Cohiba came out with their latest line, Serie M last year. Not only was this the first Cohiba made in the U.S.A. but it was made at the famed El Titan de Bronze factory. When it launched, it was available in just one vitola, a toro (6 x 52). Earlier this year, Cohiba announced a new size for the line, Cohiba Serie M Corona Gorda that measures 6.5 x 48. We gave the original size a 91 in our blind testing.
This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.
The new Cohiba Serie M Corona Gorda has the same MSRP as the original toro, $29.99 per cigar. It also comes in boxes of 10 like the toro and has the same production of 5,000 boxes. The cigar itself uses a double binder, closed foot, and triple cap with a fan. The blend uses Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan Jalapa and Esteli and Dominican Piloto Cubano fillers.
Vitola: Corona Gorda Length: 6 1/2″ Ring Gauge: 48 Country of Origin: U.S.A. Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua Factory: El Titan de Bronze Blender: Sean Williams Number of reviewers: 4 – Alan(Eulogy) Ryan H.(Ryan H.) Chad M. (Chad Tchad) Sean F.(fullermaine) Price: $29.99 Age: 3 Months Release Date: April 2022 Contributed by: General Cigar
Initial Impressions – Cohiba Serie M Corona Gorda
“Medium tan leather color to the cigar. Mostly closed foot to the cigar. Feel of the cigar is mostly smooth with some mild lumps and bumps of veins and seams.” –Chad M. (Chad Tchad)
“Notes of tea on the cold draw with oak notes once lit.” –Sean F. (fullermaine)
Flavor: 84 Strength: Medium Body/Complexity: Medium
“Strong spice and salty flavors are noted on the first draw of the cigar, a sharp piney flavor hits the tip of the tongue. Notes of musty flavor hit the back of the tongue. Retrohale has sharp sweet cedar flavor.” –Chad M. (Chad Tchad)
“notes of wood grass and earth can be detected. The draw is like trying to drink a super thick milkshake through the world’s smallest straw. Room note is pleasant, earthy and sweet smelling.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)
Flavor: 83 Strength: Medium Body/Complexity: Medium
“The flavors are very light but good. Notes of baking spice, leather, cocoa, mild pepper, and hay are all present but not assertive. Everything is performing great but it is missing a bit of a wow factor. Around the halfway point it starts to wake up and everything is the same but with an added boldness.” –Alan (Eulogy)
“wood becomes a very pronounced cedar with a little spice joining through the nose. The draw is still very tight almost Un smokable really. profile picks up a soapy note, and only gets more and more bitter as the second third proceeds.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)
Flavor: 85 Strength: Medium Body/Complexity: Medium
“Dry oaky notes are the dominant flavor now. Everything else is still the same as the previous two-thirds with notes of baking spice, mild pepper, cocoa, and tobacco.” –Alan (Eulogy)
“This cigar has continued with consistent salty cedar flavor. There still is a sharp/harsh piney flavor that hits the tip of the tongue as well. There is some mild sweet creamy flavor. Retrohale still with strong cedar with slight black pepper flavor.” –Chad M. (Chad Tchad)
Overall Impressions – Cohiba Serie M Corona Gorda
“The draw is tight and did make hard to smoke the cigar.” –Chad M. (Chad Tchad)
“The cigar felt solid. On the 2nd 1/3rd of the cigar, some of the wrapper started to peel at the burn line; and a slight crack in the wrapper developed. However the crack did not grow and it did not seem to take away from the smoke.” –Chad M. (Chad Tchad)
Overall Strength: Medium Overall Body/Complexity: Medium Experience Overall: 82
“It did a lot of things right but the flavors were just too muted at times. Still, the creamy smoke and top-notch construction add to the experience. I’m just not sure I would reach for this as it has such uneven experience.” –Alan (Eulogy)
“with the underperforming draw and the substandard taste of the second and third, I would not recommend this cigar to anyone” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)
“There were a lot of flavors to this cigar, however, they just didn’t seem to match each other or blend well together. This smoke was a salty, cedar flavor but there was a sharp piney flavor that was harsh at times.” –Chad M. (Chad Tchad)
“A poorly constructed and bland cigar. Tea notes on the cold draw with oak notes throughout. Minor splitting occurs. Horrible draw throughout the cigar. The only good thing was the burn. Even burn with no touch-up needed. Not a cigar I’d seek out or try again.” –Sean F. (fullermaine)
Smoking Time (in minutes): 63
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"There were a lot of flavors to this cigar, however, they just didn't seem to match each other or blend well together. This smoke was a salty, cedar flavor but there was a sharp piney flavor that was harsh at times. " -Chad M. (Chad Tchad)