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Cuba's Cohiba

James Suckling
From the Print Edition:
Premier Issue, Autumn 92

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LANCEROS: Super elegant cigar that is always a joy to smoke. It is extremely well-made in a long, thin format. There are plenty of dark chocolate and spice flavors. A delicate finish. 94

ESPLENDIDO: What a bombshell to smoke. This cigar has unbelievable pedigree with gorgeous looks and a flawless draw. It has a perfect balance of full rich flavors and an elegant finish. 98

CORONAS ESPECIAL: An attractive coronas-sized cigar in a thinner format. Not quite up to the stellar quality of the Cohiba range but it shows very good spicy flavors and has a slightly bitter aftertaste. 87

ROBUSTO: The textbook cigar in a short, fat size. It smokes as great as it looks with lovely spicy aromas and opulent coffee, spice flavors. 96

EXQUISITO: The perfect name for a wonderful cigar. This is truly exquisite to smoke with medium-bodied coffee, spice flavors and a mellow finish. Excellent small-sized cigar. 90

PANETELA: A great little morning cigar with full flavors and a light coffee finish. This is extremely well-made. 89

Trinidad: The Best Kept Secret in Cuba

Cohiba may be the El Laguito factory's best known cigar, but every month a tiny number of cigars under the name of Trinidad are produced exclusively for Fidel Castro. This cigar is so secret that few individuals (until publication of this article), including executives at the government-run Cubatabaco, are aware of its existence.

"In order to have something special and unique for Fidel Castro, we produced this special brand," said Avelino Lara, director of El Laguito. "Other Cuban diplomats and governmental officials give away Cohiba as gifts, but nobody can give Trinidad away except for Fidel Castro."

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