Cohibais theflagship brandof Habanos. Exclusively created forPresident FidelCastro in 1966, Cohiba and El Laguito (most famous factory today) were kept secret. For more then a decade the Cohiba was reservedas gifts forheads of stateand diplomats. Since 1982, theCohibais available inlimited quantitiesonthe open market. The nameCohibais an ancientTaino Indianwordfor thebunches of tobacco leaves, whichwere smokedby thesenativesof Cuba.TheColumbusreporttestifies thoseas the firstknown formof the cigar.
The leaves of theCohibaare the cream of the crop from the fivebestVegasFinadePrimerainthe areas ofSanJuan yMartinez andSan Luisfrom the VueltaAbajo region. It isunique among theHabanosthat two of thefiller leaves ofCohiba,secoandligero,are fermented a third time inbarrels, whichgivesthe blendamoresmootherflavor. Linea1492was created in 1992 on the occassion of the 500thAnniversaryof the long andadventurousjourney of discoveryofColumbus.