I recently smoked the Cohiba Red Dot Lonsdale Grande, an excellent cigar consistent with the high-quality of the Cohiba brand. I have provided my full review below. This content uses referral links.
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I recently received some Cohiba Red Dot Lonsdale Grandes as a gift. Cohiba is one of the most consistently great cigar brands on the market today, and this stick was no exception.
Cohiba Red Dot Lonsdale Grande
A Dominican cigar with Dominican fillers and a Cameroon wrapper, this was an incredible smoke all around. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed with a Cohiba cigar, and this one was no exception.
I enjoyed mine with a good cup of coffee with just a bit of cream, which complemented this cigar well.
In my grading system and review below, I have adopted the Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado method. It provides an excellent system for keeping track of my favorite smokes, and I recommend it to any cigar smoker.
Time of the Smoke
It took me about one hour and ten minutes to smoke through this cigar.
Look of the Label
As the picture indicates, the label was typical Cohiba simplicity—though I understand that Cohiba recently changed the label on its Red Dot series to something more distinctive for the line.
Cohiba Red Dot Lonsdale’s Condition
The Cohiba Red Dot Lonsdale Grande was overall well constructed, as you would expect. The cigar I had, however, may have been a fluke. It was a bit asymmetrical, having some significant bulging. There were also wrinkles at the seams.
These flaws were quite minor, but they were inconsistent with what I expect from a Cohiba.
Feel of the Cigar
The Cohiba Red Dot Lonsdale Grande felt nearly perfect. If I had to find something to criticize, I’d say it was just a bit too spongy. Even that minor criticism, however, may be a stretch.
Aroma of the Wrapper
The pre-lit cigar smelled terrific with notes of earth, nuts, and leather. The aroma was subtle but not weak.
The cut was perfect. I was able to slice off the cap quickly and without issue, leaving the structure of the cigar completely intact.
Lighting the Cohiba Red Dot Lonsdale
The Cohiba Red Dot Lonsdale Grande lit up quickly and evenly without much resistance at all.
The draw was perfect all the way through. It was a nice, easy, relaxing smoke, perfectly rolled with just the right amount of resistance.
On the retrohale, I picked up strong notes of nuts with a bit of pepper mixed in. It was smooth and delicious.
Cohiba Red Dot Lonsdale’s Flavor
On the cold draw, I picked up hints of nuts. After the light, it had hints of leather and some cream.
As with the retrohale, it was deliciously smooth. It was consistent with the high quality I’ve come to expect from Cohiba, though I wouldn’t say it was quite in the top tier here.
Aroma of the Smoke
After the initial light, the cigar’s smoke smelled of earth and leather. It was incredibly smooth and appetizing.
The burn reflected the perfect roll characteristic of Cohibas. It burned perfectly from beginning to end.
The ash was fine. It was nothing impressive, but it also didn’t cause any trouble.
Effect of the Smoke
I know that this is a bit of an odd category to consider. As the author of The Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado notes, however, if the best-tasting cigar in the world makes you sick, it’s not a great cigar for you.
This area is, therefore, very personal. Some low-quality cigars will make most people sick. Still, when you’re talking about premium cigars, different people will react differently to different cigars.
The Cohiba Red Dot Lonsdale Grande left me feeling relaxed and mellow, precisely what I want.
Cohiba Red Dot Lonsdale’s Tobacco
The Cohiba Red Dot Lonsdale Grande again showed itself to be expertly constructed. No flakes of tobacco found their way into my mouth at any point during the smoke.
Cohiba Red Dot Lonsdale Bonus Points
This was an absolutely fantastic cigar that I smoked all the way down to the nub. +1
Cohiba Red Dot Lonsdale Final Grade
This was an extraordinary cigar, as I expected from a Cohiba. I love these cigars, but they, unfortunately, have a price tag to match their quality. At about $13.24 per cigar, this is a once in a while smoke for me.
Final Grade: 97 / A +
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The opportunity to try a variety of high-quality cigars and to learn more about cigars in general through the accompanying tasting notes has been an invaluable experience for me. I have enjoyed being a member, and I recommend giving it a try.
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