Cuba's hot new cigar brand, the Cohiba Behike trio of fat, pigtailed smokes, are now on sale in Canada. The cigars officially went on sale on July 21 at a golf event.
Behikes are very expensive smokes, selling for $30 to $45 apiece in Mexico and Switzerland, but Canadian taxes push their prices to eye-popping levels. One BHK 52, the slimmest (and cheapest) of the trio, sells for 75 to 80 Canadian dollars ($71 to $76), the BHK 54 is C$89 to C$105 ($85 to $100) per cigar, and the BHK 56 sells for about C$115 ($110). That's C$1,150 ($1,100) for a ten-count box.
Despite the stratospheric prices, Cohiba Behikes are selling out, even in Canada. "They sell out pretty quick—they go real fast," said one Canadian retailer. Added another: "We're on our second round of them. We have a few of the 52s, and we have 17 [left] of the 56. We sold out of the 54s pretty quickly."
The Cohiba Behike BHK 52 recently scored 94 points in the June 8 Cigar Insider, Cigar Aficionado's twice-monthly cigar newsletter. For a vertical brand tasting of the entire Behike trio, see Cigar Insider.