It isn’t usually that Cuba releases a Cohiba for its Edición Limitada line. However, the previous year, the El Laguito factory rolled a 6 1/2-inch-long, 52-ring-gauge Cuban cigar, wrapped it in a dark leaf, presented it with a pigtail cap, and named it the 1966—and it was delightful. No, it wasn’t a Behike or a Siglo VI, but a solid cañonazo extra (as their referred to in the factory).
The Cuban cigar stunned us with its deep coffee bean characteristic and even combustion. As the stick progressed, it was creamy, leathery in the appropriate places, and rounded out rich aspects of milk chocolate sweetness. The 1966 celebrates Cohiba’s 45th anniversary and is named for the year that Cohiba was conceived when it was Fidel Castro’s personal cigar and only accessible through diplomatic channels. Cohiba did not become commercially accessible until 1982, and the Edición Limitada line didn’t formally begin until 2000. Unlike most other Cohibas, the 1966 is only accessible for a limited time.
The wrapper is darker than those generally found on Cuban cigars, typical of cigars released for the limited-edition line and one of its defining traits. As those are destined to be a hot item, one might conceivably buy any remaining boxes as an investment. Still, as this Cohiba 1966 represents everything we love about Cubans, from its flavor to its richness to the harmonious and aromatic pleasure, it is better to smoke them than to sell them.