2013 Cohiba Behike 52

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One of my traditions when I go to Havana is to pick up samples of the Behike line to see how the new crop fares. Seeing it was a beautiful day, with sunshine and no wind, I thought I would celebrate the day with a BHK 52.

Let’s see how this is progressing….

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The 2013 Behike 52 is a stubby, little cigar. I typically like the flavour profile however, I am not a big fan of the size as it seems to be over before you know it. This is a Laguito No. 4 vitola that comes in at a 52 ring gauge and is 4.7 inches in length. They were originally released in 2010 as a regular production line extension of the Cohiba marca and are available in a 10 count lacquered black and white varnished semi boite natural packaging.

The wrapper is a light chestnut hue of brown. Much darker than previous versions. Aromas of barnyard, toffee, caramel and cocoa emanate from the wrapper.

Construction is excellent. Firm throughout the cigar with a little give when squeezed. The pig tailed triple cap looks good and the foot is packed.

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A quick twist from my punch and we are a go for ignition.

The draw is good. Nice airflow with a slight restriction.

Initial flavours from the cold draw are sourdough bread, grassy notes, cream and earth.

Time to take this to the flame……

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First Third
Woody notes with chocolate overtones, combined with eucalyptus, grassy notes and oolong tea. Very chilled out flavour profile. Nice and relaxing start. Strength is at a medium level.

The draw and burn are perfect. Ample smoke production and the ash is a ‘Dirty’ greyish white.

The retrohale is brings earth, eucalyptus and grassy notes as it moves through the nasal passages.

The after finish is just delightful. Well balanced, with is impressive, considering its age. Nice layers of light cocoa, earth and ooling tea, followed by eucalyptus and grassy notes. The medium strength provides a nice, harmonious, lasting coating on the palate. Nice start so far….

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Second Third
Really evolving nicely. Cocoa, cream, grassy notes, and eucalyptus are delivering in spades. Very refined flavour profile. Nice balance between flavours and strength.

The retrohale brings cocoa, grassy notes, a hint of spice and eucalyptus as it moves through the nasal passages.

The after finish has a nice length to it. Complex and gentle on the palate. Excellent balance between savoury and sweet. The medium strength really brings the flavour profile to a different level.

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Final Third
Strength has picked up slightly to bring in the finale. Wonderful layers of cocoa, cream, earth, eucalyptus and grassy notes seem amplified. Nice texture on the palate. Nothing harsh, just more richer and denser….

The retrohale also exhibits a power increase. Grassy notes, eucalyptus and cocoa move more with purpose through the nasal passages.

The after finish has a nice zip to it. The eucalyptus really rounds out the deeper flavours of cocoa, grassy notes, cream and earth. Very refined and complex, despite its age. An excellent finish. Performing above its weight class at this point…..

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Final Impressions
This is a superb cigar. 2013 seems to be a banner year for the Behike. Excellent tobacco and construction. Wonderful balance between flavours and strength as well as within the overall flavour profile. Surprisingly integrated for a cigar so young. I can’t wait to see how these evolve over time. Highly recommended…..

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1 Response to 2013 Cohiba Behike 52

  1. jojo abuan says:

    great review, sir! i have a handful of 2012s and hope they are as enjoyable and complex as this one! aloha!

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