Cohiba cigars are an interesting brand that came out of Cuba. They’re interesting in that their story is so different from many of the Cuban blends of cigars that are coming out, or have been coming out, in Cuba.
You see, after the Cuban revolution, Castro basically did one of three things to the owners of cigar facilities. They were either thrown out of the country unceremoniously, they were killed, or they were forced to yield and work for Castro, as their cigar production facilities were nationalized for the greater glory and profit of the Cuban government under Castro. That’s a story that is so common, it is the basis for the majority of the brands currently made in Cuba.
On the other hand, Cohiba was begun when a Cuban bodyguard to Castro brought his boss, El Presidente himself, a couple of cigars that had been made by a man operating in a boutique. These cigars became popular, so someone outside of Cuba formed a Cohiba brand, and began making cigars that mimicked those made in Cuba.
Cohiba Blue cigars are something that are both affordable (for a Cohiba) and that are made with delicious tobaccos. You begin with an Olancha San Augustin wrapper, into which is placed filler from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, and finally you use a bit of tobacco from Honduras for flavor. This leaves you with a cigar that is delicious, sweet, earthy, and has notes of leather and cream, a cigar that won’t put a huge dent in your wallet but that you will enjoy.