- Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
- Factory: General Cigar Dominica
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
- Binder: Mexican San Andres
- Filler: Brazilian Mata Fina / Dominican Piloto Cubano & Olor / Nicaraguan (Jalapa)
- Length: 5 ½ ”
- Ring Gauge: 50
- Vitola: Robusto
This cigar was the first Connecticut Shade wrapper released by Cohiba. Technically the shade for this wrapper is the cloud cover of the Los Rios province of Ecuador. The intent for this wrapper was to produce a near-veinless appearance, making it more pleasing to the eye. To my eye, the wrapper is a touch darker than what I would expect from a Connecticut Shade.
The band is nice but is not impressive in anyway. It is white with gold trim and Cohiba with the signature red dot on it is in bold print across the middle. There’s a criss-cross pattern on the background that reminds me of chain link fences more than anything else.
It smells like cream and malt. I have some difficulty getting the cigar to light evenly and it feels like it burns a little hot, with a wide open draw. The first third tastes like toast and a light spice. I cannot detect the creaminess I was expecting. Maybe some notes of cedar.
The creaminess comes in the second third, where it also becomes nutty. There’s still the taste of cedar and light spice. Overall it is a better balanced version of the first third.
The spice leaves off as I reach the final third. In fact, the hot burn seems to really show itself through in the final third, giving it a bitter and slightly charred flavor.
The burn line itself is wavy throughout the smoke. The ash lingers in about half to one inch for me and it smoked faster than I would have thought given its gauge. I don’t need any touch ups or relights for the length of the smoke.
Overall, it was what I would expect of a shade grown wrapper, with flavors of cedar and spice. I enjoyed the creaminess it presented. I had hoped for something more complex than what I received and was disappointed because of this expectation. The final third was not entirely pleasant on top of this. I suppose I would say that it could just be the luck of the draw with this particular stick. I have four more so I suppose I will find out. On the plus side, it’s lack of complexity will make it accessible to the novice smoker.