Cohiba is the flagship brand of Habanos.
It was created in 1966 for President Fidel Castro Himself and was made at the then top secret, now world famous El Laquito factory. At first, it was only seen outside of Cuba as gifts for heads of state and visiting diplomats.
Since 1982 Cohiba has been available in limited quantities to the open market.
The name is an ancient Taino Indian word for the bunches of tobacco leaves that Columbus saw being smoked by the original inhabitants of Cuba - the earliest known for of cigar.
The leaves for the Cohiba are the 'selection of the selection' from the finest plantations in the San Juan y Martinez and San Luis districts of the Vuelta Abajo zone.
Uniquely amongst Habanos up to three of Cohiba's filler leaves, the Seco, Ligero and the rare Medio Tiempo, undergo an extra fermentation in barrels, which adds smoothness to the blend.
All Cohiba sizes are 'tripa larga, totalmente a mano' - long filler totally hand made.