Year of foundation: 1966
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo (Pinar del Rio)
Factory: El Laguito
A new brand that was created in 1966 but finally introduced in 1969.
After the introduction of the brand it quickly became the most important in the Cuban cigar industry.
It was initially developed as a medium bodied protocol cigar that was handed out as diplomatic gifts by Cuban state officials.
In 1982 Cohiba became commercially available, only in the vitolas Lanceros, Coronas Especiales and Panatelas.
The Esplendidos, Robustos and Exquisitos were added in 1989.
In 1992, celebrating Columbus his discovery of the Caribbean 500 years ago, the Siglo range was introduced.
In 2005 the Maduro 5 series came, which is the only maduro series from the island, and in 2010 the new Behike series.
Originally, Cohiba was manufactured only in the famous El Laguito factory .
Nowadays it is also produced in the Fernando Perez German (Partagas) factory.
Cohiba remains “King of Cubans”. Only the finest tobacco leaves are used to create the various types of Cohiba cigars.
Cohiba is a current post-Revolution brand, established in 1966.
It is classified by Habanos SA as their Global flagship brand, and has a major market share.
The tobacco is the best available from the premium Vuelta Abajo region. The Seco & Ligro filler leaf is given an exclusive third fermentation.
The Classic & Behike range comprise medium to full strength cigars and the Siglo & Maduro range comprise medium strength cigars.
Special releases commenced in 1996 with the release of the 30 Aniversario Humidor & Jar.
Since then there have been numerous special releases.
In 1963 Cohiba started out as a Fuma (a cigar rolled by a torcedor for his own use) that was offered to Fidel Castro. It immediately became Fidel’s favourite.
In 1964, a small factory was set up to make these cigars. Production was later moved to the present El Laguito Factory.
This original cigar was an unnamed Laguito No.1, and in 1967, two addition sizes were added....a Laguito No.2 and a Laguito No.3.
The cigar brand remained unnamed until 1966, when it was officially named Cohiba.
In 1969 the three cigars were given commercial names and the packaging and band designs finalised (see frontpage).