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Cigar Review: Cohiba Siglo VI (Cuban)

10 Oct 2012

Cohiba is considered the pinnacle of Cuban cigars, and recent additions to the Cohiba portfolio have succeeded in capturing the attention of cigar enthusiasts the world over.

Most notable among these additions was the super-expensive Cohiba Behike, which was dubbed “the new standard among smokers worldwide” when it became available in May 2010 (albeit in very limited quantities). Now the Pirámides Extra is just beginning to hit international store shelves as the first addition to the core Cohiba line in 20 years. The core Cohiba line, also known as the Línea Clásica, launched in 1982 with three vitolas: Panetela, Corona Especial, and Lancero. Exquisito, Espléndido, and Robusto were introduced in 1989. The much-lauded Siglo line—which ranges in format from the small Siglo I (4 x 42) to the large Siglo VI (6 x 52)—didn’t come around until later.

Today I’m reviewing the Cohiba Siglo VI, which many anointed the most exciting Cuban cigar before the introduction of Behike. It is a gorgeous specimen with a light, oily wrapper that has minimal veins, flawless seams, and a nice cap. As impartial as I might try to be, it’s impossible to not have high expectations given this cigar’s pedigree and that classic Cohiba band staring back at me.

The Siglo VI gets off to a nice start when pre-light notes hay and sweet cocoa transition to a medium-bodied taste of honey, white pepper, earth, and cream. The profile itself isn’t terribly bold—it’s almost fleeting—but the finish is long and spicy with a tingle on the tip of the tongue. The resting smoke imparts that memorable sensation of creamy sweetness that’s so identifiable among Cohibas. The texture is velvety and rich.

As the coffee, earth, and spice slowly build into the midway point and beyond, the burn line starts to become a bit erratic. A torch touch-up or two is just what the doctor ordered. As for the other physical properties, I found the gray ash to hold firmly off the foot for longer than expected, and the draw to be slightly on the stiff side, though not prohibitively so.

All characteristics considered, the Siglo VI is unquestionably a very fine, nicely balanced smoke. It’s harder to say if this Cuban is worth its price, since a single can cost upwards of $30. That’s ultimately going to come down to personal preference. For me, it’s an occasional treat that illustrates the quality of tobacco grown on that forbidden island south of Florida, one that’s worthy of four and a half stogies out of five.

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Patrick A

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5 Responses to “Cigar Review: Cohiba Siglo VI (Cuban)”

  1. Ashburn Dave Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Haven't had the VI, but I've smoked a number of IVs and I must be broken because they just don't wow me like the other brands do. I'd much rather smoke a Monte No. 2.

  2. ReggieW Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    I'm not one of these guys who thinks Cubans are blanketly fantastic. There are a number of Cubans that are completely overrated and overpriced. That said, the Siglo VI is fantastic. I think it's worth $30 every once in a while. Thanks for the review.

  3. Timelord Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 1:13 am #

    I usually have a friend of mine order me a 3-pack of Siglo III's or IV's every 6 months or so, they have family that live abroad and know how to spot fakes luckily. I would like to try the VI sometime since it's much larger. One thing I'm curious about is websites that claim to send Cubans to the States. Anyone have any luck with any of these sites? I don't think it would be that easy to get real Cubans now would it?

  4. Zen Cigar Friday, June 14, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    This cigar is beautiful looking. Light brown tawny wrapper with hardly any visible veins. Our friends in the deeep South sure know how to save the best leaves for their flagship brand.

    The draw is perfect, just slightly firm but yielding.The first flavord I get are quintessential Cohiba. The mustiness takes a background to tea and leather with some cinnamon and coffee on the finish.

    The burn is a bit uneven at first but it straightens up quickly.

    One thing I forget about this cigar is how heady the aroma is, it’s so rich and decadent, as so unique to the Cohiba line.

    Midway through, the up fromt spice gives way to a subtler, smoother smoke, There is a few rough puffs, but the cigar in general has smoothed out. There is some tea and paper notes with a hint of licorice on the finish. I just want this cigar to keep on going!

    The end is rich and luxurios, brimming with coffee, leather, cocoa and anise on the finish. Way a joy!

    Cohibas generally age very well, and even though this has a long way to go, it’s off to a wonderful start. There were some rough moments, so I would guess this cigar is on a “dip” instead of a peak, but in a few more years, watch out!

  5. Peter brown Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 3:52 am #

    Each cigar is a exceptional incident. It's a very exclusive smoking experience to me. It is very smooth with a hint of spice and wood notes.