Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios, Cuba’s best cigar of 2007.

From March 14, 2008:

Last year Cuba introduced the long-awaited and first appearance of a true Cuban Maduro in the Cohiba Maduro 5 line.  The new Cohiba’s were released in three unique sizes, the Secretos size 4 3/8″ x 40 ring gauge, the Magico size 4 1/2″ x 52, and the largest Genios at 5 1/2″ x 52.

I prefer larger cigars, and prefer taking the extra time for the larger cigars, so naturally I was most interested in smoking the Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios.  The first one I smoked was last April, before they were available in Canada, when a friend brought them back from Cuba.

I was very skeptical that the new, much anticipated Cohiba would live up to expectations.  I’m of the mind that the wrapper of the cigar does not add much flavor to the smoke, because the bulk of the blend is in the filler.  The wrapper is all about aesthetic for me, and I love the look of a dark cigar, but I’ve smoked a lot of mild, flavorless cigars that had a maduro wrapper.  So, I was not really expecting anything much different from the regular Cohiba’s, or even the Edition Limitadas which are also characterized by a dark wrapper.

The first thing I noticed was the smell, even before I lit the cigar.  It had a rich, dark chocolate smell, which I find common amongst most Cohibas, however with the Maduro Genios the smell was much more intense, and delightful.  This smell translated to a real full-bodied warm taste of chocolate and cedar when the Cohiba Genio was lit.

I didn’t find the smoke to be too complicated throughout, it pretty much maintained it’s initial flavor and got fuller as I smoked it down.  I found this to be quite pleasurable actually because the flavor, in my opinion was perfect from the beginning.  It smoked for just over an hour before I left the last 3/4s of an inch sit.

Since that first Genios, I’ve tried the other Cohiba Maduro 5’s, but I always come back to the Genios.  Over last year, the Cohiba Genios aged well, enhancing the flavors that were already so beautifully tasty.  I would have to say that the Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios has been my favorite cigar of the past year.