Jay-Z and Cohiba Partner to Release Comador

G. Clay Whittaker
Posted: December 24, 2013

The biggest names in hip-hop and cigars have teamed up to release a special-edition smoke in a unique partnership. General Cigar Co. has announced Cohiba Comador, a collaboration with Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter.

Jay-Z—our June 2009 Cigar Aficionado cover star—released a statement saying, "I worked with Cohiba because I knew they'd take my vision of a luxury cigar and bring it to life in the right way. We took our time working on this, to get the blend to exactly where I wanted it to be. Comador looks and tastes the way I think a cigar should."

The wrapper leaf is a Connecticut Havana leaf grown in the United States and, according to General Cigar, aged for four years and finished in Dominican barrels. General Cigar isn't releasing details on the binder and filler tobaccos, except to say that they're Caribbean and Central American in origin.

Comador comes in just one size: a 6 inch by 52 ring gauge toro. It is, however, available in several packaging options- a seven-cigar "toro box" for $210, a travel humidor with seven cigars retailing for $350, and the Comador Humidor, which comes with both a travel humidor with 7 cigars and an additional 14 cigars within the larger package (see photo).

The packages are available online at comadorcigar.com as well as in several New York retailers and multiple Barneys locations.

Cohiba cigars were first created in Cuba in the late 1960s after that country's revolution and the Cuban version has never been legally sold in America due to the U.S embargo on Cuba. General Cigar registered the trademark in the U.S. in 1981 and has been selling a Dominican-made version of Cohiba since the 1980s. The companies have actually been battling since 1997 over who rightfully owns the trademark in the U.S., with Cubatabaco—the Cuban manufacturer of Cohiba products—continuing to lose each claim in court.

Bruce Parrish Westminster, MD, USA, December 24, 2013 10:35am ET
$30 a stick ?? Since I'm not a poser, I'll pass.
ken@1strateins.com December 24, 2013 12:40pm ET
I would pay the $30/stick if they promised me that Beyoncé rolled them on her thighs.
Richard Robbins Ramona, CA, USA, December 24, 2013 12:42pm ET
I smoked one of these at a General Cigar Cocktail party in Vegas, and I must say its the best cigar I've had from the Dominican Cohiba line. If you get the chance to pick one you should.
Kenneth E. Elliott North Bergen, NJ, United States, December 24, 2013 12:44pm ET
I, too am "not feeling" it.
Steven Flaherty Houston, Tx, Us, December 24, 2013 1:07pm ET
Poser is right.
Robert Cardona Keller, Texas, December 24, 2013 1:48pm ET
I much rather spend that kind of dough on a real cigar like a Padron Family Reserve 85. Forget Jay Z it's all about Jose O Padron baby!
Doug Wiggins Bowie, MD, December 24, 2013 2:08pm ET
He should've called it "The Hoviba", then maybe I'd buy a couple boxes...
Phillip Butler Timonium, MD, US, December 24, 2013 4:33pm ET
I would expect the haters to show up on msnbc posts or some other such trash, but not here. You don't have to buy it. This space should be for cigar lovers, not people haters. I am no lover of jay z or Beyoncé, but this site is about the cigars, not the gossip columns.
scott flores pomona, California, United States, December 24, 2013 5:33pm ET
Man that seems expensive as hell!Cohibas are overrated.i would try one,if I could just buy one.
mike williams jr December 24, 2013 5:47pm ET
Y.O.L.O my birth day coming up I'm going to try it. i like cohiba anyway
Terrence Davis Henderson, Nevada, USA, December 24, 2013 9:14pm ET
Touche, this site is about Cigars. But think about it...when has Jay Z put out something and it was really not worth it. Not Good At All???
JOSEPH AMLIN TABANAN, INDONESIA, December 25, 2013 1:27am ET
All. This is an excellent cigar I had one in Vegas at the Big Smoke and another today as part of my xmas celebration in Bali. I have a great collection of delicious smokes Cubans and non-cubans. The Comador compares to the best of the best. The draw is easy, the smoke is full and cool with the flavors starting with coffee and chocolate with a bit more peppery spice at the end). The cigar is well balanced and joy not only to smoke but also look at with it’s dark brown smooth wrapper. I enjoyed the 2nd cigar as much as the first. I’m also impressed with the packaging and am looking forward to adding my Comador humidor next to my other great cigars. Tip of the hat to CG! I expect to see this cigar in the 2014 top 25 list. Merry xmas to all!
JOSEPH AMLIN TABANAN, INDONESIA, December 25, 2013 2:46am ET
Sorry for the type above should read - "Tip of the hat to General Cigar (GC)" not CG.
Renwick Howard Oxon Hill, MD, USA, December 25, 2013 10:26am ET
If you like it, support it. If not, don't. JAY Z bashing aside, I'm curious to know how many of you have met the people whose names are associated with your favorite brands?? Merry Christmas "aficionados" and enjoy the holidays.
Shawn Poteet Winona, Minnesota, USA, December 25, 2013 7:22pm ET
I hate being a critic or "hater" but WHY would someone pay $30 for a "Cohiba" when they can buy a REAL Cohiba (Cuban) for the same price OR cheaper?!? I'm just sayin...
James Anderson Upper Marlboro, Maryland, United States, December 25, 2013 10:28pm ET
I agree with Doug Wiggins that would have been a good name for his cigar. Price is steep, but I also said I wouldn't pay for anniversary Padron's but I do and it's a great cigar. I keep some in the humi, actually I wish he would have done it with Padron instead. But Joseph Amlin speaks highly, I shall give it a try.
Kevin McNeil Los Angeles, CA, USA, December 27, 2013 1:16am ET
I smoked this cigar at General Cigar's event in Vegas...didn't know it was JayZ'. That bit of info was kept secret. I had already had 2 cigars so my palet wasn't clean when I smoked it...it was very very good! I must admit I was impressed. Medium to full and very flavorful. Great draw n burn...I was able to get a 3inch ash on it before the ash fell. General Cigars even took a pic of me with the long ash.

Although I agree $30 is a bit steep, I would purchase it again because it's an extremely one of a kind...it's own finger print...cigar...can't compare the flavor profile to anything else I've smoked.
Ramesh Narinesingh Harrisburg, Pa, USA, December 27, 2013 11:04am ET
I agree with Cardona...smoked a nice 80 year Padron on Christmas day! JZ has to earn my doe! Hasn't spent enough time in this game!
Erik Molnar Yakima, WA, USA, December 29, 2013 3:10pm ET
@Renwick Howard..I have actually met Jonathan Drew of Drew Estate a couple of times at cigar events. Very down to earth guy who genuinely cares about his customers and his product. Personally I'll buy a $8 Undercrown before I'd buy a $30 Cohiba but to each his/her own.
工內三下三L_MCMLXXI™ January 21, 2014 12:30am ET
Had the pleasure of puffing one of these this weekend while in Vegas have to say one of the best so far from Dominican Cohiba (post pic on twitter) #salute
charles sturdivant uniondale, ny, usa, March 21, 2014 11:54am ET
I wood like to try one - But at $30 it better be good.

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