Cohiba is the flagship brand of Habanos.
It was created in 1966 for President Fidel Castro himself and was
made at the then top secret but now world famous El Laguito factory. At
first, it was only seen outside Cuba as gifts for heads of state and
Since 1982 Cohiba has been available in limited quantities to the open market.
The name is an ancient Taino Indian word for the bunches of tobacco
leaves that Columbus first saw being smoked by the original inhabitants
of Cuba - the earliest known form of the cigar.
The leaves for Cohiba are the "selection of the selection" from the
five finest Vegas Finas de Primera in the San Juan y Martinez and San
Luis zones of the Vuelta Abajo region.
Uniquely amongst Habanos two of Cohiba's filler leaves, the seco and
ligero, undergo a third fermentation in barrels, which adds smoothness
to the blend.
There are two distinct Lineas (Lines) of Cohiba: the medium to full
flavoured Linea Clasica introduced between 1966 and 1989; and the medium
flavoured Linea 1492 brought out in 1992 to mark the 500th Anniversary
of Columbus's epic voyage of discovery. Ten years later in 2002, a new
size, the Siglo VI, was added to the Linea 1492.