When the communists took control of Cuba, they didn’t bring much invention with them. The old cigar companies were doomed to one of two fates; they were either nationalized, and taken over by the appointees of the Communist party, or they were destroyed, and no longer allowed to operate. The cigar masters were generally either killed or forced to flee the country, and because of this, their ability to make new cigar brands or vitolas somewhat stalled.
Cohiba in Cuba has a strange story, then. They started when a bodyguard brought Castro some unbranded cigars that he just loved. He quickly gave the individual who made them control of land and some labor, so that he could have more. Cohiba cigars in Cuba weren’t even available to the public until the early 80s.
The Cohibas that you can get your hands on are not the Cohiba of Cuba, but they are an amazing facsimile. They are cigars that are made in the Americas, still, and they are delicious. To begin with, they take a Cameroon wrapper, into which they place the best tobacco from Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua. This leads to a cigar that is sweet and a bit spicy, and one that you will find enjoyable and will be happy to smoke again and again, so a box of ten of the silver tubos will not go amiss.