Cuba’s history with cigars is an interesting one. They were one of the bigger Cuban exports, up there with bananas and sugar, and they were the kind of thing that were helping to make Cuba known around the world. There were dozens of great cigar brands being made in Cuba, too, before the communist revolution, and the truth is that many of those brands, had there not been said communist revolution, would probably be operating still now. But this was not to be.
When Castro took control, they kept about a dozen or so of the bigger, more established and well-known cigar brands, and the rest were done away with. The dozen were nationalized under government control. Cohiba stands apart in that it is the only really successful cigar company that began after the revolution, and it was so successful that it was reformed outside of Cuba so that someone could use that brand name in the American market.
So, is tjue Cohiba Blue a worthwhile cigar? It is, in a word, delicious. It is their ‘value’ priced cigar, the one that is least expensive, but that doesn’t mean that they made the product cheap or with lower-quality tobaccos. The wrapper is an Olancha San Augustin wrapper, one that imparts plenty of flavor to the cigar. The tobacco comes from the finest premium tobacco that can be found in Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras. This combines to make a cigar that is medium-bodied and that has a sweetness to it, along with flavors of leather, cocoa, and a bit of earth. Truly a great cigar, and one that lives up to the Cohiba name.