The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2012
Cohiba 1966 Edición Limitada 2011
It isn’t often that Cuba releases a Cohiba for its Edición Limitada program, but last year, the El Laguito factory rolled a 6 1/2-inch-long, 52-ring-gauge cigar, wrapped it in a dark leaf of Cuban tobacco, gave it a pigtail cap and called it the 1966—and it was delicious. No, it’s not a Behike or a Siglo VI, but a thick cañonazo extra (as they’re called in the factory), and the cigar really impressed us with its profound coffee bean flavor and even combustion. As the cigar progressed, it was creamy in the right places, leathery in the right places and rounded out the savory aspects with a milk chocolate sweetness.
The 1966 commemorates Cohiba’s 45th anniversary and is named for the year that Cohiba was created, when it was Fidel Castro’s personal smoke and only available through diplomatic channels. Cohiba did not become commercially available until 1982 and the Edición Limitada program didn’t officially begin until 2000. Unlike most other Cohibas, the 1966 is only available on a limited basis.
The wrapper is darker than those usually found on Cubans, which is typical of cigars released for the limited-edition program and one of its defining characteristics. As these are destined to be a hot auction item, one might conceivably purchase any remaining boxes as an investment, but as this Cohiba 1966 really represents everything we love about Cuban cigars from its flavor to its richness to the overall harmonious and aromatic experience, it is better to smoke them than to sell them.
Watch the video of Gordon Mott and David Savona smoking the Cohiba 1966 Edición Limitada 2011.
Box Date: September 2011
FACTORY LOCATION: Cuba
RING GAUGE: 52
LENGTH: 6 1/2"