Connoisseur's Corner: Well-Aged Cubans
(From the February 2010 issue of Cigar Aficionado) This special tasting of well-aged Cuban cigars led to a quartet of scores in the classic range, 95 points or higher on our 100-point scale. The best of the bunch was a 1991 Cohiba Robusto, a smoke bursting with flavor that editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken dubbed “near perfect.” A 1993 Monte 2, a quite dependable Cuban for those who age their smokes, was in its prime, scoring 98 points. Thick Cuban cigars such as robustos and torpedos age quite well. A fat Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 2 from 1994 scored 96 points and had considerable power after more than 15 years of aging, and a ’94 Ramon Allones Specially Selected (a robusto) was also vibrant and powerful. A thinner lonsdale rolled in the same year, the La Gloria Cubana Medaille D’Or No. 2, seems to have peaked. It scored 93 points.