Cohiba, Fidel Castro’s preferred brand, was created in 1966 as Havana’s premier brand for diplomatic purposes. The brand was supplied exclusively to Fidel Castro and high-level officials in the Communist Party of Cuba and the Cuban Government. The brand name Cohíba derives from the Taíno word for “tobacco”.
Cohiba is historically known to use some of the finest cigar tobacco that is available in Cuba. The tobacco is selected from the finest first-class tobacco fields in the San Luis and San Juan y Martinez zones of the Vuelta Abajo region of Pinar del Río Province.
All Cohibas were originally made at the El Laguito factory, a mansion located on the outskirts of Havana that was converted into a cigar-rolling school for women in 1961. Production of these cigars was later expanded to the famous Partagas factory in Havana.
Since 1982, Cohiba cigars have been offered to the public in four sizes: Lanceros, Coronas Especiales and Panetelas. These were all extremely popular amongst the public and lead to more cigars being produced. In 1989, three more sizes were added to complete the classic line: Esplendidos, Robustos, and Exquisitos.
In 1992, the following five sizes were further made in order to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Cuba in 1492: Siglo I, II, III, IV and V.
Cohiba’s continue to be famous for their high-end tobacco and price point.