Cohiba Cigars - Cuban
The Cohiba Cuban Cigar brand is probably Cuba's most famous brand and is also one of the youngest Cuban cigar brands that was created in 1966. It is revered by many to be the best cigar brand in the world and carries a high price tag to match its quality.
This internationally renowned Cuban cigar brand was once only manufactured for the Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and his other high-ranking officials. In fact, the only way to acquire a Cohiba was as a gift from Fidel Castro, which was sometimes given out as diplomatic gifts to foreign leaders.
Finally in 1982, Castro decided to allow his personal Cohiba cigars to be sold to the public, ending the long wait for these premium cigars to be released to the public. The cigars were instantly popular and the brand has been among the top-selling Cuban cigar brands ever since.
The word "Cohiba" is an ancient Taino Indian word for the bunches of tobacco leaves that Columbus first saw being smoked by the original inhabitants of Hispaniola, which is the earliest known form of the cigar.
Cohiba is known to use the finest cigar tobacco available in Cuba. The tobacco for Cohiba is selected from the finest tobacco plants in the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba and the brand's distinctive flavor comes from its unique triple fermentation process.
The Line of Cohiba Cigars include:
Cohiba Linea Clasica
When Cohiba first launched the brand consisted of three vitolas or sizes: the Panetela, the Corona Especial, and the Lancero. Then in 1989 three more vitolas, the Robusto, the Exquisito, and the Esplendido, were added. These six cigars are referred to as the Linea Clasica (classic line).
Below is a list of cigars in the Linea Clasica series.Panetelas Size: 4-1/2" (114 mm) X 26
Robusto Size: 4-7/8" (124 mm) X 50
Exquisito Size: 5" (127 mm) X 36
Corona Especial Size: 6" (152 mm) X 38
Esplendido Size: 7" (178 mm) X 47
Lancero Size: 7-3/5" (192 mm) X 38
Cohiba Linea 1492
To mark the 500th anniversary of Christopher Colombus' discovery of Cuba, the Linea 1492 series was launched. The initial launch included five cigars the Siglo I, Siglo II, Siglo III, Siglo IV, and Siglo V, with a Siglo VI added in 2002. (Siglo means "century")
The cigars in this series are medium in strength and considered to be slightly milder than the rest of the cigars in the Cohiba brand. Below is a list of cigars in the Cohiba Linea 1492 series.Siglo I Size: 4" (102 mm) X 26
Siglo II Size: 5" (127 mm) X 42
Siglo III Size: 6-1/8" (156 mm) X 42
Siglo IV Size: 5-5/8" (143 mm) X 44
Siglo V Size: 6-3/4" (171 mm) X 52
Siglo VI Size: 5-7/8" (150 mm) X 52
Cohiba Maduro 5 Series
In 2007, Habanos released a new line of maduro-wrapped Cohibas, called the Maduro 5 Series. The Maduro 5 Series of cigars consists of three short sized cigars: Secretos, Magicos, & Genios. The "5" in the Maduro 5 Series denotes that wrapper leaf on these cigars have been through a five year aging process.
Below is a list of cigars in the Maduro 5 Series.
Secretos Size: 4-1/3" (110 mm) X 40
Magicos Size: 4-1/2" (115 mm) X 52
Genios Size: 5-1/2" (140 mm) X 52
The Cohiba Behike cigar series was released in 2010. Cohiba Behike cigars come in three sizes that have never existed before as Habanos formats: Cohiba Behike 52, Cohiba Behike 54, and the Cohiba Behike 56. These exclusive cigar are released in limited quantities each year and are rolled at the El Laguito factory in Cuba...read more.
Below is a list of cigars in the Behike Series.BHK 52 Size: 4-3/5" (119 mm) X 52
BHK 54 Size: 5-3/5" (145 mm) X 54
BHK 56 Size: 6-1/2" (165 mm) X 56
History of Cohiba Cigars
Cohiba cigars has its colorful historical roots deep in the heart of Communist Cuba. One day Fidel Castro noticed that one of his bodyguards was a smoking a very fragrant cigar. Intrigued, Castro asked him where he got the cigars from. The bodyguard replied that the cigars were gifts from a friend named Eduardo Rivera, who rolled these cigars.
Fidel Castro then recruited Eduardo Rivera to roll these cigar for his personal use and even gave him a former diplomatic mansion as a factory to work in. It was not long before the business took off and more factories were set up.
Castro was highly secretive on the production of his personal cigars. Security at the factories producing Cohiba cigars were notoriously tight. This was partly due to fears of assassination from the CIA as well as Castro's own desire for a special cigar that was only reserved for him.
Finally in 1982, Castro decided to allow his personal Cohiba cigars to be sold to the public, ending the long wait for these premium cigars to be released to the public. The cigars were instantly popular and Cohiba cigars have been selling their top-quality, unique cigars to the public ever since.
When first launched the Cohiba name consisted of three vitolas or sizes: the Panetela, the Corona Especial, and the Lancero. In 1989, three more sizes were added: the Robusto, the Exquisito, and the Esplendido. These six cigars are referred to as the Linea Clasica (classic line).
In 1992 Habanos SA launched the Linea 1492 series, commemorating Christopher Columbus and his voyage to the Americas, with each size named for a century since Columbus' discovery. The initial launch included the Siglo I, Siglo II, Siglo III, Siglo IV, and Siglo V, with a Siglo VI added in 2002.
In 2007, Habanos released a new line of maduro-wrapped Cohibas in three sizes, called Cohiba Maduro 5 and then a few years later they again released another new line of cigars called Cohiba Behike that was released in 2010.
Besides regular production, Habanos SA regularly releases their annual Cohiba Edicion Limitada (limited edition) release of special sizes. These include: the Double Corona, Sublime, and Piramide. They also have Special Releases which are the Millennium Reserve Piramide and the Double Robusto Behike.
Cohiba trademark legal battle
There is also a non-Cuban cigar brand also called Cohiba that is manufactured in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Cohiba brand, also known as Red Dot Cohiba, was registered in the United States by US-based General Cigar Company in 1978, which was made due to the trade embargo that the United States has with Cuba and this is the only legal "Cohiba" that can be sold in the United States.
This has created a long standing legal battle over the last decade with Cubatobaco and General Cigar Company over the Cohiba brand name. Weather or not the Dominican Cohiba is using the Cohiba brand name to make consumers think they are smoking the more famous Cuban Cohiba cigar brand is up for debate. However, the Dominican Cohibia is easily recognized with a red dot in the "o" of Cohiba and with the band saying Dominican Republica making the two brands with the same name easy to decipher.
As of 2010, a US federal court ruled in favor of General Cigar Company stating that they are the owner of the "Cohiba" trademark in the U.S. and able to market their Dominican Cohiba cigars for the United States market as long as they state that their cigars are not anyway affiliated with the Cuban Cohiba cigars. But, this could change again with Cubatabaco looking to attempt further legal efforts.
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