Cohiba Macassar is the latest edition to General Cigar’s Cohiba line, which is sometimes called the “red dot” Cohiba to distinguish it from the famed Cuban cigar. The Macassar joins four other Cohiba blends currently in production: the Black, Dominican, Nicaragua, and XV lines.
- Toro Grande: 6 x 52
- Gigante: 6 x 60
- Double Corona: 7 1/4 x 54
The Macassar Toro Grande does not look like a super premium cigar, but it is built like one. The colorado maduro wrapper is thick and veiny, and the rounded head sports a functional but less than attractive cap. The roll is solid, and the draw is spot on. It burns evenly and slowly while it builds a solid gray ash.
Overall construction: Excellent.
The Toro Grande opens with chocolate and coffee on the nose and a dash of pepper on the tongue. After half an inch or so the pepper grows in balanced intensity, without overpowering the other flavors. At this point I’m getting a whiff of charred oak barrel with some fruitiness, maybe a touch of cola. The smoke is smooth and medium to full in body.
About half way through this cigar I notice what it is lacking: tannin. This is surprising, especially with the woody note that emerges at this point. It’s fairly rare for a cigar with a woody flavor profile to lack tannin, especially the big woody Nicaraguans that have taken over the mainstream, but the Macassar manages fine without it.
The coffee and chocolate flavors soften to cocoa in the second half. The aroma is complex, woody with dark spices and a musky note that suggests leather but doesn’t quite get there. This cigar begs to be savored towards the end — rushing it results in char and bitterness. Make time for this big boy.
Rough edges often accompany complexity in full-bodied cigars, but the Cohiba Macassar sidesteps all that. There is a price for this, of course: an MSRP around $22 USD. Part of this price covers the rare wood used to decorate the box, which is unfortunate. I’d be perfectly happy with plain old Spanish cedar and a break on the price.
Then again, “Cohiba Spanish Cedar” doesn’t have the same ring to it. Maybe they could call it the “Antimacassar” instead.
Thank you, folks. I’ll be here all week.
Final Score: 89