Caribbean Cigar: The Cohiba 1966 Limited Edition 2011


By Federico Broedner
CJ Contributor

Welcome to Caribbean Cigar, a new CJ feature dedicated to the world of fine cigars.

1966 was the year Cohiba debuted as a commercial brand.

This limited edition, the Cohiba 1966, was created as an homage to Cohiba, the flagship brand of Habanos.

Having an old-school Cohiba blend, its tobacco has been aged for two additional years, demonstrating a Maduro tone that brings a certain sweetness to your lips.

It begins very smoothly, with very pleasant toasty and earthy flavours in its first third. The cigar burns well (though not great), producing a unique grey ash showing the outstanding construction of its body.

I really expected this cigar to have classic Cohiba strength; instead, it is more like a Partagas or a Ramon Allones in terms of power.

In its second third, the strengthn increases to medium-to-full, giving incredible hints of spices, coffee and pepper, all together making it a singular smoke.

The last third is very woody, reaching a certain level of aggressiveness.

The Cohiba 1966 is a unique smoking experience. I would advise pairing it with Macallan 18-Year that, with its dried fruit and woody flavours, will match perfectly as a great digestif.

Cigar: Cohiba 1966 Limited Edition 2011
Format: Canonazo/Sublime
Measures: 166mm length and 52 ring gauge

Federico Broedner is one of the world’s leading cigar experts, a former finalist in the Habanosommelier contest in Havana, and the owner of Freddie’s Cigars and Wine Lounge in Tel Aviv, Israel.


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