In February of 2010 it was announced at the Habanos Festival in Cuba, annual cigar party/launch of Habanos, that they would be re-releasing the Cohiba Behike's. There are three vitola's in the line and are made in extremely limited quantities. The Cohiba Behike had been a in the making for many years and since its release have been a huge huge hit. The Behike line is made with the best tobacco of the San Juan y Martinez and San Luis areas within the Vuelta Abajo Region. Along with the special tobacco in these cigars they have used for the first time tobacco called "Medio Tiempo." Medio Tiempo is a a very scarce leaf coming from the two upper leaves of the sun-grown tobacco plant. However, not all the plants produce Medio Tiempo making it very rare. This tobacco brings a unique flavor and strength to the cigar. Of course with all their best tobacco it is to no surprise that the Habanos would be rolled at the prestigious El Lagutio factory outside of Cuba. This factory use to be a school house but was converted into a factory so that Castro's cigars could be rolled someplace safe. In the factory they are not known as Behike's but rather Laguito No. 4 through 6. I smoked the BHK 54 or Laguito No. 5. The cigar measure five and three-quarter inches and has a ring gauge of 54.
The cigar has a prelight draw with lots of leather, floral, wood, and cream notes. The floral note in this cigar is very new to me, and from what I have been told the floral and leather dominance is from the Medio Tiempo. Right when the cigar is lit you get all of those original notes from the prelight but you also get some nice pepper with it. So far it very creamy and smooth and I would say medium body.
After the first third I am picking up lots coffee and cream characteristics but still getting those base flavors of leather, pepper, and wood. Swirling the tobacco around in my mouth I am picking up some flavors of toasted bread as well.
So I have just finished the second third and this cigar is great. Very complex, flavors are coming and going but still picking up that coffee and cream, pepper, wood, leather, and floral base that I have been getting. Additionally, the burn for this cigar is surprisingly very even as well, most Cubans this young have burn issues but this one is going strong which is a really good sign.
Well, down to the end of it. I am picking up lots of bread and floral notes with some coffee and cream. I was expecting it to get warm and harsh at this point but it is staying smooth and cool which is a sign that it was made very well. I can see why this cigar took so long in the blending process, they really spent their time on it and did not rush it out. Sometimes Cuba has a tendency to push products out just because of the high demand, but they have really been taken their time and observing quality control lately which is awesome. I think Cuban cigars are just getting made better and better every year. This was a great cigar, and I look forward to it's little and bigger brother! I would give this a 95, hands down.