Cohiba Black (Robusto) – Cigar Review

December 29, 2008 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

Very black and oily. The construction for this cigar looks perfect. I’m actually excited about this cigar even though I have had problems with Cohibas in the past. This, like all the other Cohibas I have smoked, is of the Dominican variety (sigh). I smoked this cigar with Wild Turkey and water.

Cigar Stats
Length: 5 1/2″
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: USA/Connecticut
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Filler: Dom. Rep., Mexico
Price: $13.50

Da Light!

The draw is a little tight (can I catch a break?). It’s a medium bodied cigar without much flavor (due to the draw) being able to come through. What I am getting is spice, leather, dark chocolate and some sweetness.

The cigar’s draw gets better as I smoke it further. More spicy now and the flavors, in general, are coming through better now. This is a fine cigar that won’t offend anyone. There’s also an earthiness and saltiness to this cigar as I near halfway through.

A little over halfway through now and the draw is getting better. More spice and I’m beginning to think that this cigar is more medium-full than medium.

But then it tightens up again. Maybe for an inch it was very good but then the draw tightens up again. The cigar burns evenly but who really cares if you can’t get the flavors?

In the end all I can say is that I did like what this cigar could have been. Due to the draw I can’t give this cigar a great score and it knocked off at least a couple of points in my book.

87 points

Cohiba Name Battle – The Cubans are Winning

December 2, 2008 · Posted in Cigar Industry · Comment 

Reversing previous court decisions the courts have found that Cubatabaco might actually have a good claim against General Cigar and their use of the name “Cohiba.” I don’t think anything is going to happen now but if the Cubans get everything they’re going after then the Cohiba that is made in the Dominican Republic will no longer exist and all profits made by using that name will go to Cubatabaco.

The Cubans are winning! AHHHHH!

A 2007 Court of Appeals ruling has turned the tables in an 11-year legal battle waged by the Cuban maker of the famed Cohiba cigar — prized by Fidel Castro — to block a U.S. company from using the name "Cohiba" for cigars it sells in this country, a Southern District judge ruled last week.

More than three years ago the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the lawsuit brought by Cubatabaco, a company owned by the Cuban government.

However, a Court of Appeals' ruling in a separate case, involving a certified question from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, recognized a state cause of action — unfair trade by misappropriation — which entitles Cubatabaco to relief, Judge Robert W. Sweet ruled in Empresa Cubana del Tabaco v. Culbro Corporation, 97 Civ. 8399.

Michael Krinsky, the lead lawyer for Cubatabaco, said he will ask Judge Sweet to enjoin the U.S. company, General Cigar Co., from continuing to use the name "Cohiba" for cigars it sells in this country. Krinsky, of Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman, said that General Cigar has been selling "Cohiba" cigars here nationwide since 1997 and that he also will move for a disgorgement of profits. – N.Y. Federal Judge Finds Cigar Maker Entitled to Relief Over ‘Cohiba’ Sales.