Photo Feature by Elio Delgado

The Cohiba Cigar Factory

HAVANA TIMES, Oct. 10 — Situated within a stunning mansion located along 146st Street in Havana’s Cubanacan community is the factory of the coveted Cohiba cigar.

Issuing from the special plantations in the western Pinar del Rio Province, these cigars —possessing no rings to indicate their brand— were first produced for the exclusive use by members of the Council of State (to smoke or to hand out as gifts). It was in 1982 that Celia Sanchez Manduley christened them their present name, which is what our indigenous ancestors called rolled tobacco.

In 1992, the first five “Siglos” lines began to be marketed as classics marking Christopher Columbus’s fifth centennial. After 2000 the “Siglo IV” line was created, and in 2006 —to be commemorate the 40th anniversary of the creation of the brand— 4,000 cigars called “Behikes” were manufactured and sold in boxes of 40, with each box selling for 375 euros.

In 2008, the “Cohiba Maduro 5” came out in three different selections; their outer layer is dark because they are aged for five years. In 2009 appeared the “Gran Reserva de Cohiba,” and in 2010 a new a type of Behike was prepared that was different from that of 2006; in it is incorporated a leaf called a “medio tiempo,” the same ingredient that was used more than 30 years ago in the making of cigars and which contributes to the line’s additional strength, greater flavor and finer aroma.

The Cohiba is the result of more than 90 processes that are performed with infinite care and devotion. This is why at the beginning there were only women working in the small factory, and even now —though some men also work there— women continue to constitute the majority. Among today’s workers is one of the company’s founding employees, Miriam Hodelin Hodelin.

Number one among the buyers is Spain, and first in that country is the King, for whom “Lanceros y Coronas especiales” are produced with a personalized ring.

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9 thoughts on “The Cohiba Cigar Factory

  • Hi Howard… Im a master studennt here in HMO, northern of Mexico, we can chat on Messenger about your specific interest on cohibas, please add me if you want

  • La Casa Del Habano Nokke out of Belgium will ship. It’s a Habano “franchise” and everything is authentic. They are the best.

  • Thank you!

  • When you visit Cuba there is no longer a dollar limit on the
    cigars you can bring home for personal use. The key word is personal use. It isalways up for review at the US customs counter. Here is the exact text from the US treasury Dept FQA for travel to Cuba a/o 1/6/2017

    “There is no specific dollar limit on authorized expenses. Authorized travelers may engage in transactions ordinarily incident to travel within Cuba, including payment of living expenses and the acquisition
    in Cuba of goods for personal consumption there. In addition, travelers are authorized to acquire in Cuba and import as accompanied baggage into the United States merchandise for personal use only. Effective October 17, 2016, the prior limitations on the value of such imports has been removed. Such imports remain subject to the normal limits on duty and tax exemptions for merchandise imported as accompanied baggage and for personal use.”

    It is still however illegal to bring in Cuban products
    (cigars, rum, etc) from other countries (Canada, England, etc.) in any dollar amount. That being said, many companies online do sell and ship to the US. Try I… heard they were great and reasonably priced. Or plan a trip to Cuba. It’s a GREAT place to visit.

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