Cohiba Behike

Cohiba Behike

Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit RobustoCohiba
Size : 119 (4.7'') x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Hand-Made
Price : $40+ each
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On my last visit to the local shop, I just couldn't resist. I must admit that if I didn't have a cigar blog, I would have probably passed on it. Spending over $40 on a single cigar is not among my habits. However, this is a Cohiba, this is a Behike (it used to be the most expensive cigar in the world a few years ago!) and I have a way to tell thousands of cigar aficionados how it smokes - and this makes it worth the price.

Cohiba Behike was (re)released in 2010 during the XII Festival del Habano. The term Behike was first found in a travel note written somewhere in the 16th century and it designated a tribal chief. The characteristic feature of this cigar is the use of "medio tiempo" leaves in the blend. These rare upper leaves which are supposed to receive more sun light are expected to add a distinct taste to the cigar. According to Habanos, this is the reason why Behikes will be produced in very limited quantities every year.

Presented in black lacquered boxes of 10, three vitolas are available: Cohiba Behike 52 (Petit Robusto, 4.7 x 52), Cohiba Behike 54 (Robusto Extra, 5.7 x 54) and the giant jaw-breaker Cohiba Behike 56 (Double Robusto, 6.5 x 56). Today, I will be tasting the Cohiba Behike 52.

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Juan Lopez Short Torpedo (RE Caribbean)

Juan Lopez Short Torpedo (RE Caribbean)

Juan LopezOrigin : Cuba
Format : Short Torpedo
Size : 127 x 20 mm (5 x 50)
Ring : 50
Release : 2008
Hand-Made
Price : ~$385 for a box of 25
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Many thanks to Damien from DutyFreeCubanCigars.com for sending me these rare cigars. Check out his shop for a nice selection of Cuban and non-Cuban cigars.

Another addition to our collection of Cuban cigars that you can't really find reviewed online (unless you're a better Googler than me, of course), Juan Lopez Short Torpedo was released in 2008 for the Caribbean market and, so far, this is the only regional edition for that zone. A 5 x 50 short torpedo, this is definitely not the first cigar of this size that was recently released; it's a whole trend (ErdM Petit Compania, Bolivar Petit Belicoso among others) and, to be honest, I am not against it since I rather like this size. We will let the purists smoke churchills and lanceros and see what this baby has to offer.

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Romeo y Julieta Cazadores (1998)

Romeo y Julieta Cazadores (1998)

Romeo y JulietaOrigin : Cuba
Format : Corona Grande
Size : 6.375 x 43 (162 x 17.46 mm)
Year : 1998
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7-10 each
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Summer has never been complete for me without the presence of a glowing campfire. Maybe that explains my affinity to cigars as well but I digress. Recently, the wife, in-laws and I decided to have the 2010 summer initiation of their fire pit. After getting it cleaned, lit and stabilized I found myself fully relaxed, tranquilly looking out across a golden field behind their home. Deciding that it was the perfect setting for a special cigar I opened my humidor and set eyes upon a gift from a fellow BOTL and my next adventure; a 1998 Romeo y Julieta Cazadores.

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San Cristobal Oficios from 5 Aniversario Humidor

San Cristobal Oficios from 5 Aniversario Humidor

Many thanks to Damien from DutyFreeCubanCigars.com for sending me these rare cigars. Check out his shop for a nice selection of Cuban and non-Cuban cigars.

This version of the San Cristobal Oficios (click here for the review of the regular one) comes from a limited edition humidor, released in 2004 to celebrate the fifth birthday of the brand. In fact, this was the first appearance of the Oficios vitola. Consequently, it is quite an aged cigar, with approximately 6 years of humidor time. Let’s see how this 5.3 x 43 corona smokes!

With its pale brown wrapper and several visible veins, this cigar looks very much like the Oficios I smoked half a year ago. Moderately firm to the touch, it has an easy pre-draw with surprising notes of peppermint. In the beginning, it is medium-bodied, dominated by wood / cedar flavors. The burn is simply excellent – slow and regular – resulting in a beautiful ash holding for over 2 inches. As I tap this first ash off, the flavors have slightly changed – a bit of leather is added to the bouquet and there is definitely some moderate spice in the back of the throat. Surprisingly, I have a sudden construction issue – first of all, the ash, not even 1 inch long, falls into my lap and then, when I’m done cleaning my short, the cigar goes out. Cursing quietly, I relight it just to find a very flavorful last third (I purged the cigar after re-lighting it), characterized by thick smoke with deep, complex flavors that, besides those that were mentioned before, include sweet coffee with milk and sweet chocolate.

Overall, a very interesting cigar, however, I am not sure that it is any better than the regular one. If you have a chance try it out - otherwise I wouldn't go out of my way to specifically hunt it.

Montecristo Petit Tubo

Montecristo Petit Tubo

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Format : Mareva
Size : 5 x 42
Box code : BUE NOV 07
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8-10 each
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This cigar is basically just a tubed Montecristo No. 4, which is the best selling Cuban cigar in the world. However, some say that the Petit Tubo is generally of higher quality. This cigar is from a box of 10 that I got about 2 years ago.

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Cohiba Robusto Reserva (2003)

5th Anniversary Review Cohiba Robusto Reserva (2003)

Origin : Cuba
Format : RobustoCohiba
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm
Box code : 2003
Weight : 11.66 g
Hand-Made
Price : $50+?
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In 2003, Habanos SA released a special edition box of Cohiba cigars. It was the Cohiba Selección Reserva and it contained 30 cigars in an assortment of sizes including six robusto sized cigars. My sample was very generously given to me by Brother of the Leaf who happened to own a bar in Denmark. I had always hoped to make it over there and check out his bar and smoke a cigar with him but as it happens we have lost touch and I am not sure where he is anymore. I have been saving this very special cigar for a special occasion and I am happy to be finally putting it to flame in celebration of 5 years of blogging about my passion for fine hand made cigars.

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H. Upmann Magnum 46

H. Upmann Magnum 46

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5.625 x 46
Weight : 11.41 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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Who has not heard of Cuban cigars? Long touted as producing the pinnacle in quality cigars, that small island has made quite a name for itself. Determined to see if they could live up to the hype, I set out on trying one of the most consistently enjoyed sticks available, the H. Upmann Magnum 46.

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Punch Small Club (France Regional Edition)

Punch Small Club (France Regional Edition)

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 102 x 20 mm (4 x 50)
Ring : 50
Release : 2009
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12 each
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As a complete marketing victim, I just can't refrain myself from buying a Cuban cigar with a second band, regardless of its color. This time it was a red one. Whereas some of the regional editions I tried were rather disappointing because of the lack of personality, others turned out to be outstanding. Bottom line - I don't mind trying my luck with REs. This is why I bought a couple of Punch Small Club when I was in Paris in April.

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