You may not know much about Indonesia, but if you look at it on a map, your mind may be blown. The country encompasses over 17,000 islands in the South Pacific. Some are little, some are big, but all are part of a single nation, officially. We also were surprised to learn that it’s the fourth most populous country in the world! China and India each have a billion people, the U.S. is after that with a few hundred million, and then comes Indonesia.
Macassar is a major city on Sulawesi, one of the larger islands of Indonesia. There, a gorgeous dense ebony wood grows – sensibly, this wood is known as “Macassar ebony.” It’s used in high end cabinets, pool cues, and now, cigar boxes. Your Cohiba Macassar cigars, if you want, can come nestled in a handsome ebony box that no doubt will become a fixture in your cigar lounge or office. There’s also no rule that says you can’t refill it with other smokes if you enjoy the look of it enough.
This is a box that’s built to earn a place in fancy rooms everywhere.
Oh yeah, there’s cigars in it, too!
The Cohiba Macassar cigar itself features a Connecticut Habano wrapper on the outside, which conceals a potent Connecticut Broadleaf binder inside. The bunched up filler blend then includes tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Nicaragua. This long-filler leaf has been significantly aged to develop flavor, with about four years of patience required to produce the tobacco used in the cigar. This period also includes a final year spent absorbing the aromas found inside Dominican rum barrels. The result is a medium-bodied smoke with intriguing aromas and a complex flavor profile of cinnamon, wood, wheat, and fruity mango sweetness.
It’s a fine product and a welcome addition to the Dominican Cohiba portfolio produced by General Cigar Company.