Cigar Review: Cohiba Comador Double Corona

Cigar Review: Cohiba Comador Double Corona

General Cigar Company
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Havana)
Binder: unknown
Filler: unknown
Size: 7 1/4″ x 54
Strength: medium
Price: $23.00

Overall Rating: 9.2

A collaboration between General Cigar Company and rapper JAY-Z, the Cohiba Comador is one of those much hyped cigars that still manages to live up to some of its marketing. Made with a blend of proprietary tobaccos, the Cohiba Comador has a very interesting mix of flavors including raisins, coffee, oak and cocoa. There’s a decidedly New York feel to the Comador, that is only enhanced by having JAY-Z attached to the cigar and having Barney’s, Club Macanudo and 40/40 Club as retailers. Dan Carr, president of General Cigar said in the Comador’s press release, “As a visionary, artist and connoisseur, JAY-Z is the epitome of modern luxury and the ideal partner for Cohiba. JAY brought tremendous creative to the development of Comador, and we responded by leveraging Cohiba’s assets to deliver an amazing cigar using rare, proprietary tobaccos, with contemporary, urbane packaging.”

The Comador features a rare Connecticut wrapper from a 25 acre plot of land off the Farmington River. Once transferred to the Dominican Republic, the wrapper leaves undergo a four year aging process, including a final year in Dominican rum barrels followed by a six month period in a cedar lined room. Unfortunately, General Cigar has not released information of the rest of the blend other than to say that they’re “hand-selected leaves from the Caribbean and Central America.”

Pre-Light: The Comador is packaged with a black and bronze/gold color scheme that is reminiscent of the colors on Jay-Z’s 1997 In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 album. A beautiful, oily dark brown Connecticut wrapper makes the gold and black Cohiba Comador band really shine.

The scent of leather is detectable from the Comador’s wrapper, while a dried fruit and natural tobacco aroma comes from the unlit foot of the cigar. Leather and sweet dried fruit come through on the cold draw that is neither to easy or too tight.

Burn: The Comador has a perfect draw from beginning to end. It smokes much more quickly than its large size suggests. Unlike many quick burning cigars, the Comador has an very even burn. The Comador produces a lot of flavorful white smoke while giving off a sweet floral aroma.

Flavor: Starting out mild in strength, roasted coffee comes through immediately upon lighting up the Comador. There is a significant raisin flavor to the first third of the cigar. An extremely subtle bit on anise and spice lies beneath the roasted coffee, oak and raisin notes. During the transition to the second third, a bit of white pepper occurs. Raisin, cocoa, cinnamon oak and sweet cedar are all present during the second third of the cigar. At times there is a hint of mint that comes through at certain points during the Comador’s second third. The strength picks up to medium at this point in the cigar. A floral flavor appears briefly at the halfway point, but soon disappears back into raisins, dried fruit, leather, redwood and coffee. At the transition to the final third of the Comador an herbal spice begins to join the existing flavors. Black coffee comes to the forefront during the final third of the Comador. There’s flavor reminiscent of Ghirardelli brownies that mixes well with the already occurring coffee note. The raisin like flavor diminishes greatly, but is still present through to the end of the cigar. White pepper, leather, cedar and cocoa dominate the last inch as the strength begins to border on full towards the end.

Overall: Whenever a celebrity is attached to a cigar I go into it expecting the cigar to be “D.O.A.”, so when I sat down to review this cigar while listening to JAY-Z’s Blueprint CDs I was not expecting the Comador to live up to the hype. Instead, I was surprised to find the Comador to be a surprisingly tasty treat. With a unique blend of raisins, coffee, oak, cocoa, herbs, pepper and leather make the Comador one of the best recent releases from General Cigar. Well constructed and even burning, the Cohiba Comador is an extremely high quality cigar, and may be the best cigar they’ve released with the Cohiba name. Somehow something in the Comafor blend reminds me of New York City. I can’t put my finger on why it puts me in an “Empire State of Mind”, but it’s just a feeling I get that has nothing to do with the packaging. If there is a downside to the Comador its price; the $20-plus price tag makes it a cigar for special occasions unless of course “Money Ain’t A Thang” for you. Still, the Comador is a super-premium cigar that is worth adding to your collection. The Comador should only improve with time. I personally have a few sitting in my humidor for those times I celebrating something special with fellow New Yorkers (like the Rangers winning game 7 against the Penguins last week).

Pairing: When pairing the Cohiba Comador a good sipping rum is the best choice. I personally enjoy the interplay of flavors from the Kirk and Sweeney 12 year old Dominican rum. The Zafra 21, Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum, Papa’s Pilar Blonde Rum or Centenario 25 are excellent sipping rums that will pair well with the Comador. The Balvenie 14 Yr Caribbean Cask, Bruichladdich 17 Rum Cask, Balvenie 17 Rum Cask or Glenfiddich 21 Gran Reserva Caribbean Rum Cask Finish are single malts that will compliment the Cohiba Comador nicely.

On a side note, I realize that I will probably catch some flack for this review (especially from others in the cigar blogging community) for giving this cigar such a high rating. To many, this cigar represents all their least favorite things in the cigar world: manufactured by a large company, high price point, celebrity involvement and big marketing. That said, this site is all about the cigar itself and the overall experience of the cigar; all the other stuff is secondary and really doesn’t inform our reviews.   

For more info on the Cohiba Comador can be found at: www.camadorcigar.com

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)