The Cohiba 1966 Edición Limitada 2011, a dark, oily and powerful Cuban cigar that impressed in a preview tasting at the Habanos Festival in February, is finally ready for market. Habanos S.A., the global distributor of Cuban cigars, announced today that the cigar was coming to cigar shops in "days."
cigar measures 6 1/2 inches long by 52 ring gauge and has a pigtail cap
reminiscent of the Cohiba Behike BHK trio of cigars. The Cohiba 1966 is
a size known in Cuban cigar factories as cañonazo especial. (The
original Cuban cañonazo size is 5 7/8 by 52, has no pigtail, and
originated in 2002 with the release of the Cohiba Siglo VI.)
Cohiba 1966 Edición Limitada 2011 cigars will come in wooden boxes of 10, surrounded by a colorful outer cardboard box emblazoned with the distinctive colors of the Cohiba brand.
The "Habanos" sticker appears on the upper right-hand corner of the outer box, with the Edición Limitadas sticker on the same corner of the inner box. As with all Edición Limitadas, the cigars come with two bands and contain two-year-old tobacco as well as wrappers that tend to be darker than those found on most Cuban cigars.
I had a chance to smoke a pre-release version of the Cohiba 1966 in February. The Cohiba was one of several cigars passed out at the H. Upmann dinner early in the week of the Habanos Festival, and I found it to be the best cigar of the week. The big, dark smoke had a very oily wrapper, and provided very rich flavor, and was especially strong and hearty.
remains to be seen if the regular production cigars can live up to the
pre-release expectations. On a visit to El Laguito in February, I saw
Cohiba 1966 cigars in the rolling room, and found out that the cigars
smoked at the festival were rolled at El Laguito. I was told that the
actual production cigars won't be rolled here, but elsewhere.
Cuba releases three Edición Limitadas a year. The other two are the Hoyo de Monterrey Short Hoyo Pirámides, a 5 3/8 inch long, 46 ring figurado that began shipping recently and is already in some stores, and the Ramon Allones Allones Extra, a 44 ring gauge cigar that's slightly longer than 5 5/8 inches that has yet to ship.
Look for the first blind tasting of the Cohiba 1966 in an upcoming issue of Cigar Insider.