1966 was the year that Cohiba started making a lot of the best cigars that the world has ever seen, smoked or smelled. This was when diplomats around the world were given these cigars as gifts and were able to smoke the same cigars that Castro had known about and smoked himself until he stopped smoking some years back.
Not a lot is known about this special cigar from Cohiba just yet. We can only guess the size, the price and the amount of cigars that will be in, I’m guessing, special humidors that will be up for sale next year. Judging from the cost of past special edition Cohibas, most cigar smokers around the world will only be able to dream about lighting up one of these fine Cubans…… But what a dream!!!
A few days ago I dropped down to one of my favorite cigar stores in Vancouver, “The Vancouver Cigar Company” and my friend Trevor revealed to me that they had discovered a bunch of boxes of aged Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios from’08 and ’07 that they had forgotten about. These guys have a nicely stocked humidor and I can see how things can get misplaced. The cigars have been in ideal conditions for the last few years and I had to pick up a few from each vintage.
As usual, I thought that the best thing to do would be to try out the older of the two so after dinner last night I pulled out an ’07 and lit one up on the deck as I watched my neighbors re-shingle their roof. I love it when someone else is working hard and doing something to improve their home, especially if I DON’T have to help. My neighbor is a good friend and couldn’t help but walk over at one point last night to see what I was smoking.. We often smoke cigars together at night but he was in a hurry to get things finished before it got too dark to work.
When he dropped by I was getting into the second third of the Genios and my taste buds were experiencing as many different kinds of chocolate as I could imagine. There were only about 3 years of age on these cigars but the smoothness was out of this world. Very balanced, not one flavor ever taking over, and as I got into the final third the cigar was getting beanier by the minute without ever becoming harsh. I wasn’t in a drinking mood last night and only had a bottle of mineral water with me on the deck which I think was a great idea. I didn’t want to taste ANYTHING else but the Genios.
I can’t wait for tonight’s ’08 !!!!