Cohiba Cuban Cigars, Amazing Things You Never Knew About the Most Popular Cuban Cigars.
Cohiba cigars have grown over the years. Before it became a status symbol and attained global fame, it was a brand reserved only for one man: Fidel Castro. Now, when luxury brands are being recounted, such as Lamborghinis and Ferraris, one cannot simply leave out the Cohiba. The famed cigar does not just complete the list; it meets up with expectations.
The Cohibas are usually easily identified during the blind tastings at Cigar Aficionado to show how popular the cigar is. It has also been rewarded for its excellence, as the Cohiba product, the Cohiba Behike BHK 52, clinched the Cigar of the Year back in 2010. The Cohiba could pass for a Cuban trademark since it has become synonymous with the Latin American nation.
For you to see, let alone hold a Cohiba would be a rare privilege, as the pricey stages are not easy to come by. However, today, you can get this gem at a high cost in some unique places. Want to know some amazing things about this luxurious cigar? Keep reading to find out.
The word ‘Cohiba ‘ denotes tobacco.
The melodious word could be mistaken for Spanish but is Taino for tobacco. Taino is the language spoken by The Arawak people, the original natives of Cuba before Spain colonized it.
It is not as old as other brands.
Made in 1966 for Cuban ruler Fidel Castro, the Cohiba has a different timeline than other Cuban cigar brands, as it was not created before the Cuban revolution. It is relatively new when you compare it to other brands, as most of them were made in the Old Havana time. All most all Cuban cigar brands have one thing in common: private individuals first owned them before being commercialized.
The Cohiba was never planned.
You might think that someone or a group of people sat down to formulate the Cohiba, but history tells a different tale. It is said that Castro, acting on impulse, took a smoke from his bodyguard cigar and immediately loved it. He began to demand it more often than he did for others, and soon, it became his favorite.
Cohibas were not easily accessible.
Years back, no matter the amount of money you were willing to offer, you could not get your hands on an original Cohiba. These cigars were solely given out as gifts to Castro’s people who should partake of his cigar beauty, from world leaders to important personalities. It was only available as a 7.5-inch cigar with a 38 ring gauge.
You could now get yourself one.
Previously unavailable to the public, the Cohiba was now commercialized in 1982 and was packed into three different sizes, but could only be gotten from one country in the world: Spain. The three sizes were known as Laguitos: Laguito No.1 being a Lancero Corona Especial being the name for Laguito No.2, and Panetela being Laguito No. 3. Larger cigars weren’t readily available until 1989 when Cohiba entered the international market. This new range of cigars comprised of the diminutive Exquisito, the Robusto, and the Churchill-sized Esplendido.
It appears in four different lines.
Linea Classica, the Maduro Line, Bikes, and the Siglo series, are the four existing lines of the famous cigar brands. While The Linea Classica is mainline, the award-winning Behikes are the most costly of the four, deemed the best of the best.
The Siglo series was made to replace Davidoff.
The Cohiba Siglo series was created in 1992 to replace the Davidoff brand when it relocated to the Dominican Republic. The Linea 1942, as it is also called, came in previous Davidoff sizes.
Its main factory is in El Laguito.
A huge, yellow edifice located on Miramar, called El Laguito, houses the famous Cohiba cigars. Alberto Casimiro Fowler originally built the beautiful house, before its conversion into the factory it is today, although there are other factories.
Cohiba plantations are a well-kept secret.
The tobacco used to make Cohibas are, of course, very high grade, so only a few plantations can meet up with the quality. Although a lot of people would like to gloat that they produce tobacco for Cohiba, the truth is that the exact farms that produce the tobacco are not public knowledge, with only Habanos and its employees knowing the exact answers to which Pinar del Río farms supply them.
The name ‘Cohiba’ is involved in a legal battle.
In the 80s, when a company General Cigar, began the sale of Dominican Cohibas to members of the American public, a dispute on the ownership of the name Cohiba started. Since then, there have all kinds of legal drama, from hearings to appeals and lawsuit after lawsuit concerning the name for many years now. The lawsuit, dubbed Empresa Cubana del Tabaco v. Culbro Corp, proves to be a hard nut to crack in the court of law as there is no agreement as to whether the trademark name should apply to a country under a US embargo.
It is the singular commercial Cuban cigar with a 60 ring gauge.
The Cohiba holds the record for being the only commercial cigar to come in a 60 ring gauge. These rare cigars was launched during the brand’s 50th-anniversary celebration. It did not come alone but was placed in an exquisite humidor, which contained 50 cigars of the special anniversary, each being 7 inches long, with the rare 60 ring gauge. The humidor did not come cheap as it sold for a price that ran into a hundred thousand dollars. Robusto Supremo, another rare Cohiba line launched in 2014, almost broke the record, with a 58 ring gauge.
It is the most expensive cigar brand in Cuba.
The Cohibas are the most highly-priced brand in Cuba and one of the most expensive in the world. In Canada, they sell for about 70 Canadian dollars or 52 American dollars. If you think that is pricey, the rare Behike line retails for $100.