The Cohiba Behike has the same length as the Lancero and
the same girth as the Siglo VI, the two factory rings that have
contributed to build the prestige of this brand. CorporaciÃ³n
Habanos announced that this 4,000 cigar production lot is unique,
for it WILL NOT BE PRODUCED AGAIN.
The Cohiba Behike is sold only on special orders in elegant
boxes fashioned by Elie Bleu from Galuchet, mother of pearl, ebony,
sycamore, cedar and ox bone and containing 40 numbered cigars.
The humidors will include a plate with the humidor number (from 1 to 100)
and the Cohiba Behike lot number it contains.
Habanos wanted this cigar to be not only the most exclusive in the
world, but probably the most expensive in the world. The name BEHIKE
comes from a witch doctor name of the Taino tribe who performed sacred
rites with tobacco.
Ever since CorporaciÃ³n Habanos conceived this project originally
to commemorate the brandâ€™s 40th anniversary, the project has remained
completely secret since 2001. To that end, plants from the seed bed,
the best growing fields of Vuelta Abajo, and even the best growers
were selected. The outside wrapper leaf were chosen by Pancho Cuba,
Alejandro Robaina and Antonio MarÃa Paz, three of the most prestigious
Cuban tobacco growers.
The cigar containers are made by Elie Bleu; the cigars are prepared
by Norma, the most experienced hand-roller in Havanaâ€™s El Laguito factory
Only 4,000 sticks of the luxurious Behike will be produced, each one
numbered, adding that it is â€œunique and unrepeatableâ€ and that it â€œcaptures
the spirit of Cohiba.â€
Imagine a Siglo VI with the length of a Lancero, the 52 ring gauge triple
robusto Behike with a pigtailed finish is a blockbuster. Its presence in the
hand is massive.The pigtailed head gives it a cute shape despite the long and
heavy weight body.
TASTING of the beast:
The first third delivers a regular but massive smoke. Grassy, vanillin with
hints of delicate tobacco spices like warnings before the storm. Once you’re
almost finished with the first third and a little bit tired of this massive and
regular draw, the Cohiba Behike takes you by surprise with an explosion of tastes
and delicate spiciness.It rises like a thunder and develops in an exponential way !
Loads of oak overwhelms your mouth in a generous and heavy smoke. The draw
becomes easier, faster, more complex and you’ll have to make an extra effort to
overcome the beast. Once you get used to its new style, it mutates again. As you
prepare for the finale, the cigar turns into a live volcano expressing all its
complexity and strength. At one point you’ll have to take your time and cool down
with puffing because you realize that your taste buds are saturated and your burning
tongue is overloaded with the magic effect of the Behike !
The Cohiba Behike is a masterpiece and is here to stand among the legendary cigars.
We’ll wait to see how it will age in a 12 to 18 months..
The only problem is the price. Habanos will make only 100 humidors containing 40
cigars each in 2007. The suggested retail price was USD$28 000. That’s outrageous, but there’s no
doubt that the cigars smoke like a dream…and thier are only but a few left for retail
sale.Most have been privatley sold and stored.
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