Cigar Aficionado

Cohiba Esplendido
Esplendido
92
points
Cuba
Cuba
47 47
Medium-Full
Medium-Full
Tasting Note
Structured and complex, this cigar leaves clear impressions of nuts and graham cracker atop a hearty base of coffee bean. The maple-and-coffee finish is long and hearty.
Body Medium-Full
Size Churchill
Ring Gauge 47
Length 7"
Filler Cuba
Binder Cuba
Wrapper Cuba
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jun 01, 2016
Price £40.20
Box DateJuly 2015
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2017 | Score: 95

Both nuanced and bold, this refined cigar leaves very precise impressions of smoky peanuts, leather and roasted coffee beans on the palate. Sweeter notes of candied citrus and dried fruit balance the savory components. Complex and harmonious.

Issue: Cigar Insider: May 24, 2016 | Score: 92

Structured and complex, this cigar leaves clear impressions of nuts and graham cracker atop a hearty base of coffee bean. The maple-and-coffee finish is long and hearty.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2015 | Score: 93

The Cohiba brand is one of the best-known cigar brands in the world, and the big, stately Esplendido is one of its most familiar sizes. Created in 1989 as part of the Línea Clásica series (along with the chunky Robusto and diminutive Exquisito), The Churchill-sized smoke packs a considerable punch, and at its best it showcases a level of power and complexity that is hard to find anywhere else. Recent production Cohiba Esplendidos show off rich, full-bodied flavors, such as salted caramel, black cherry and baked apple. The cigars, which were once made only at the small El Laguito Factory, are now so popular that they are produced in many factories, making consistent performance somewhat of a problem.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2014 | Score: 94

The rich smoke of this beautiful Churchill layers the palate with profoundly sophisticated notes of salted caramel, black cherry and baked apple. Full bodied and elegant.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2014 | Score: 88

There's some resistance on the draw of this Churchill, which is woody and floral in character, though the finish tastes perfumed.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2013 | Score: 90

Toasty, rich and malty, this flavorful Churchill has definitive notes of cedar as well, though the draw is a bit firm.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2012 | Score: 92

There's a bit of resistance to the draw of this golden Churchill, but it still imparts a creamy, toasty smoke laden with marzipan, almonds and cedar flavor.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2011 | Score: 91

A gorgeous Churchill with a tawny wrapper and neat cap though it burns crookedly. Primary flavors of leather and earth are complemented by coffee bean.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Mar 08, 2011 | Score: 91

A gorgeous Churchill with a tawny wrapper and neat cap thought tit burns crookedly. Primary flavors of leather and earth are complemented by coffee bean.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2010 | Score: 88

Veiny, streaky and solidly rolled but the draw is notably firm. A leathery tasting smoke rounded out by woody notes and minerals.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2009 | Score: 92

An attractive, oily cigar with model construction. The burn and draw are even and the smoke communicates profound notes of leather, cocoa and cedar that culminate to a sweet and spicy finish. Very sophisticated tobacco.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2007 | Score: 94

Gorgeous and beautifully textured, this dark, oily cigar starts with a balanced, cohesive core of leather and pepper flavors that become increasingly complex taking on toasted almond and cedar notes. A very rich, full-bodied smoke.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2006 | Score: 90

Toothy and attractive, with a fine draw. The cigar has a sweet aroma as it burns. It’s creamy, woody and chocolaty, with a nice texture to the smoke. Medium to full bodied.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2004 | Score: 87

Good color to this cigar, which draws and burns well. It has a medium body, with flavors of cedar, toast and leather, but it could be more complex.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Feb 01, 2004 | Score: 87

This attractive, golden Churchill lacks complexity. Medium-bodied Flavors are cedary, and the finish is short.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2003 | Score: 93

Nicely made, with a three-seam cap, this cigar has an easy draw and a pleasant aroma. Smooth, rich flavors abound, from leather to cedar and coffee bean to pepper. It's medium to full in body, with a long finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Aug 01, 2002 | Score: 86

Solid but pale, this cigar is mild, sweet and grassy with a medium-bodied character. It has a tight draw. Surprising.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2002 | Score: 87

Nicely made, with a wonderful cap, this oily cigar has a firm draw. It's sweet, simple and woody, with some balsa notes.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2001 | Score: 87

A wrinkly, brown cigar with a nice draw. The smoke is complex—spicy, woody, chocolatey and earthy. A medium to full-bodied cigar that smokes much better than it looks.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2000 | Score: 90

A beautiful if veiny wrapper. It has a perfect draw and burn, showing rich, toasty notes of leather, earth and cedar. It's semi-sweet, with a medium body.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jun 01, 2000 | Score: 86

An oily, solid cigar. It has a tight draw, but it burns well. The smoke has peppery notes marred by sour, vegetal flavors. The cigar tastes a bit young.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 1999 | Score: 91

A powerful, full-bodied cigar. It has great reddish brown wrapper, and is well-made. It is smooth tasting with sweet, peppery character, and flavors of coffee and cocoa beans.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Feb 01, 1999 | Score: 89

Beautiful shape, shine and shade. It begins as a toasty, medium-bodied cigar, and improves as it's smoked.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Sep 01, 1998 | Score: 91

Chocolate brown and oily, this well-made cigar has hints of coffee and cocoa, with a cedary finish. Medium-bodied.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 1998 | Score: 90

There is a definite note of aged cedar taste on this cigar, with a solid core of spice flavors on the palate. It has a woody finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Sep 01, 1995 | Score: 89

A full-bodied cigar with black cherry-like notes, and a woody spiciness on the palate. A firm, almost tough draw.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Sep 01, 1993 | Score: 90

An elegant cigar with a tendency toward as tight draw, but filled with perfectly balanced mild flavors of cedar and nuts and an overall flowery character. But this score reflects some inconsistency; in the Premier Issue, it received 98 points.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale