #

    Без преувеличения можно сказать, что пост тему раскрыл на все 100 процентов. 🙂

  24. Matt Friday, June 19, 2009 at 6:39 am #

    That photo actually looks an awful lot like the the photo of the Siglo V that MRN used in his book. To my amateur eye it is an exact match. Anyway if you look in his book there are a few photos of older Cohibas that only have 1 row of dots above the Cohiba name. I don't know if it is by design of just Cuba's infamous QC rearing its ugly head, but a band that is off in this manner does not immediately and by itself mean the cigar is fake…..

  25. Anonymous Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 6:31 am #

    Спасибо за информацию, почитал с интересом

  26. Зайчонок Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 8:52 am #

    Вот именно поэтому и не хочется иногда идти вперёд!

  27. Бaбoчкa Friday, November 6, 2009 at 6:40 am #

    Да, такой блог однозначно надо раскручивать как только можно – что б как можно больше жителей интернета о нем узнали! 🙂

  28. ThulkildTug Friday, January 29, 2010 at 6:18 pm #

    Мдаа..интересный пост. Вот только об этом пишут все кому не лень. Ини что, читают друг у друга новости и своим языком их пересказывают? В сео блогах это особенно заметно. Народ, столько новостей интересных в мире…

  29. ThulkildTug Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

    Вот огромное человческое спасибо вам за этот блог. Кроме этого поста нашёл ещё кучу интересного для себя. Теперь буду заходить сюда постоянно..Я Ваш читатель 🙂

  30. ThulkildTug Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 6:27 am #

    Хотела бы обменяться с вами ссылочкой. У меня блог схожей тематики. Если интересно, то напишите на

  31. ThulkildTug Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 7:36 pm #

    Понравился Ваш сайт! В рунете вообще мало чего дельного в блогах пишут. Всё стараются друг у друга скопировать посты. Года 2 назад было интересно ходить по разным блогам-видно было сразу-люди старались писать посты..а щас уже только для яндекса и стараются. Вообщем желаю продолжать Вам в Том же духе.

    С уважением Ваш читатель.

  32. ThulkildTug Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    +1 к предыдущему коментарию..

  33. ThulkildTug Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    ООО..давно искал. Забрал в букмарки. Автор, пишите почаще..не забрасывайте блог…Кстати не мешало бы диз поменять.

  34. ThulkildTug Monday, March 15, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    а тут есть что почитать 🙂 так держать…не забрасывайте блог.

  35. ThulkildTug Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 7:03 am #

    Хороший пост, бро…так держать!!!

  36. ThulkildTug Friday, March 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    Статья хорошая, только если бы ты оформил её немножко получше (добавил скрин-другой, или какой-нибудь арт) и заголовки сделал – тебе бы вообще цены не было 🙂

  37. ThulkildTug Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 3:56 am #

    Да ладно, чего к человеку пристали. Норм там всё с форматированием. Добавил в закладки ваш сайт.

  38. HepseedsTreak Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    Баянистая тема..уже на куче блогов об этом пишут…Вы бы хоть пооригинальней это всё тогда завернули, чтоб читать интересно было. С уважением ваш читатель.

  39. ThulkildTug Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    А мне понравилось, побольше бы таких постов в рунете..Спасибо автору.

  40. ThulkildTug Monday, March 29, 2010 at 1:55 am #

    Пост супер!!! Ждём продолжения 🙂

  41. HepseedsTreak Monday, March 29, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

    Приятный дизаин у вас. Не подскажете, где можно шаблоны такие найти? Желательно бесплатно 🙂

  42. ThulkildTug Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    Интересно, а много времени отнимает ведение блога?

  43. SumashtDilovf Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm #

    The genius chained to the official table, should die or go mad, in the same way, as the person with a mighty constitution at sedentary life and modest behavior dies of an apoplectic seizure.

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