Originally introduced in 1966, Cohiba Cuban cigars were at first made only for members of the Cuban government and as gifts to foreign dignitaries. Fifteen years later in 1982, Cohiba was made commercially available for the first time with the release of three new models; the Cohiba Lanceros, Cohiba Corona Especiales, and the Cohiba Panetelas.
In order to maintain their very high standards of quality, as a rule Cohiba cigars are made with the finest tobaccos in Cuba. They are harvested from select plantations in the Pinar del Rio province. And unlike other cigar brands, Cohibas go through three fermentations processes to give them a smoother flavor.
Such lofty quality standards also mean their availability will always be limited. The strong-bodied nature of Cuban Cohiba cigars does not make them suitable for new cigar smokers.