Cohiba Edición Diamante 2012

Back at the 2011 IPCPR Trade Show, General Cigar Company launched a special chest humidor containing with 150 cigars of a new blend called the Cohiba Edición Diamante.  This offering was geared at serious cigar collectors.  In addition to coming in the humidor, the cigar itself featured a rare Cameroon wrapper that had been aging since 1980.  The Cohiba Edición Diamante chest humidor came with six different vitolas of 25 cigars each.  With only 100 humidors produced and each humidor carrying an SRP of $4,125.00, this was a cigar that would truly be a difficult one to obtain.   Fast forward to the 2012 IPCPR Trade Show, and General Cigar has launched a Cohiba Edición Diamante 2012 release.  This would be the same blend as what was offered the previous year, but this time would be sold in specially packaged ten count boxes.  Two vitolas were launched for the 2012 release.  I recently had a chance to smoke the 2012 release. Overall, I found this to be a very classic cameroon wrapper cigar, and one that provided a very good cigar experience.

The Cohiba Edición Diamante 2012 is offered in two frontmarks – a robusto and a toro.   The Robusto is being packaged in individual wrapped coffin boxes.   The toro is being packaged in individual crystal tubes.  The cigars are being offered in lots of ten in a mahogany box, but retailers can also choose to sell the cigars individually.   The release is also a limited offering, but no specifics were mentioned on the production numbers.  The price still is a premium as the Robusto has an SRP of $22.00 per cigar and the Toro has a price of $25.00 per cigar.  We don’t factor price into our assessments, but mention it for informational purposes.

Cohiba Edición Diamante 2012 – Robusto Packaging
(Cigar Coop IPCPR 2012 Photo)

 

Cohiba Edición Diamante 2012 – Toro Packaging
(General Cigar Press Release Photo)

For this cigar assessment we will break down the Cohiba Edición Diamante 2012 Robusto offering and see what this cigar experience delivers.  I will disclaim this assessment is based on a single cigar smoking experience.

Blend Profile

As mentioned, the blend for the Cohiba Edición Diamante 2012 is the same as last years. The highlight is the rare Cameroon wrapper from 1980.  The press release for the Cohiba Edición Diamante says about this wrapper: “Enrobed in a precious Cameroon wrapper tobacco from the 1980 crop, Cohiba Edición Diamante boasts one of the most extraordinary leaves ever cultivated. In the past three decades since this outstanding tobacco was harvested, these rarified leaves have been nurtured and masterfully handcrafted.”

Wrapper: 1980 Cameroon
Binder: Indonesian Jember
Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano (Proprietary)

Vitolas Available

As mentioned above, a robusto and toro are being offered for Cohiba Edición Diamante 2012:

Robusto: 5 x 50
Toro: 6 x 54

For the 2011 release, these were the six frontmarks made available:

Robusto: 5 x 49
Corona Especiale: 6 1/2 x 42
Lonsdale Grande: 6 1/4 x 47
Toro: 6 x 54
Churchill: 7 x 49
Gigante: 6 x 60

It is worth noting that the robusto size for 2011 is listed as 5 x 49 while the robusto size for 2012 is listed as 5 x 50.

Appearance

For the Cohiba Edición Diamante 2012 let’s first start with looking at the packaging.  As mentioned, the Cohiba Edición Diamante 2012 is packaged in individual coffin boxes.  The coffin boxes are wrapped in a silver foil-like paper.  There is a decal on the paper that has the “COHIBA” text and red-dot logo in the “O”.  Under that text, it says “Limited Release 2012” in black font.  It also says “Edición Diamante” in black scripted font.   Finally it says “Capa Reserva 1980”.

Cohiba Edición Diamante 2012 – wrapped coffin box

Once the foil is removed, the wooden coffin box is very simple.  It features the name “COHIBA” in a light gray font.  The coffin as a flip-top.  The cigar inside is encased in cellophane.

Cohiba Edición Diamante 2012 – Unrwapped Coffin box
Cohiba Edición Diamante 2012 Robusto
(Open Coffin box)

The cigar’s Cameroon wrapper has a medium brown color with an oily sheen.  The wrapper has a rich look to it.  The wrapper seams are well-hidden.  There are also some veins that are visible on the cigar.

There are two bands on the cigar.  The first band features a large maroon (*) colored stripe with thinner silver stripes across the top and bottom.  The COHIBA name/logo is in silver font (with the “O” filled in red) is on the maroon stripe.  On the top silver stripe is the text “CAPA RESERVA 1980” in small maroon font.  On the lower silver stripe is the text “EDICION DIAMONTE” in small maroon font.

There is a secondary band on the footer.  It has the same silver and maroon stripe pattern.  On the maroon striped is the text “CAPA RESERVA 1980” in silver font.  On the top stripe is the text “LIMITED RELEASE 2012” in maroon font.  On the lower stripe is the text “EDICION DIAMONTE” in maroon font.  On the back of both bands is the trademark Cohiba red dot.

* Note: Depending on lighting and one’s visual interpretation of the cigar band color, the maroon on this wrapper may seem to be more rose or purple colored.  I’ll leave this up to the individual.

Preparation for the Cigar Experience

After removing the actual Cohiba Edición Diamante 2012 cigar from its packaging, I was ready to put a cut into the cigar and begin the pre-light experience.  I went with my usual straight cut.  When I actually started the pre-light draw, I detected notes of leather and cedar as well as a sweetness that was a cross between cherry and citrus.  Overall, this was a very satisfying pre-light experience, so it was time to toast the foot and see what the smoke of the Cohiba Edición Diamante 2012 would deliver.

Flavor Profile

The start to the Cohiba Edición Diamante 2012 provided a combination of wood and pepper notes.  The wood notes transitioned quickly to a natural tobacco sweetness.  There was no dominant flavor early on.  I did at times pick up some salty notes, but they did not have much of an adverse effect on the overall flavor profile.

Later in the first third, the natural tobacco sweetness transitioned to that citrus/cherry sweetness that I detected on the pre-light draw.  At this point no flavor was still overwhelmingly dominant, but I gave a slight edge to the sweetness.  There was little doubt the aged cameroon wrapper was providing the sweetness

In the second third, the cigar got much smoother.  The pepper presence was still very much there, but it was not an overwhelming spice.  The citrus/cherry sweetness and pepper held on to the very end.  The end of the cigar remained smooth with no harshness.  The resulting nub was cool in temperature and firm to the touch – a perfect nub and a real finger burner.

Burn and Draw

For a collectible cigar, the Cohiba Edición Diamante 2012 performs well when it comes to the construction attributes of burn and draw.  The burn remained straight for the entire cigar experience.  I wouldn’t say it was razor sharp as it had a slight jagged look to it, but nothing that I would categorize as an uneven burn.  The ash produced was a nice tight white colored one.  The burn rate and burn temperature were ideal.

Burn of the Cohiba Edición Diamante 2012 Robusto

The draw was outstanding.  As much as this is a collectible cigar, it is an enjoyable one to puff on.

Strength and Body

From a strength perspective, the Cohiba Edición Diamante 2012 has a little more kick to it than you think.  The strength sneaks up on you as you progress through the smoking experience.  I assessed this to be a medium to full strength smoke from a nicotine perspective.  The flavors to the Cohiba Edición Diamante 2012 are robust and have nice depth to it.  I felt there was enough depth to qualify this as a full-bodied smoke.  I give a slight edge to the body over the strength when balancing those attributes.

Final Thoughts

Given this was a hard cigar to get in 2011, this particular blend flew way under the radar.  The two frontmarks being offered in 2012 make this cigar easier to get. While the Cohiba Edición Diamante 2012 doesn’t have a revolutionary or overly complex flavor profile, it still has a very good mix of flavors – and in the end delivered a solid cigar experience.  I probably would still steer this to an experienced cigar enthusiast unless a novice wants to cut their teeth on something with a little kick.  This is certainly a collectible cigar in my book, and one I want to definitely keep around and smoke again.

Summary

Burn: Excellent
Draw: Excellent
Complexity: Medium
Strength: Medium to Full
Body: Full
Finish: Excellent
Assessment: Nice to Have
Score: 91

Source: The cigar for this assessment was purchased from Iwan Ries in Chicago, Illinois.