Time for round 3 of the Annual review of the 2003 Cohiba Reserva Seleccion box. Today is the Media Corona. What makes this cigar special is that this is the first ‘official’ time that the Medio Tempo leaf was used in a vitola blend by Habanos SA.
So far, my rankings are
1. Cohiba Reserva Robusto
2. Cohiba Reserva Corona Especial
Let’s see how this is progressing…
The wrapper is a nice, leathery, golden brown colour. Very smooth to the touch with slight veining. Aromas emanating from the wrapper are cappuccino, cream, chocolate and honey.
The construction is excellent. Nice and firm throughout the cigar with a slight give when squeezed. Pig tail triple cap looks perfectly rounded and the foot is packed.
I decided to prepare this ‘Old school’ style to smoke by twisting the cap off.
The draw is perfect. Nice airflow with a slight resistance.
Initial flavours from the cold draw are
Time to take this to the flame….
Very strong right off the bat. Fresh, alive and robust. Takes me by surprise. Expresso, grassy notes, star anise and cedar lead the way. Very ‘in your face’ type of flavour profile right now. Strength is at a medium to full level. Wakes you up instantly and pays you pay attention.
The draw is perfect and the burn is razor sharp. Lots of smoke production and the ash is a ‘Dirty’ whitish grey.
The retrohale is very heavy with expresso and grassy notes, with a touch of clove. Full and powerful as it moves its way through the nasal passages. Eye opening for sure.
The after finish is very long. Strong amounts of grassy notes and expresso lead the way, followed by cedar and star anise. Robust and full of vigor. A decade of sleep hasn’t slowed this down one bit. Maybe entering a second fermentation phase? Crazy strong on the palate, like a jack hammer. Seems a little discombobulated, like when you get woken up and have that disoriented feeling. Will have to smoke this slowly to respect the flavour profile and strength. Nothing like a kick in the pants to start off your day. LOL.
Much more integrated now. The flavours have settled in and balanced out. Very enjoyable now. The cedar, grassy notes and expresso has calmed down, the star anise has dissipated and vanilla and cream have entered the fray. Strength is now at a medium level.
The retrohale is more relaxed now. Chocolate, cream, and grassy notes with a touch of spice.
The after finish is more complete. Not as robust. Tempered in all the right ways. Nicely balanced now. Grassy notes, cedar, chocolate, vanilla and cream all come together beautifully. Much smoother on the palate. not as aggressive.
Smoking beautifully now. Well balanced between strength and flavour profile. Rich, yet elegant. Leather, grassy notes, cocoa, cream and a touch of cedar are taking us to the finish line.
The retrohale has a nice combination of combination of grassy notes, chocolate, cream and leather. The spice note has departed.
The after finish continues to be long. More rounded and softer on the palate. The strength continues at a medium level. Nice addition of leather to offset the grassy notes. The cedar seems more balanced with the cocoa and cream. Nice complexity.
Started with the volume turned way up and slowly moved into an acceptable level. Needed time to find its way and balance between strength and flavour. Still needs some time to round out the edges. Very nice flavour profile after the midway point; showed much better, in terms of complexity and enjoyment.
Rankings so far
1. Cohiba Reserva Robusto
2. Cohiba Reserva Media Corona
3. Cohiba Reserva Corona Especiales