The Cohiba cigar was developed by The General Cigar factory in the Dominican Republic. It is a remake of the famous Cuban cigar which Castro used
The Cohiba cigar was developed by The General Cigar factory in the Dominican Republic. It is a remake of the famous Cuban cigar which Castro used to give to visiting dignitaries during the 70’s. The Cohiba cigar, which was reformulated in the 1990s, is the only Cohiba cigar that can be purchased legally in the United States. The dark, rich wrapper leaf is grown in the sub-tropical West African climate of Cameroon. The supple and flavorful Jember binder is grown in Indonesia. To balance the richness of the wrapper, the smooth-smoking Piloto Cubano filler leaves are grown in the Dominican Republic. The result is a rich, flavorful and balanced smoke with creamy notes of smoked nuts in butterscotch. It was one of Christopher Columbus' Captains in a Spanish Schooner who spotted the first glimpse of land in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. We are not sure which trip of Christopher Columbus it was, or if it really happened some time later. But we do know that the native Indians were spotted while holding bunched tobacco leaves that were cured, lit with a flame, and smoking them with great pleasure. That is how the white man discovered cigars. The Indians called the bunched tobacco leaves "COHIBA" and that's how the biggest cigar trademark was coined.My research into the Cohiba mystery, lead me to discover that the the name “Cohiba” (which many consumers think that it is an old Cuban brand), is, In fact, is relatively very new. Before the 1960s nobody had heard of it. Behind the name Cohiba stands Fidel Castro. One day, sometime in 1967, as he crossed a corridor on his way to his office, he smelled a smoke he had never had before. It was awesome, and his expert nose realized immediately the tremendous potential of that cigar. When he followed the smoke he discovered the aficionado was one of his bodyguards, a fellow named Bienvenido Perez Salazar. Castro loved that cigar and he called for the man who was making it. The torcedor was Eduardo Rivera Irizarri, only 20 year old but already a cigar master of seven years. At the wake of that meeting Eduardo became the exclusive “house” cigar maker for Castro, or El Presidente, as they used to call him. A year later Irizarri was given his own mansion to run the presidential factory from. The place was called "El Laguito" and was previously the home of the Prince of Del Rio. At tis factory, under top secrecy, Eduardo taught 200 women how to make cigars. Out of the two hundred he hand picked the best 20 to make cigars for Castro’s exclusive use. Nobody except Castro got to enjoy the Cohiba, that is, until he started using it as a presidential gift to dignitaries, state visitors and selected Diplomats who came to meet with him. (Only the fact that Cohiba cigars were not commercially marketed allowed The General Cigar Corp., owner of the Cohiba trademark in the U.S.to register and make these cigars for distribution in the U.S. – but this is a different story).
The Cohiba Red Dot cigar becsame the benchmark for luxury premium-cigar. Enjoying a premium Cohiba Red Dot cigar is a ritual which starts when you select your Cohiba cigar of choice, clip it and then put the flame to its head, and it culminates when you blow your last puff of this great cigar.
You can choose one of the big Cohiba cigars like the Cohiba Churchill - Cohiba Red Dot Churchill - or the Cohiba Toro (Red Dot Toro) tube cigar, or a medium size like the Cohiba Robusto or the Cohiba Robusto Fino. Many cigar lovers prefer the Smaller Cohiba cigars like the Cohiba Red Dot Corona, the Cohiba Corona Minor. If you like your cigar in a crystal tube then your choice is the Cohiba Corona Crystal or, as it is officially called: Cohiba Crystal Corona.
If you're looking for Cohiba cigarillos you can choose from the Cohiba Minitures in tins of 10, and the Cohiba Pequenos in tins of 5.
We also offer many cigar samplers that include different Cohiba cigars from the Melia-Cohiba Sampler to the Absolute Cohiba sampler, scroll down to see below.