Cohiba Siglo VI
By: Eric Hewett
Size: 5.875 x 52 ring (Canonazo)
Country of Origin: Cuba
Strength: Med to Full
Price: $40 – $50CDN
Before the Behike was anointed as the â€œnew hotnessâ€ of the Cuban Cohiba family, the Siglo VI was the sexiest member of this esteemed brand. Originally released in 2004, the Siglo VI was unique because it was, at the time, the largest ring gauge straight- sided â€œparejoâ€ cigar to be produced in Cuba in almost 30 years. It was also the first member of the family to wear the newly designed band featuring the Cohiba name in embossed gold foil with â€˜Habana Cubaâ€™ beneath. A band which would eventually be worn by all lines of the Cohiba brand until the Behike.
I am sure that most of you Cigar Nutâ€™s are familiar with the history behind this storied franchise so I wonâ€™t bore you by further rehashing the details. Honestly, the hype that accompanies Cuban made cigars, specifically Cohiba, is mammoth. The prices associated with these cigars is equally hefty. Depending on where you choose to shop you might be forced to plunk down anywhere from $40 – $70 dollars per stick! If you donâ€™t live in Canada or the UK you are also likely to be forced to purchase covertly from various online retailers and the fear of customs seizures, fakes, and shipping malfunctions is a regular threat.
My question is: Is the Cohiba Siglo VI worth it?
The Siglo VI is a visually gorgeous specimen. From time to time one of the complaints against Cuban made cigars has been â€œpoor constructionâ€ perhaps due to over-production or relaxed quality control standards. Not these beauties. The Siglo VIâ€™s that I inspected for this review were each wonderful examples of what a fine Cuban cigar should look like. Each one was well built with no noticeable veins or defects. These sticks are also amazingly light considering the size and that each appears to be packed fairly tightly with filler tobacco, woven in that magical â€œcrop circleâ€ pattern characteristic of premium long filler.
The band, a classic within the cigar world, has been copied so often that the latest model worn by the Behike line includes holographic security features designed to thwart the black market fakes.
The pre-light aroma is signature Cuban with a â€œbarnyardâ€ dominated smell that many premium cigar lovers know better than their sweethearts perfume.
An effortless draw allows me to pull volumes of smoke into my mouth where the Siglo VI starts out with a dusting of light pepper that turns quickly into an earthy sweet grass flavor that carries the first 1/3 of the cigar.
The burn is excellent & the aroma provided by the resting smoke is stellar. I would happily stand downwind of anyone smoking one of these cigars. Actually, if you wanted to hot box a Siglo VI inside a phone booth I would be down for that also. Itâ€™s that good!
The second third brings hints of coffee & bean that play well with the earthy sweet grass.
The final third sees the sweet grass move to the background while earth, coffee and pepper mingle into a grand finale that reaches the full end of the flavor scale. The power of this cigar is cloaked by a velvety smooth profile that might catch you by surprise if you skipped dinner.
The Cohiba Siglo VI is one of the best cigars I have ever smoked. From construction to smoldering nub I cannot a find much I donâ€™t love about this cigar. The flavors hit all the right notes and they changed often enough to keep me on my toes. The burn was flawless and the ash held like a champ up to 1.5 inches before I knocked it off. The price is certainly substantial and provides the only real drawback to the Siglo VI.
Cuban cigars are, in my opinion, overpriced to a large extent. The history & mystique associated with the Cohiba brand helps drive demand and the embargo puts just enough strain on the supply side to drive up the prices. The Behike is certainly a shining example of this process. However, if you can afford to smoke a Cohiba Siglo VI, even only on your birthday or special occasionS, I highly recommend you do because itâ€™s
worth the money.