Cohiba Red Dot Toro Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, December 8, 2010
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Cohiba Red Dot Toro Cigar Review

This 6×50 stick offers a dark brown wrapper with an uneven but firm and dense pack, moderate tooth, minimal veins and tight seams with a double cap. The aroma is a slight barnyard and earth with a mild pepper. First light reveals a very deep, take your breath away kind of earthiness with a medium body, long finish and small pepper kick. The first third develops into an overwhelmingly dry, deep pepper nd earth, with a slight spice kick for a few seconds on the tounge after each draw. The burn and draw are both perfect, with plenty of rich smooth smoke. 45 min in just past the 1/2 way point the flavors are just about the same, just getting more mellow and smoothed together somewhat. 1 hour in at the band point, it transitions to a smooth deep earth with a bigger pepper and spice kick and medium bodied licorice just after the draw, keeping the earth finish. Finishing at 1:20 min, the last nub was just as tasty! Thank you very much to Alan May for generously sending this in for review!

  • Non Smoker Critic

    Watching you’re reviews makes it difficult not to try some of the smokes you review… excellent Job..

  • Thank you!

  • Bricpeter

    Really enjoy your reviews. Keep up the good work!

  • stevenknisley

    Bryan what are your thoughts on v cutters?

    • Checkout the cutter comparison vid. Not a fan personally.

      • stevenknisley

        How much better is the Cuban Crafters perfect cut than the standard Xikar that I and I’ve noticed most people have?

        • They both cut very well, it’s just personal choice if you want a backing or not. i do. I have Xikars and Palios as well.

          • stevenknisley

            Yeah I just feel the way you describe the perfect cut there is no way to go wrong when using it no matter what the cigar shape is, and with it only being like $15 dollars I might spend the money and see for myself.

  • stevenknisley

    And have you ever smoked a Gurkha Grand Reserve or possible a His Majesty’s Reserve?

  • stevenknisley

    This is one of my go to cigars. I could smoke it everyday and still enjoy it. One of my favorites. Thanks.

  • benjammin94

    Would love to try this cigar if only i had acess to cubans. I had a cohiba before and it was great, just a general cohiba though.

  • stevenknisley

    This cigar isn’t a Cuban though, Benjammin

  • CWSfan16

    Being a beginner to cigars (have been smoking for less than a year), and a college student on a budget, are Cohibas worth the money spent on them. In the area of the country I am from, they are consistently $16+ cigars. I would rather purchase 5 $3 cigars at this point.

  • Camshaft83

    Bryan. I got 5 of these in a sampler pack and have been letting them rest for a couple months. After your great review I think I am going to have to bust a couple out this weekend. What did you drink while smoking them and what other drinks do you think might pair well?

    • Camshaft83

      great review. Found everything you did but the licorice in the last third. Very dry finish just like you said. Just like you I had to have a drink. The Saporro beer that I had could have been used better for something else but I found them to pair well. Looking forward to smoking my other cohibas and finding that perfect drink, in my opinion, to go with them. 😉

  • Daniel.A

    i’ve seen nice reviews on these cigars. i definitely wanna try them. but they’re a bit on the pricey side. even on CI with their AWESOME deals.

  • eric.hanson

    This along with the black, is my favorite Cohiba. Good review I get similar things from these, lots of dryness, and pepper and Earth on the finish.

  • Somehow along the way I have missed this cigar. Need to try it.

  • wcfennell

    I get the feeling that these dominican cohibas are way over priced. I haven’t talked to anyone who’s had one and felt it was worth the money. Obviously they’re doing a great job of riding the coat tails of a brand they literally have no connection to.

    • Camshaft83

      Cigars international has a great deal in their sampler section called gentleman’s deuce. 5 Cohiba red dot robustos and 5 Greycliff Avalino Lara PG robustos for just under 50 bucks. This is how I keep my humidor stocked with them because your right about the full price being a little steep at around 10 dollars a stick for a box of 25 or 15+ for a single at the store here in Utah.

  • Greg Bellante

    Yep Bryan. Dry,Dry and Dry… your right on as usual. I mean to tell you the honest truth i expected a lot more from a Cohiba even though it’s a Dominican and not a Cuban this stick can’t compare to a Rocky Patel Signature Series toro.

  • I puffed one of these guys last night, I thoroughly enjoyed it. They have been in the humidor for a month so I had to finally try one. Mine were super pungent with manure when I first took them out of the cellophane. They mellowed out a big in smell after being able to get a bit of resting time. It smoked great and the ash held on for a good long while too. I am pretty pleased with it. I’m glad I have a few more in the humidor. Definitely will be enjoying them again.

  • BCamara

    A few months back I had the Red Dot in robusto. I have to say it was very… Robust for a lack of a better word. It was dry and earthy, I enjoyed it but I can’t see this stick being and everyday cigars due to its price. I think I paid $14 for it, and for that price I’d rather smoke a Padron 1926 #35. It’s still a nice cigar though.

  • lazyboy

    just smoked the red dot robusto. sooo disappointed. I didn’t spend anywhere near 15 bucks for it but still. horrible draw. horrible smoke output. rock hard knot towards the foot. right under the band. so never got past it. just bad experience overall.

  • Buffalo Trace

    This was the 1st Cohiba I smoked, it was the Robusto that came in the Delicious Dozen from CI. Some wat of a let down, performance was good but the taste was just so so, nothing that appealed to my. In this same pac it came with the Ave Maria Knights Templar that turned out to be in the top 3 of my favs so far, ranking with the Ramon Bueso Odyssey and CAO Black Bengal.

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