I love cigars and I love good design too. When the two are fused in perfect
harmony as with the famed cigar maker Cohiba’s new cigar the Behike BHK 52,
something very special happens.
It is no coincidence that this very cigar made it to Cigar Aficionado number one
spot in 2010 – here is what they had to say about it:
“This is a classic cigar. The shortish, fat smoke, made with an artful pigtail and
clad in gorgeous Colorado wrapper of reddish brown, is a phenomenally rich,
delicious smoke that more than lives up to the reputation of cigars with the
name Cohiba. It is the finest cigar to come out of Cuba in a long time, and Cigar
Aficionado’s top cigar of 2010.
A new cigar that was unveiled in February 2010 at the Habanos Festival in Cuba,
the Behike BHK 52 has made its way to markets around the world since its launch in London in May. It is the thinnest in a trio of new sizes, all of which have tidy little pigtail caps and names that include their ring gauges. The Behike
BHK 52 is a petit robusto, a size known as a Laguito No. 4 in Cuban cigar
factories, and it wowed our tasting panel from the get-go. In a vertical brand
tasting in the June 8 Cigar Insider the BHK 52 scored 94 points, the best of a
trio that includes the BHK 54 and the very fat BHK 56. The 52 has remained
delicious ever since, performing admirably in taste test after taste test as
Behikes have sold out in world markets.
Cohiba has long been a marquee name in Cuban cigars. This new smoke has done what no special release Cohiba has done before: win critical acclaim as well as commercial success. The original Cohiba Behike from 2006 was unavailable to nearly all smokers—only 4,000 cigars were released at a price of $400 or more per cigar. The Cohiba Siglo VI Grand Reserva debuted in 2009 at a price of
about £85 ($130), with only 75,000 cigars produced. The Behike BHK 52 combines the excitement of those rare Cohibas with a much larger production goal—150,000 in 2011. The Cuban cigar industry will continue to make batches of it every year in the stately El Laguito factory.
Cohiba Behike BHK cigars are made with a portion of filler tobacco known as medio tiempo, a type of sun-grown tobacco leaf that grows at the top of some,
but not all tobacco plants. The cigars show great balance even in youth, with a
medium to full body, creamy coffee flavors and some earthiness. They show
elements of Cuban cigars of old, and should get even better with age—if you can