Cohiba is the flagship brand of Habanos. It was created in 1966 for Fidel Castro himself and also as diplomatic gifts for foreign heads of state. It was not until 1982 that Fidel decided to release the brand to the market, and he did so during the World Cup that was held in Spain. The leaves useed for Cohiba cigars are the first choice of leaves available from the finest tobacco plantations of the Vuelta Abajo region. Uniqually, the seco and ligero leaves receive a third fermentation in barrels which contributes to the smoothness of the brand and seperates them from the rest of the Havana Cigars.
There are four distinct lines within the brand; the Linea Clasica, the Linea 1492 - which was made to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus's epic journey, the Maduro5 so called because the tobacco leaf used to roll the cigars has been aged for at least 5 years, and the recent Behike Line. The blend of the Behike cigars is the first one to incorporate the Medio Tiempo, the upper priming of the tobacco plant, which gives its distinctive flavour and strength . Cohiba is a Medium to Full Flavour brand, with the original clasica range being slightly more full bodied. Their sweet and spicy flavours, along with the thick and creamy texture, are the trademark of the brand.