In February of 2010 it was announced at the Habanos Festival in Cuba, the annual cigar party/launch of that years limited habanos, that they would be re-releasing the Cohiba Behike. Everyone was incredibly pleased with this announcement, and everyone eagerly awaited the release. The cigar was originally released in 2006, but at the time was limited to one vitola of 4,000 cigars. There were to be three vitolas in the new line, but the cigars would be made in extremely limited quantities. The cigars were and still are quiet pricey, but are the cream of the crop for the Cohiba brand. Everything about the cigar screams best of the best, and not only was the cigar going to be composed of aged tobacco, it was also going to utilize a small batch of unique tobacco. I never had the opportunity to smoke the original Behike, but knew I had to get my hands on the modern version.
I just finished the second third of the cigar now and it is terrific. The flavors are incredibly complex and the cigar is full bodied in terms of flavors but in terms of strength it is right around a solid medium body level. There is a great creaminess to the cigar, and it is pairing with some toasted bread, coffee, and cedar notes. It is very smooth, and very complex. There are some lovely floral notes with the cigar still, and it has a peppery and leathery finish. It is really a cigar that is not a Cohiba, but a Behike. The construction on the cigar is still stellar and it is showing a great burn line with that lovely dark gray ash that is holding on to the end firmly. I smoke this cigar down to the nub, and at the nub there is a very cool draw with tons of flavors still being produced. This cigar smoked wonderfully from beginning to end, and was terrific with being so young.
I have come back to this cigar multiple times since the initial review and find that over time it mellows out in some of the flavors and has a strength level slightly at the medium body level. This is truly a terrific cigar to age, and after two years seems very different and yet very comforting and familiar at the same time. I would smoke these more often as younger cigars in the future, but with a cigar like this you do not smoke it often so there is a reason it gets aged. One thing I would love to do is smoke this side by side to a L'Atelier. I know each smoke is very unique and different, but it is still fun to do things like that.