Connoisseur’s Corner: Cohiba Behike BHK 52

Cohiba Behike BHK 52

Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona (1992)

A stately Cuban cigar that came off the rolling table the same year the first issues of Cigar Aficionado rolled off the presses. It’s sublime from the start, with notes of chocolate malt and cappuccino, complete with a dusting of sweet baking spices. It’s elegant, showing exceptional balance, with a long, pleasant finish. There’s plenty of life left in this 28-year-old cigar. —David Savona

Padrón Family Reserve No. 44 (2010)

Once reserved for private cigar events where a member of the Padrón family had to be present, the first Family Reserve was commercially unavailable for many years and only came in one size—the No. 44 box-pressed torpedo. It’s a delicious smoke with a perfect, effortless draw, and tremendous flavor, showing big notes of coconut, nutmeg and just a touch of licorice. —Marvin R. Shanken

Montecristo Robusto (2000)

This was a special cigar made by José Seijas in the Dominican Republic for the Montecristo Cup Pro-Am 20 years ago. What a smoke today! The Habano 2000 wrapper, controversial at the time, retained its dark, colorado color. Initial flavors of cinnamon and leather develope a lovely combination of spice and earth that lingers on the palate with a long finish. Still has plenty of life left. —Gordon Mott