Cohiba Extra Cognac from Martell
Cigar Cognacs are great Cognacs to pair with Cigars, especially the heavier ones from Cuba, these Cognacs are somewhat spicier and stronger in taste, so they do not disappear in terms of taste when paired with a heavy aromatic cigar.
Cohiba was back in 1999 one of the first, with the idea to make a special cigar spirit. They collaborate for some time with Bisquit, but after Bisquit was bought by Martell, it decided to bring the Bisquit Cohiba under the Martell label.
This cognac was created by the Cognac House of Bisquit on the initiative of the Cuban cigar company, Habanos S.A. Blind tastings took place with the aid of specialists, directors of the prestige cigar clubs of France, and other influential cigar smokers. The Bisquit Cohiba Cognac Extra made its debut in February, 1999 during the International Cigar Festival in Cuba. The blend is composed of forty to fifty-year old cognac spirits from the Grand Champagne region and bottled at 43% alcohol by volume.
Yes! We lighted a fine Cohiba Siglo II from our humidor, sat down on our Chesterfield Bench and poured a glass of the Cohiba Cognac.
This Cigare Cognac really holds very well against the strong spicy cigar, the aroma’s also supplement each other…
We used the Siglo II to compare the taste with Gautier Pinar Rio, also a Cigare Cognac, the Pinar Rio is somewhat spicier in taste, the Martell is softer and sweeter. But both great to pair with a cigar.
The Martell Cohiba Cognac is quite expensive and is sold for about $300,- The Gautier Pinar Rio is about a factor 3 cheaper and therefore price-wise a way better deal.
The review/tasting notes of Martell Cohiba Extra Cognac are:
The color: red-copper.
The fragrance: sweet notes of berries and dried fruits, nutty notes of toasted almonds and hazel, roasted coffee beans, oak and suble floral aromas. Quite complex.
The taste: smooth and sweet. A touch of liquorice and a slight nutty note in the finish. The higher alcohol content is not very much present.
The after-taste: great length.
The origin: 100% from the Grande Champagne Cognac region in France, it doesn’t come from Cuba….
Age: 40 to 50 years old.
The price: 250 – 300 dollars.
Conclusion: great Cognac, but very pricy. A better buy would be the Gautier Pinar Rio…