Just a warning, I'm a noob and my review reflects that. I have heard a few things about this infamous cigar but just had to try it for myself.
Cohiba Red Dot Robusto ( 5" x 49 )
I'll call this the CoReDoRo for short. I picked this cigar up as part of a sampler I originally purchased. It was stored for about two months and for the last week has been sitting in my coolidor at about 62% RH. Looking around the net puts this cigar at about $15 but usually gets thrown in the CI and CCom samplers to boost their perceived value.
Initial Impression and Light:
This cigar had nice even construction with no perceived soft spots. It was spongy but not overly so. The wrapper was a medium color with small veins running throughout. The smell was a very light barnyard smell, barely noticable. After clipping the cap, the draw was fairly tight and almost no flavor in the pre-light draw. I toasted the end with the soft flame lighter seen in the pic and did a pretty horrible job at that.
The first thing I noticed about the smoke is that there was not much flavor at all. There were the tiniest hints of earthiness and leather with a very faint woodiness in the retrohale. There was quite a bit of smoke, but that was about it. As I continued through the first third, it was the much of the same. The ash stayed on nice and tight for the first two inches and at this point I noticed a light nicotine buzz. Continuing on to the second third, the flavors stayed true but picked up some hints of nutiness. The flavors did pick up slightly and towards the final third and became more pronounced, but nothing very strong. That was about it. The after the first ash, it was falling every inch. The draw continued to be tight until the final third where it loosened up considerably. The total burn time for this cigar was about an hour and a half.
The one thing I can say about this cigar is it burned nice and straight. The flavors weren't anything spectacular or complex, but it wasn't horrible either. It just wasn't what I'd expect out of a $15 cigar.
Below is the burn progression