Today’s cigar review is of the Cohiba Macassar. It’s billed as a luxury cigar, and it has a price to match that description. The Macassar is a nice looking stogie that has a perfect draw after cutting. Once lit up, it starts put with a sweet cedar flavor with some pepper. As we continue to smoke, the exceptional flavor gets sweeter. For the first two thirds it’s complex and seems to be transitioning every few puffs. The flavors meld together in the final third, and goes a little flat. Overall, this is a very good cigar that’s just downright enjoyable to smoke. It’s expensive, so it won’t be for everyone. Nonetheless, we recommend it.
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 7/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
StraightUpCigars: My Macassar has a good pungent tobacco smell. Draw is perfect after cutting. Nice looking wrapper leaf.
IamDarren: just pulled my cigar out of the cello.Nice, chocolatey color to the wrapper. Not much aroma from it though. Mabye a little earth. Very easy draw. Getting that same pungent tobacco flavor on the cold draw. Quite different.
Terry1: My cigar has a lumpy bumpy toothy wrapper. Very rustic compared to other Cohibas I’ve tried. Has that nice barnyard smell to it. Draw is good with a sweet tobacco note and a touch of spice. Ready to light up.
IamDarren: Holy Crap! A single stick is 16 bucks on CI.
StraightUpCigars: Lighting up!
IamDarren: Lighting up too!
IamDarren: Whoa… what a start. Tons of smoke. First impression is sweet and creamy but then a rich earth and charred oak come in on the finish. Very interesting start.
Terry1: Nice flavors on the opening puffs. I’m getting some sweetness, a woody note, earth and a touch of pepper. Plenty of smoke and I’m liking the start.
StraightUpCigars: First few puffs are sweet with a cedar and spice. Pepper on the finish. Impressed.
IamDarren: Flavor seems very balanced. Nothing is overpowering and the finish is tasty and lingers. Great start.
StraightUpCigars: Great time of year for beer, everyone is releasing their dark stuff. Imperial everything is in style – much higher gravity and more bang for your buck. I know you guys are more into spirits, but it’s a good time to grab a few sixers and keep them in the basement for later.
Terry1: Pepper is building on mine. It’s becoming the dominate note. Still has a pleasant earth and coffee note on the finish. Sweetness is there but in the background.
IamDarren: I have really been into Porters lately. Just finished a pack of the Nitro Vanilla Porters.
IamDarren: I guess i like dark beer as long as there isn’t too much bite. Some of those stouts really hit you on the finish.
IamDarren: just about an inch into the cigar. Im trying to smoke slow and im not getting hardly any pepper. Just a hint in the sinus.
StraightUpCigars: Nice, you get some good CO beer in your area.
IamDarren: got any other recommendations? I know you have tried most of them.
StraightUpCigars: Mine has gotten incredibly sweet and creamy. Still some cedar.
IamDarren: Mine is very sweet and creamy as well. Finish still has that hint of charred oak that adds a bit of bitterness. Just enough to balance out the sweetness. Nice flavor combo so far.
Terry1: I’m an inch in too. Pepper has eased back now. More of the sweetness is coming forward. Lots of flavorful smoke to enjoy. I’ve got to wonder how much of that price is for the cigar and how much is for the box.
IamDarren: no doubt. Just give me a simple box and fill it with 20 cigars instead of 10 sticks in a fancy box.
StraightUpCigars: I think of these Cohibas like Greycliffs, nobody is actually paying retail when you can get them on sale on in samplers for $5 ea. Still thinking on the beer question.
IamDarren: I guess we shouldn’t complain: http://www.cigarsinternational.com/samplers/98905/cohiba-comador-toro-grande-humidor/#p-192308
[Cohiba Comador Toro Grande Humidor – Cigars International]
Cohiba Comador Toro Grande Humidor – Cigars International
Terry1: I’m really surprised at how fast the transitions are so far. It’s like the flavors change a little after every few puffs. My cigar is getting very sweet almost a fruity sweetness, pepper is almost gone, still has a woody note in the background.
IamDarren: Going into the second third, mine is also transitioning. Pepper is gone. Getting mostly sweetness with a bit of earth and spice in the mix.
StraightUpCigars: The price of those Comadors…. I like this one a lot so far, very flavorful but mild bodied at the moment.
IamDarren: I must get intimidated by Cohibas because every time i see one i think it is going to kick my butt. Didn’t expect such a mild strength cigar.
IamDarren: still a lot left though….
StraightUpCigars: Back to beer – I’m not sure I have anything new to recommend unless St. Louis beers are making it over your way, if they are let me know. You already know about Left Hand and Breckenridge is another stellar brewery. Anything Oskar Bluees is decent. If you’re getting stuff from CA, don’t be scared by the price of Ballast Point – it’s the same price in San Diego – best brewery I’ve ever been to and Calm Before the Storm is the most exciting beer I’ve ever tried and is a must buy.
IamDarren: Sweet, thanks for the info.
StraightUpCigars: Getting more of the woody note now, almost that entirely. Can’t wait for the next transition!
IamDarren: Is Anchor pretty good? Heard a lot about it.
Terry1: Seems like the transitions have settled down on mine. I’m getting the same sweet flavor with some oak and earth for the last inch. Burn has been great. Enjoyable cigar so far. Maybe another change will happen towards the end of the middle third.
StraightUpCigars: Anchor is an old standby, not doing anything cutting edge but has been the gold standard for many years. Definitely worth trying their stuff.
Terry1: Oh no. Getting some tar building up. Might be from the cold. Gonna clip it off the head.
StraightUpCigars: I am too Terry, doing a purge. I’ve got to say, this is my favorite Cohiba I’ve had to this point.
IamDarren: mine is picking up just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Trying to smoke slow and see what happens.
IamDarren: just removed the band
Terry1: Yeah I agree with you. Very nice cigar. Not sure about the price yet. It’s over the top of my usual budget but I could see buying one for a special occasion.
StraightUpCigars: Still some bitterness, but the purge improved it.
Terry1: Band peeled off without any problems. My draw was getting really tight, probably why I’m getting tar building up. Drilled a hole and now it’s drawing much better. Getting more spicy now. Starting to feel some nicotine.
IamDarren: bitterness is not increasing on mine. Its actually mixing nicely with the sweetness and giving me a citrus type of flavor. Still is very creamy with a bit of earth on the finish.
IamDarren: Into the last third now.
Terry1: Opening the draw has increased the sweetness again. Getting lots of spice now. Definitely feeling the nicotine now. This cigar is going to end full strength for me.
StraightUpCigars: I ended up clipping a bit of the head and it really did away with the bitterness.
IamDarren: Agree, strength is getting hard to nail down because it comes across as a medium strength but im starting to feel the nic kick as well.
StraightUpCigars: The flavors of this ending are just not quite as good as the start, but that start was stellar.
Terry1: I agree it’s not ending as well as it started.
IamDarren: mine is almost finished as well. Sweetness has really backed off and it has gotten much dryer. Earth and spice are dominating.
Terry1: Mine is getting earthy too. I’m about done. I’m getting dizzy.
IamDarren: At least the bitterness didn’t take over. Some nice flavor transitions in the first 2/3
StraightUpCigars: For sure, a tiny clip off the end removed the tar and solved my problem. Could have been a lot worse, but still a $15 cigar shouldn’t need any maintenence.
StraightUpCigars: Mine’s almost finished up, ready to rate if you guys are.
Terry1: I’m ready to rate.
IamDarren: yep, im ready
StraightUpCigars: This one is pricey, but the flavor of the first 2/3 was exceptional. Not the best value, but I liked this one.
IamDarren: Same here. Not what i expected from a Cohiba. Very balanced and the strength didn’t overtake it.
Terry1: Liked the flavors in the first 2/3rds, last third was flat. Construction was an issue with the tar and tight draw. Price is a big factor on whether I’d buy a box. Even though it’s a cool looking box. I’d recommend trying one. I enjoyed it.
IamDarren: I would probably like this blend in more of a robusto format. Might not have the tar issues.
StraightUpCigars: Good thought, robusto would be perfect for this one.