Cohiba refers to two different companies. The first is a company formed in Cuba after the Cuban revolution, when the communists seized control and began to slowly start their takeover of the cigar facilities of the country. This Cohiba did not sell cigars for the longest time, but rather made them solely for members of the Communist party (like Fidel Castro, who was rumored to be a fan), and for the government to give as presents to friendly dignitaries (the KGB and the Communist party of the USSR were frequent recipients of such gifts). You can only get these cigars by having them shipped direct to you or by going to Cuba yourself.
The Cohiba cigars that are being sold here are from the Dominican Republic, but they are in many ways superior. To begin with, they are made in a country you can actually ship from. Secondly, while under the embargo, it seems like Cuba’s cigar skills have stagnated; they’ve made no tremendous improvement in years. In fact, in the 80s and 90s, most Cuban cigar brands had immense problems with quality control, to the point where it was assumed that almost half the cigars you bought would be almost impossible to enjoy for one reason or another. Cohiba in the Dominican Republic experimented, and this is one of the results.
The Cohiba Black are basically a Maduro variant of the standard Cohiba cigar lines, the Naturals. They’re wrapped in a darker Maduro wrapper, filled with great tobaccos from Mexico and the Dominican Republic, and a medium-full bodied cigar that you will love if you enjoy oily wrappers and flavorful smokes. With its dark and earthy tones, it’s a great cigar for anyone looking to spread out a bit in the cigars they smoke.