Cohiba is a strange brand in Cuba. It is actually the first brand that Cuba produced after the revolution, when the Communists took control and actually destroyed many of the smaller and lesser known brands that had sprung up in Cuba. Cohiba, began when a bodyguard of Castro’s brought him some cigars that he truly enjoyed, cigars with no band or branding of any kind. He gave the guy who made them a facility to work from and some labor to help make the cigars, and Cohiba was born, though the Cuban Cohiba company wouldn’t be on sale to the public until the early 80s, almost twenty years after they were formed.
So, is Cohiba a brand that is worthwhile when they are made outside of Cuba? Indeed, they are. Although they may not have the same impressive land or tobacco as the Cubans do, that doesn’t mean that, for a minute, their tobacco is any the lesser, nor their cigars any less delicious. Their cigars begin with a West African Cameroon wrapper, into which they place the best tobacco that Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic can provide. This leads to a cigar that is somewhat sweet, medium in flavor, and with a hint of spice.
If you’re looking for a good approximation of a Cuban cigar, you will find that the Cohiba naturals are a good one, and you are a lot more likely to be able to get your hands on them than you are to find a Cuban Cohiba cigar at your local humidor or your favorite online cigar shop.