The Cohiba Behike Project: Sample #7: BHK 52

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Well, onto sample #7 of the Cohiba Behike Project. This sample is the final BHK 52. My wife played a cruel joke on me, saving the final two cigars to be BHK 56s. LOL.

Here are my guesses to date

Sample #1: BHK 56: 2012
Sample #2: BHK 52: 2010
Sample #3: BHK 52: 2012
Sample #4: BHK 54: 2011
Sample #5: BHK 54: 2010
Sample #6: BHK 54: 2012

Let’s see how this is progressing….

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This is a nice looking BHK 52. Light honey brown wrapper. Beautiful. There looks to be a hidden vein down one side of the cigar. Will see when I smoke it. Silky smooth to the touch.

The aromas from the wrapper are: barnyard, chocolate, earth and hazelnut.

The construction is wonderful. Nice and solid throughout the cigar with a slight give when squeezed. The pig tail triple cap is nice and rounded and the foot is well packed.

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Mr. Punch is patiently waiting to introduce itself to the pig tail triple cap. No need to keep them waiting.

The draw is nice. Good airflow with a slight resistance. Should be a good one

Initial flavours from the cold draw are: cream, hazelnut, graham cracker and chocolate, with a slight nod to leather.

Time to take this to the flame….

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First Third
Roasted nuts, cream, hazelnut, milk chocolate and earth say good morning to me as we get this started.

The strength is medium at this stage. Perfect for the first cigar of the day.

The draw is a little tight for my liking. Still good airflow, just feels a little restricted. Will give it some more time before I bring out the Palio.

The burn is excellent. Razor sharp and the ash is a ‘Dirty’ greyish white. Very dense. Lots of smoke production.

The after finish is soothing. The flavours seem gentle this morning. Nothing harsh. Easy to retrohale. Black coffee, cocoa, leather, roasted nuts and earth all seem to be getting up slowing today. Very smooth. Glad to see that I don’t get a barrage of strength and flavour at this time. Going well so far….

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Second Third
This is smoking very gently right now. The flavours are there, just seem a little muted. Like in a slumber state. Roasted nuts, caramel, earth, leather and cocoa all are lightly walking around my palate, casing out the place.

The strength is a restrained medium level at this point. Would like to see the volume turned up a little.

The draw is just about right. Still a little restricted but good enough not to make any changes at this stage. The burn and smoke production is quite good though.

The after finish is not as long as I would like it to be. A little fleeting. Good flavours, in terms of the cocoa, leather, roasted nuts and earth however, it needs a bit more strength to give it that staying power on the palate. Might be in a sleepy state?

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Final Third
Still muted. Need the strength to kick it up a notch. Has potential to be good but the strength seems shy to come out. Bordering on the mild side. Seems to be a sedative state.

The flavours are good though. Roasted nuts, cream, cocoa, earth and caramel. Just seems to be distant. The lack of strength is taking away from the experience. Easy to smoke but, just needs that little oomph to get it over the hump.

The burn and smoke production is great. The draw seems a bit more open as well. The ash is so dense that it continues to stay on as we enter the final third. The ash has only dropped off once since I lit it and that was due to me giving it a flick.

The after finish is there, but doesn’t last as long as I would like them to stay. The flavours are recognizable however, the last of staying power is quite evident. Good base of roasted nuts, cocoa, leather, earth and hazelnut but more of a quick hit than a long progression….

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Final Impressions
I think this has entered its slumber state. Great tobacco, wonderful construction, good flavours but lack of strength at this stage. I am going to say this is from 2011 due to this. I think that once it awakens from its slumber, it will be a wonderful smoking experience.

7 down, 2 to go…..

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