We decided to take a break from reviewing over the past 2 weeks except for the occasional stick to keep things interesting. It wasn’t planned, but with the summer upon us spending the day and night outside left us little time to concentrate on reviews. In fact over the past 2 weeks we cut back our cigar smoking significantly to let our taste buds rest. Today we return with a cigar gifted to me from a European friend and being the patriot I am, I wanted to do my best to destroy the crops of our neighbor to the south.
My Israeli friend brought me back the Behike from a local shop in Israel where these cigars sell for $96 US. The taxes in Israel are through the roof to say the least. The cigars were released in 2010 during the Festival de Habano. Other then that I won’t pretend to be an expert on these cigars, so if you want to learn more check out Smoking Stogie.
Cigar: Cohiba Behike
Size: 5.7″ x 54 (BHK 54/Laguito No. 5)
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Appearance and Construction: The wrapper of the Cohiba Behike was golden brown in color and there was some significant veins present. The cigar was rolled well, and there was a nice small pigtail to the cap. The band has a nice silhouette of a person with a pony tail, and a hologram in the center. This hologram is key as there are many fakes of this cigar starting to appear worldwide. David Savona has a great piece on Cigar Aficionado on how to spot a fake. The wrapper felt a little thin so if you going to age these use care. There were no soft spots, and there was a nice weight to it.
Flavor & Notes: The nose of the cigar should have a slight manure scent to it on a good cigar. In fact, Jose Blanco once told me, that telling a manufacturer the cigar smells like shit, is paying the ultimate compliment. The cold draw of the cigar was of Hay, and there was a slight vegetal component. Once the cigar is lit I was caught off guard by the spice that was present. The rest of the first third rounded out with some notes of cedar. In the second third of third of the cigar there was some earth and continued cedar but some notes of dark chocolate began to emerge on this complex smoke. In the last third the spice returns and some earthy notes return in this amazingly smooth cigar.
Smoking Characteristics: The cigar cut very well with a straight cut. The thin nature of the wrapper most likely will not lend itself to a bullet cut, so I would recommend against that. The Cohiba Behike burned well with a nice amount of smoke that was thick in volume.
Conclusion: When a cigar gets as much hype as the Behike got it is almost guaranteed to disappoint. We tend to expect so much more, and that was the case with this cigar for me. I can easily list 10 cigars I rather smoke then the Behike. Despite failing to reach the hype, the cigar is enjoyable just not at the price tag.
Price: $40.00 ($96 in Israel)