Cohiba Siglo IV

12-8-14 been in humidor since 12-12-11
Cohiba Siglo IV (5.6 x 46)
Wrapper: Cuban
Binder: Cuban
Filler: Cuban

The Siglo line was introduced in 1992 and released to the world market in 1994 as a way to commemorate the 500 years since Columbus arrived in the new world. The name of the cigar “Siglo” is a hint at this, translating roughly to “century.” The initial offering had five sizes I, II, III, IV, and V; one for each century since 1492, and was initially known as La Linea 1492 series. The VI was released in 2002, presumably to cater to the larger ring gauge popularity.

This particular cigar has been in the humidor since 12-12-11, but has no box code on it. There is no reason to believe that it is much older than 2010 or 2011.

The Cohiba Siglo IV is a good looking cigar. The trademark gold, yellow, black and whit band is recognized instantly. The wrapper has very few veins and none of them that could be classified as “dominant” in any way. It is a medium tan in color. The triple cap is wonderfully executed.

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The scent before the light is a touch grassy and woody but generally mild. A lick on the cap is earthy oily. There is no spice at all. A clip on the cap with the double guillotine reveals a slightly firm draw with mushroom and sweet earth flavors.

light with a soft flame.
The first few puffs are earth and musk. Through the nose a sharp earth shows up. This is where it reveals its Cuban identity. There is a slight pepper note that lingers into the finish. There is a good woody undertone throughout.
As the cigar settles in, a nice sweetness that leans to wood develops. This is balanced out nicely by a very short and mild black pepper spice as the smoke is swirled in the mouth. The earth undertones take on a bean-like quality. Even though the cigar reads as a medium body the smoke is smooth enough to push the entire puff out through the nose with no burn at all. When this is done, the musk and sharp earth comes out in spades. The finish is woody, leaning to Spanish cedar and oak.

The middle third is similar to the first third as far as balance and undertones goes, but there is a more grassy tone to it. This is mild and fits in very nicely. The previously mentioned bean quality is reminiscent of edemame, witch is where the “green” or grassy notes come into play. The spice is picking up but it is not harsh in any way. It is more of a texture impression than anything else. The finish is woody and smooth. It leaves an impression of silk in the mouth. The burn is perfect.

The final third is fuller in body. Much of the finesse is gone leaving only the basics of the flavor profile. The earth flavors, including the edemame impressions are dominating. The finish is earth, wood, and longer than before. The spice through the nose is picking up more and edging to a “burn” but it has not reached that. The lighter flavors in the retrohale are sharp earth. Even with the simplification of the cigar, it is still complex and not overbearing. The balance is the high point of this cigar. The cigar ends this way with no heating or harsh elements.

Burn to the burn
time: 2 hours

Burn: 10
Draw: 8
Taste: 9
Aftertaste: 10
Construction: 9
Balance: 10
Feel: 9

Overall: 9.3

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~ by kuzi16 on December 8, 2014.

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