Cohiba XV 652 Cigar Review

Cohiba is a popular brand name recognized for its excellent Cuban cigars, but what about its Dominican stogies? We will put the Cohiba XV 652 to the test.

Background

The full-bodied Cohiba XV was developed by Daniel Nuñez, with XV standing for Xtra Vigoroso, or extra strong or vigorous. In fact, it is deemed to be the most full-bodied stogie from Cohiba’s Dominican side. The XV is produced in limited quantities and also carries a hefty price tag. Is it worth buying? Let’s find out.

Composition

The cigar’s filler is a mix of Dominican Piloto Cubano Ligero and Nicaraguan Ligero tobaccos. The binder is Connecticut Broadleaf that has been aged for three years. The wrapper is composed of 3.5 year old Ecuadorian Sun Grown Sumatra leaf.

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Sizes

Here are the different sizes available from the Cohiba XV line of cigars:

5 x 50 XV 550
6 x 45 XV 645
6 x 52 XV 652
6 x 60 XV 660
7 x 49 XV 749

Pre-light Inspection

The Cohiba XV 652 offers up a solid initial impression. I pick up a spicy fragrance and flavor just before lighting that have me ready for a very potent smoke. The ornamental band near the head exhibits the Cohiba label and Extra Vigoroso mark over a black, gold, and maroon color design. The stogie feels firm to the touch and does not have soft spots. The dark-colored wrapper is very oily. Some slight veins show, but no major deformities.

Flavor

In regards to the cigar’s flavor, I find the Cohiba XV 652 to deliver a good dosage of complexity. In my opinion, I believe it has merely enough of a range of flavors to keep things entertaining throughout the length of the smoke. It begins with a rush of bold pepper instantly which blends with a sweet fruity taste in the first third. The second third offers more robust pepper, in addition to cocoa and dark coffee. The last third is a combination of pepper, wood, and cedar. It is strong, but not overpowering.

Burn

The Cohiba XV 652 has a taut draw at first that eventually loosens up and gets perfect. Smoking time is over an hour. No touch-ups or re-lights are needed. The ash is solid and gray in color.

The Wrap-up

The Cohiba XV 652 is another reliable smoke from the company. It’s a pricy stick, but search for one on sale to give it a try on a very special occasion. You can also find the XV 652 in packs of five or boxes of 20. Beginners should keep away, as it is undoubtedly too powerful. Pick one up if you savor Dominican Cohiba stogies, or are looking for something full-bodied and tasty.

Rating

I give the Cohiba XV 652 four out of five stogies.