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Cohiba

Cuban Cohiba's origins trace back to the middle 1960s, when a bodyguard of Fidel Castro shared some of his private supply of cigars made by a local artisan named Eduardo Ribera. These cigars pleased Castro so much that a special production of the unbranded blend, produced under tight security, was made for Castro and other top government officials.

As Castro himself recalled the tale in 1994:

"I used to see the man smoking a very aromatic, very nice cigar, and I asked him what brand he was smoking. He told me that it was a special blend, but that it came from a friend who makes cigars and he gave them to him. I said, let's find this man. I tried the cigar, and I found it so good that we got in touch with him and asked him how he made it. Then we set up the house [the El Laguito factory], and he explained the blend of tobacco he used. He told which leaves he used from which tobacco plantations. He also told us about the wrappers he used and other things. We found a group of cigar makers. We gave them the material and that is how the factory was founded. Now Cohiba is known all over the world."

The production of special cigars for top officials under conditions of tight security was given extra impetus by fears of ongoing CIA assassination efforts against Fidel and Raul Castro and Che Guevara. The technical services department of the agency is now in fact known to have worked on the development of exploding cigars as a means of assassination from the early 1960s.

The Cuban Cohiba brand was formally launched in 1968 at the direction of Cubatabaco, the Cuban state tobacco marketing bureau. The head of Cubatabaco asked Avelino Lara, head of the El Laguito factory, to create a new super-premium blend which differed from all previously existing Cuban cigars. During the first few years of production only a few thousand boxes were produced annually, reserved for the use of high government officials and frequently given away as diplomatic gifts.

The Cuban Cohiba brand was launched as a premium cigar brand into markets outside of the US in 1982 in conjunction with the 1982 World Cup held in Spain. At the time of its first public launch, the Cohiba marque consisted of just three vitolas (sizes): the Panetela, the Corona Especial, and the Lancero. In 1989 three more vitolas were added: the Robusto, the Exquisito, and the Espléndido. These first six are now collectively known as the company's Línea Clásica (classic line).

In 1992 Habanos SA launched the first sizes in what it calls the Línea 1492, commemorating Christopher Columbus and his voyage to the Americas, with each size named for a century since Columbus' discovery. The initial launch included the Siglo I, Siglo II, Siglo III, Siglo IV, and Siglo V, with a Siglo VI added in 2002.

Besides regular production, Habanos SA regularly releases limited release Cohíba cigars for such events as the annual Habanos Festival, brand anniversaries, and their annual Edición Limitada (limited edition) release of special sizes of their various cigar brands wrapped in a darker vintage leaf. In 2007, Habanos released a new line of maduro-wrapped Cohibas, called "Maduro 5," in three sizes.

The Cuban Cohiba brand also carries two machine-made extensions cigarillos: the Mini and the Club.

Habanos SA have used their Cohiba brand name for non-cigar products, manufacturing Cohiba cigarettes since 1987 and Extra Cohiba Cognac since 1999.

In 1992 approximately 3.4 million cigars were produced in Cuba bearing the Cohiba label, out of a total Cuban cigar export production of approximately 60 million pieces.

  • Cohiba Esplendidos Cohiba Esplendidos

    Esplendidos

    Following a rise in popularity, the Esplendidos suffered in quality at the beginning of the 2000's due to over production. This has now been rectified and the Esplendidos has regained its position at the top of the Cuban leader board. This Churchill...

    R17,957.00
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  • Habanos Selection Petit Robusto Habanos Selection Petit Robusto

    Habanos Selection Petit Robusto

    This Sampler Pack contains 10 petit robusto cigars Two (2) cigars of each of the following: – Cohiba Petit Robusto– Romeo y Julieta Petit Robusto– H.Upmann Petit Robusto– Partagas Petit Robusto– Montecristo Petit Robusto

    R3,727.00
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  • Cohiba Lanceros Cohiba Lanceros

    Lanceros

    The prince of its format is Not in vain, before the Cohiba brand was marketed, this was the emblematic Habano which the Goverment of Republic of Cuba used as an official state present for its guests. Another version of the same, the Trinidad, now...

    R446.00 - R11,145.00
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  • Cohiba Genios Cohiba Genios - Box of 25

    Maduro Genios

    The Maduro 5 Line (maduro wrapper leaves, tobacco aged for 5 years before being rolled) is the darker side of Cohiba. The Genios is the biggest and boldest of these cigars. A more intense and rich blend than that of the Linea Classica and 1492 Linea, the...

    R644.00 - R15,780.94
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  • Cohiba Magicos - Box of 25 Cohiba Magicos - Box of 10

    Maduro Magicos

    Like its Maduro 5 brothers, the Magicos has a wrapper that has been aged for five years and it is mouth watering to look at! With the Magicos I think we are looking at a stick that shows signs of great potential and with ageing I think this Cohiba will...

    R562.00 - R5,560.83
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  • Cohiba Panetelas Cohiba Panetelas

    Panetelas

    A small cigar, created in line with the rest of the original Cohiba Linea Classica. Intensely rich in bean flavor, but packaged with a light tobacco aroma giving the impression of a mild fresh smoke. The cigar will need to heat up to get smooth draw,...

    R196.00 - R4,897.00
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  • Robustos - Reserva Cosecha 2014 Robustos - Reserva Cosecha 2014

    Robustos - Reserva Cosecha 2014

    The Cohiba Robusta Reserva Cosecha 2014 Cigar, is an extremely limited edition cigar from one of the most prestigious tobacco brands in the world – Cohiba. Production was exclusive as there are only 5,000 numbered...

    R68,000.00
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  • Cohiba Siglo V - Box of 25 Cohiba Siglo V - Box of 15 (5x3) Aluminium Tubes

    Siglo V

    The Siglo V is a sophisticated cigar on many levels. Firstly, the cigars aromas are light, non-dynamic flavours that are floral in guise, and hard to identify.  This is a pure Lonsdale with outstanding construction and a tender, tactile look. A...

    R525.00 - R12,603.33
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  • Aj Fernandez Ballpoint pen (Enclave) Hoyo de Monterrey Fountain pen

    Various Cigar Pens

    A great gift for a cigar smoker or even for yourself!  All pens are hand made locally with real wood and acrylic to give colour.  Some pens are ballpoint pens and others are fountain pens. 

    R2,000.00 - R2,500.00
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