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"Ultimately disappointing"

Review by: Merlyn
Review Date: 01/27/2005
Rating: 7.67
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Review Notes: The title says it all. Despite the hype surrounding Cohiba, these just don't stack up to the competition. Appearance was excellent, the burn was very good and about 60-65 minutes for a fairly large cigar. It started out robustly cocoa and coffee, with light toasty notes and a great spicy lipfeel. Unfortunately, this is all that developed, despite the really nice leathery, oily wrapper. The ash only held on for about 1 inch, and after the midway it tended to harshness and bitterness after every ashing. The initial flavors reminded me a lot of the RyJ Anniversario Robusto, but it failed to deliver on the initial promise. The 652 is a good cigar, don't get me wrong. It would be a good cigar at $5, and is a failure at $10. The above-mentioned RyJ at $5.85 at my local store is a smoother, tastier smoke with none of the charcoal aftertaste. Try a Padron 2000M instead for a similar taste profile and a much better value.

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