Cigar Aficionado

Jay-Z and Cohiba Partner to Release Comador

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.




"I wood like to try one - But at $30 it better be good." —March 21, 2014 12:24 PM
"qhat" —January 21, 2014 01:01 AM
"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 " —January 21, 2014 01:00 AM
"" —December 30, 2013 01:00 AM
"" —December 30, 2013 00:13 AM
"@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." —December 29, 2013 15:40 PM
"f--K GAY-Z.ANY OTHER COHIBA BUT THAT ONE!NO LOVE FOR THAT ONE" —December 28, 2013 08:37 AM
"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!" —December 27, 2013 11:34 AM
"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." —December 27, 2013 01:46 AM
"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." —December 25, 2013 22:58 PM
"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..." —December 25, 2013 19:52 PM
"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." —December 25, 2013 10:56 AM
"" —December 25, 2013 09:28 AM
"Sorry for the type above should read - "Tip of the hat to General Cigar (GC)" not CG." —December 25, 2013 03:16 AM
"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!" —December 25, 2013 01:57 AM
"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??? " —December 24, 2013 21:44 PM
"Y.O.L.O my birth day coming up I'm going to try it. i like cohiba anyway " —December 24, 2013 18:17 PM
"Man that seems expensive as hell!Cohibas are overrated.i would try one,if I could just buy one." —December 24, 2013 18:03 PM
"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. " —December 24, 2013 17:03 PM
"He should've called it "The Hoviba", then maybe I'd buy a couple boxes..." —December 24, 2013 14:38 PM
"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!" —December 24, 2013 14:18 PM
"Poser is right. " —December 24, 2013 13:37 PM
"I, too am "not feeling" it." —December 24, 2013 13:14 PM
"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." —December 24, 2013 13:12 PM
"I would pay the $30/stick if they promised me that Beyoncé rolled them on her thighs." —December 24, 2013 13:10 PM
"$30 a stick ?? Since I'm not a poser, I'll pass." —December 24, 2013 11:05 AM