Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 119 (4.7'') x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Smoking time : 1h 15min
Pairing : Cuba Libre
Bought in June 2013
Boxcode : BTO OCT 12
Price : 27 EUR each
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Today we've got a guest review from our reader Juha Murto. Enjoy!
Well, this is my first review ever on the internet. So I decided to smoke something special. I managed to get my hands on these beautiful Behikes and I’d been planning to smoke one per year so that I can see how they age over time. Let's see if this little robusto is worth the hype.
It looks absolutely amazing. Loving that triple pigtail cap and light brown wrapper color. BHK52 feels a bit dry on the hand. The texture reminds me of paper bags. I like to keep my cigars between 6065 on the humidity scale. No visible veins.
The foot has a very pleasing sweet tobacco aroma with hints of hay and cedar. Overall impression is drop-dead gorgeous.
The first draw on the BHK52 was a little snug. The cigar was firm and had no soft spots. I thought maybe it was overfilled or something. I used a straight cut when I took off the cap. After the first third, however, it opened up to a perfect draw. It was slightly resistant and produced tons of cool thick smoke. Ash was light grey and lasted for more than a inch at a time, and then felt off in big even chunks. Burn was almost perfect through the whole cigar, a little wonky especially at second third, but otherwise never needed any attention or relighting.
From the beginning, that thick (almost foggy) smoke was flavored with grass and hay, signature flavors for Cohiba in my opinion. It left a slight espresso and leather taste on the back of my throat. These flavors continued until the final third. During the last third it started to get interesting. The hay and grass were almost gone, replaced by cocoa flavors featuring burnt espresso. I also observed some ammonia and bitterness towards the end. I have to remind myself that this was a young cigar. This is going to be great cigar for years to come as age helps the flavors to deepen and evolve. No doubt about that.
Let's face it. This is an expensive cigar, not your everyday smoke. In Europe retailers sell it 27euros per pop. If you have the change to get these, I say buy a box and hide them for 5 to 8 years. If you have the patience to do that, you'll be rewarded.
Overall Rating :
Cohiba Behike BHK 52 is a great cigar and it deserves all the glory which has been given to it. Moreover, it has great potential for aging. Cohiba definitely isn't my favorite brand. I'm more of a Partagas guy. Other Cohibas I've tried have not impressed me, but this BHK52 changed my opinion. It certainly made my Saturday afternoon.