Cigar Aficionado

Cohiba Behikes Rated

The most anticipated cigar release of the year—Cohiba Behike— has hit retail and Cigar Insider has rated the entire brand.

Pronounced "Beh-HEE-kay," the cigar was first introduced in 2006 as a very limited and extraordinarily expensive cigar that came in a 7 1/2 inch by 52 ring format.

The new, regular production Cohiba Behike line is a completely different release, though it uses tobacco known as medio tiempo, a type of leaf culled from the top two primings of the tobacco plant. According to Habanos S.A., the medio tiempo leaf has a low-harvest yield and is very full bodied.

Rolled into some of the thickest ring gauges the Cohiba brand has ever seen, the Behike is also significantly more expensive than the core line, with prices as high as £42.10, or $61.77 per cigar. Are they worth the price and the hype? The answer might surprise you.

For the scores and tasting notes, see the current issue of Cigar Insider.

Check out James Suckling's blog from the May launch of Behike in London, and to watch video of him smoking one.