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Cohiba Serie M

Cohiba Serie M

We, as cigar enthusiasts, will think of Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Honduras, and so on when it comes to discovering where a particular cigar originates from but, what about the USA? Well, here we have a cigar “Serie M” by Cohiba Cigars that is made right here in the USA; constructed at the El Titan de Bronze Factory in Miami Florida to be exact. General Cigar announced the limited edition project earlier in the year 2021. 

Some of you may know the history of Cohiba others may not. The Cohiba brand has its origins in Cuba going back to 1968. The U.S. version of the brand is owned by Scandinavian Tobacco Group and has been in the U.S. since 1981. For the most part, the U.S. version has come out of General Cigar’s Dominican factory, but for the past few years, the Cohiba band has been produced by other factories owned by General Cigars including Honduras (Cohiba Royale), Nicaragua (Cohiba Nicaragua), and now the United States (Cohiba serie M). 

The Cohiba Serie M is a Nicaraguan forward blend. Nicaraguan tobacco makes up the wrapper, binder, and filler. The wrapper is a Nicaraguan Corojo, which marks the fist time that leaf has been used on Cohiba cigar. There is a double binder with both leaves from Nicaragua. The fillers contain leaves from two regions of Nicaragua (Jalapa and Esteli) and also contain some Domincan Piloto Cubano tobacco. Learning about the origin of this cigar I’m ready to light up and get into my review! 

Having a few cold draws to start this process I’m picking up some natural tobacco notes with some cedar and citrus. Very earthy which kind of dried my mouth out a little. Had a couple sips of water to get my palate ready and here I go with the light up. 

The first third of the Cohiba Serie M kicked off with notes of cedar, earth, bread, honey-citrus, and baker’s spice. Early on, the cedar and citrus notes moved to the forefront. The cedar soon became the sole primary note. The citrus settled into the background, joining the earth and baker’s spice. There were times when the earth notes popped into the forefront. A slight red pepper note emerged late while I entered the second third. 

As I continue on to the second third of the Cohiba Serie M cedar notes maintained on my palate with an increase of red pepper and earth notes. The honey-citrus notes slowly receded during this phase. By the midway point, the earth notes took over as the primary flavor with some coffee joining the party, pushing the cedar into the background with the red pepper and baker’s spice. 

Smoking right into the final third the red pepper and earthy notes were joined by cocoa powder; almost a malty taste and leather right down to the end. 

I was certainly impressed with the overall burn despite the fact that I have heard that other individuals who have tried this cigar had construction (wrapper cracking) and burn issues. The Cohiba Serie M cigar is a medium to a light medium+. This cigar only comes in a 6×52 toro size with an msrp of $29.99 and/or box of 10 for $299.90. It is most certainly one to try despite the price; I will rate this cigar a 4.5 out of 5. Since this Cohiba Serie M was made in the US as mentioned in the beginning of this review it is a “Limited Cigar” so if you are able to find them certainly purchase at least one to smoke and see what YOU come up with for your own review! Enjoy!

Wrapper –  Nicaraguan

Binder – Nicaraguan

Filler – Dominican & Nicaraguan

Website: www.cohiba.com

Rating: 4.0 out of 5 pints.

Liga Privada Dirty Rat

Liga Privada Dirty Rat

Good day, Distinguished Ruffian family. T Money back for another cigar review, just for your reading pleasure. This is a well-known cigar but has become kind of a unicorn due to availability and after-market pricing. I’m sure you all know the name and brand. As legend has it, Steve Saka created this cigar to have with his espresso while in Nicaragua. He has said to have over 50 boxes in his humidor and won’t smoke any that were made after his departure from Drew Estate. He even created the Sobremesa Short Churchill to replace this cigar so he could hoard his precious stash. I’m talking of course about the Liga Privada Unico Series Dirty Rat.

This has been a go-to early morning smoke for me, but they are hard to come by. This cigar has been aging since 2012. I have only a few left and wanted to get my notes down before I ran out. When I first started smoking cigars, finding the Unico Series on the shelves, was like finding the Holy Grail. The first one I had was the Feral Flying Pig. I’ve since stashed a couple of boxes of those away for a rainy day. The L40 was the next one I tried and being a hater of Lanceros, it didn’t do much for me. Then, this one came along. The corona size is also one that I had to grow to love and this is the one that sealed the deal for me. So without further ado, let’s get into it. It is a 5×44 Corona that comes with the same wrapper that is on the T-52. If you like the T-52, you’ll love this cigar. It has a Brazilian binder with Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers. It comes in a box of 12 with an MSRP of $12, but as you know, there is a huge markup on these hard-to-find Ligas. I bought this box from Jerry’s Cigars in Tucson, back in 2012. I cut it with the trusty Palio and fired it up with the DuPont DeFi Xtreme.

Liga Privada Unico Series Dirty Rat

Starting off, the smoke output is absolutely crazy, as with all Liga Privada cigars. There is a TON of earth right off the bat. Slight amount of pepper on the retrohale, but nothing crazy. Getting further in, it has some semi-sweet chocolate coming to the forefront. The sweetness and the earth just meld really well together. The strength and body are at the lower end of medium as I reach the second third.

The second third starts to really show that semi-sweet chocolate flavor. Earth is now barely hanging on, but it is still noticeable. The retrohale is still about the same with some slight spice with a bit of cherry wood. I had a tunnel starting and had to let it go out. After letting it go out and a relight, it seemed to fix itself. It’s tough with these corona-sized cigars to fix a tunnel, but this didn’t have a problem. Strength and body are about medium for both.

Finishing up the last third, there isn’t a whole lot of change. A bit more bite on the retrohale, but that is to be expected with the smaller ring gauge. Semi-sweet chocolate,

dark earth, and a touch of leather round out the cigar. I nubbed it at about the hour and 20-minute mark.

Overall, I think the age really smoothed out this blend and melded the flavors together. I remember there being much more transitions when I first smoked the cigar. This one was crazy smooth and even the retrohale didn’t make me sneeze or eyes water as I remember the younger versions doing. I haven’t been able to find any lately, so I have no frame of comparison, other than my original notes. If you like a corona size cigar and want something with coffee in the morning, this is your go-to. Great burn, only a small issue with the tunnel and huge smoke output.

T Money score: 4/5 rebuy box. If you can find these at, or close to MSRP, grab them. You definitely won’t be disappointed.

Wrapper –  Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder – Brazilian Mata Fina

Filler – Nicaraguan & Honduran

Website: www.drewestate.com

Rating: 4.0 out of 5 pints.

  • Travis Peterson AKA T Money is the Co-Captain of the Arizona/New Mexico Chapter of Distinguished Ruffians. He started his cigar journey in 2007 and hasn’t looked back. Outside of cigars he has a passion for brewing beer, playing guitar, bowling and golf. He is also a self proclaimed grilling and smoking expert. 

Espinosa Cigars Presents Comfortably Numb 2

Espinosa Comfortably Numb 2

Good afternoon Ruffian family and happy National Cigar day. Today we’re going to take a look at the Espinosa Cigars Presents Comfortably Numb 2. I’ll be honest, even being a huge cigar geek, I had not even heard of this cigar until it was sent in the mail to me by the Prez himself. Even that being said, the few hours of surfing the web, not much was available, and what I did find had a lot of contradictions. What I could find was that this had a corojo ligero wrapper with Nicaraguan and Honduran ligero fillers. It was made in just the one size, 6×52 toro and made by Erik Espinosa at La Zona factory. I couldn’t find when this was first released to the market, but all signs point to 2019-2020. This cigar has an MSRP of $8.60 and from what I could find, isn’t too widely available in the present market. Enough with the filler, let’s get to the reason you’re here.

At first glance, this cigar has a dark brown wrapper with a lot of veins that stand out much lighter than the wrapper itself. It almost reminds me of Liga Privada T52 in the way of appearance. I use my Palio straight cut to nip the cap and get a sense of the cold draw. The cold draw has a graham cracker sweetness that I hope comes through when I finally light this bad boy up. The cigar has a perfect resistance in the draw, so let’s set this guy on fire. I use a cedar spill to toast and finally light the cigar fully.

The first thing I get is a crazy smoke output. It’s not quite Nica Rustica level, but it sure is close. There is a lot of caramel right off the bat with a bit of cinnamon that lingers a bit on the tongue. The retrohale has quite a bit of white pepper that makes me sneeze instantly on the first draw. If this is a sign of things to come, this may end up in the full strength range sooner rather than later. Moving further in, it has like a french toast with syrup sweetness that lingers. By the end of the third, it is burning perfectly and is about medium in strength and flavor.

Slowly moving into the 2nd third, a weird soap flavor hits the palate. It’s not pleasant, to say the least. I hope this is because of the tunnel that started up after I ashed it. After a few minutes of letting the cigar sit, I have fixed the issue with the tunnel and the soap flavor has subsided for the time being. A mix of toast and dried cherry are coming to the front now and the white pepper on the retrohale has not calmed down as I get further in. Luckily the soap flavor is completely gone as I moved toward the end of the third. The draw is still good and the burn has not waivered since the beginning. 2nd third ends at a full-strength with a medium flavor.

As we start to wrap up the end of the cigar, the retrohale still stands out as the focus of this cigar. Sharp white pepper is still quite potent with a bit of cinnamon to make it less intense. A nice wheated bourbon flavor is coming through and I was wishing it would

have shown itself earlier. A metallic flavor starts to kick in with about half an inch left, so I decide to pop it into the ashtray and salute the dead soldier. Total smoking time was 1 hours and 30 minutes.

So, quite a lot to dissect with this cigar. A boatload of transitions, which is a great thing in my opinion. However, the changes did not seem to line up with the other flavors, making it kind of like choppy waves on a calm day. I wish the wheated bourbon flavor would have come to light earlier in the cigar, as well as the graham cracker that I got on the cold draw. The soapy flavor that came through in the 2nd third was quite the turnoff, but fortunately, it didn’t last long enough to damper the cigar. With that all being said, the T Money score is 3.5 out of 5, rebuy 5 pack.

For the price, this is a cigar worth seeking out. Tons of flavors with many transitions to keep you on your toes throughout the duration of this cigar. The retrohale packs a punch, so I would not suggest it for the mild to medium cigar smokers and not on an empty stomach if you’re prone to nicotine sickness. With all of that being said, it was a quality stick that if you can find one or 5, give it a shot. Share one with a friend, a family member, or even a stranger. Remember to do something nice for someone and treat everyone like family.

Wrapper –  Nicaraguan

Binder – Nicaraguan

Filler – Honduran and Nicaraguan

Website: www.espinosacigars.com

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 pints.