Cohiba stands as one of the most recognizable brands of cigars to come off the island of Cuba. Smooth, sweet, and spicy, its universal and global appeal makes it the perfect flagship for a classic Cuban brand.
Cohiba Esplendidos Overview
The Cohiba brand was formed in 1966 as a private production for Fidel Castro himself and high-level officials of the Communist Party. In that regard, Cohiba is synonymous with Cuba. Unfortunately, these private production cigars didn’t leave Cuba, especially not to the United States. So a rival Cohiba brand was established in the Dominican Republic. So remember, there is only one true Cohiba cigar brand.
This Churchill size cigar comes in at a length of 6.9 inches and a ring gauge of 47. You’ll notice the cigar boasts a veinless medium brown wrapper and perhaps because of its smooth appearance, it is actually one of the most counterfeited cigars in the world.
There are a few key points to look for to ensure that you have an authentic Cuban Cohiba. First, look for the Habanos label in the top right corner of the box. This too can be forged, but if it’s not there, then the counterfeiters didn’t try very hard. You can also look to see if the box has a glass or lucite lid. If it does, they are fake as Cuban cigars are not packaged in that manner.
Finally, if the price is too good to be true, then it’s a fake. These are premium cigars that are always sold for a premium price, even when you find a good deal.
Smoking a Cohiba Esplendidos
The first thing you will take note of when you pick up the Cohiba Esplendidos is its smooth finish. Sleek, veinless, and with a slight sheen, this is an attractive cigar from one end to the other. Before clipping the cap, be sure to appreciate the appearance in its entirety.
Take your first draw and you’ll be greeted with a well-balanced mix of earthy tones, spice, and sweetness. The smooth nature of this cigar can lead you to believe you are but smoking light and tasteful air. It is not so bold so as to overpower newer cigar smokers, but complex enough that a novice may not be able to fully appreciate the complexity of the experience.
Approximately halfway through the cigar, it will become more full-bodied with the earthy tones overpowering the sweet and spice. Yet, not so much that it changes the overall experience.. Towards the final third you will notice a resurgence of the sweet flavors.
Cohiba Esplendidos Cigar Value
It is hard to have anything negative to say about this cigar, but it is important to note that the Cohiba Esplendidos is considered a luxury cigar and is priced accordingly. They make an excellent gift for close friends or important business acquaintances because their long-term value and smoking potential are tremendous. Given the propensity for counterfeiters to target the Cohiba brand, if you find a price that seems too good to be true, it most likely is so.
Cohiba Esplendidos Experience
We recommend the Cohiba Esplendidos for smokers who know how to truly appreciate the cigar smoking experience. It is perhaps not the best choice for a gathering of friends in university or fraternity days, but when you return for a reunion 20-years later with more discerning palates and better incomes, the Cohiba Esplendidos delivers the proper experience.
Cohiba Exquisitos is a nice enjoyable cigar that you would expect from Cohiba. The flavors are enjoyable. I’m going to let mine settle a little more before smoking another, I would buy again. Luxury Cuban Cigars got my order to me in 10 days from placing the order. They do a great job of packaging and delivery.
I can say out of all the years I have been buying Cuban cigars, I truly enjoyed the service by Luxury Cubans. I will be making more in the future
I ordered these for a very special occasion, and The Esplendido is the best cigar I have ever smoked! I’ll be looking to pick up more of these real soon!
Gotta say the Esplendidos are just beyond my expectation in every way. Good construction, good burn, extremely flavorful, etc. And Luxury Cubans really did a good job keeping them in perfect condition through out 7 days shipment.
Good condition,delivery is on time,fantastic smelling.
Finally got to get a whole box of these, and will enjoy them in time.
Smoked one right away and was very impressed with quality and taste.
Luxury Cubans is very dependable with everything from timely shipping and genuine products. It’s nice to order from their up to date products, and not worry about it until it’s at your door.
Pure silk from start to finish. What a draw. OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD. This wasn’t so much a smoke as it was a religious experience. Rate it a 99. Buy as many as you can get your hands on.
Although a young cigar, it was very smooth and tasty. Will get better with age.
Perfect size, little too for some other, but, perfect for me after dinner or party, smooth, consistency tsat
This was an outstanding smoke.
ORDERED twice now, and both times cigars at my door in 10 days or less. Very satisfied with the quality and packaging. I will be a repeat customer and shop nowhere with the service I have received.
First time buyer from Luxury Cubans. Very pleased! Cigar was in prestine condition, came in a humidor bag. Taste was smooth right down to the very end. The real deal! Will buy again!
Luxury Cubans did a great job. Cigars were received in perfect shape. Box was from Nov 2016. Couldn’t wait, smoked one immediately and it was perfect!. Highly recommended as a special cigar.
I got this as a gift for a cigar aficionado. It took some time to ship (not unexpected knowing it had to come from across the world) but arrived in good condition (loved the humidor like bag to keep it moist).
Just recieved my esplendidios and WOW what a cigar! Smooth draw and awesome flavors. It ended with a hint of spice. Luxury Cubans truly is legit and great service. I have put 2 orders and 3rd on the way and recieved both in 12 days. Thanks again
Great as always!
I have the others in my humidor. This first esplendido was fabulous. Thank you.
Ordered a single and what a great Cuban!! reminds me of the late 80’s !! Ordered a box today!!
NNNice, smooth, crisp,great with a good red(Caymas Reserve)and long lasted.I’ve went from a occational stick,to a stick a day.
I ordered several Esplendidos, a few Cohiba Robustos, and a box of Monte #2s. All showed up on time and in great condition. I’ve smoked 1 of each so far, and they are fantastic! Thank you Luxury Cubans – keep up the great work!
This cubian Cohiba is the best cigar I’ve have ever tasted it was incredibly smooth and tasty and made me want to go back for for seconds I would deathly recommend this cigar and Will definitely buy again!!!
The Esplendidos have always been my Favorite. Was unable to get these for a while. Luxury Cubans came through. Thanks Luxury Cubans
Appreciate having a FAST, RELIABLE source for my Cohibas!
Excellent cigar, excellent company. Will be a return customer..
I ordered two three packs just to get a feel for the company and I must say I’m completely satisfied with my delivery! I smoked my first one yesterday and it was truly a delight. The packaging makes carrying the cigars convenient and the flavor was more than I could imagine!! Way to go Luxury Cubans