Are Real Cohiba Cuban Cigars Worth the Hype?
Ask a handful of new cigar smokers what they think the ‘best’ cigar is, and you’ll likely hear the word “Cuban” come up. As with anything that’s ‘outlawed,’ Real Cuban cigars have had a certain mystique surround them. It’s an air that other cigars don’t have. But – are they worth the mystique and the money? Anyone who’s tried to buy Cuban cigars oversees – the real ones, not the Cohiba knockoffs! – knows that they’re extraordinarily expensive.
Why Real Cohiba Cuban Cigars are so Special
First, only Cuban tobacco makes a real ‘Cuban’ cigar taste like a ‘Cuban’ cigar. Plus, there’s that whole ‘I can’t have it, so I want it’ thing that’s been going on since 1962. That gives having a Cuban cigar a sense of ‘coolness’ to it. There is some truth to the uniqueness of Cubans, though, that you can’t replicate. When tobacco is grown, it takes on the flavor of the soil it’s grown in – so yes, Cubans are unique in that way. The climate in Cuba – being smack in the middle of the Caribbean – makes for some fantastic tobacco.
A typical Cuban has a strong flavor profile that’s rich and complex. For those who have smoked them – you know what I mean. Some Cuban brands have milder varieties. But, the well-known Cuban cigars lie more towards the “fuller” side – so if you’re new to cigars, you might want to ease in. Some reputable brands are Cohiba, Montecristo, H. Upmann, and Romeo y Julieta. You can’t go wrong with any of them.
Where Do I Find Them?
If you’re sitting on the beach, enjoying a nice umbrella drink, and a vendor asks if you’d like to buy a three-pack of Cohibas for $10 – run away! Real Cubans are expensive – expect to pay some decent dollars for a cigar – usually around $15 or more per stick.
Is It Worth It?
So, next time you’re planning a vacation and want to incorporate some cigars into the mix, seek out a real Cuban cigar. Try one for yourself, and let us know what you think!