Brand: Cohiba Country: Cuba
Size: BHK 54 – 5.7 x 54 Wrapper: Cuba
Price: ~$40 No.Smoked: 1
The Label Factor:
I take back everything I said about the Opus X; THIS is the cigar label I dream about. From the holograms to the raised letters on the band, the Behike oozes style and class. Placed around a flawless Cuban wrapper, the legendary appearance cements the sticks legendary status. Take a look at this photo to get a full view of the front and back.
What We Liked:
There’s no reason to beat around the bush here; this is a Cohiba Behike. Without smoking the stick blind, there is simply no way to go into this smoke without a level of expectation and excitement. I don’t want to smoke my first Cohiba Behike blind. I want to get wrapped up in the moment. In the interest of full disclosure, it’s impossible to say how much this impacted my enjoyment of the cigar. From here on out, take everything I say with multiple grains of salt.
The BHK 54 starts off with a very dry and interesting spice. It’s not a typical pepper but more of a spice that I’d associate with chicken wings. There is a strong leather component after a half-inch as the spice mellows a bit, but not completely. The beginning isn’t overpowering, coming in at a solid medium body.
By the halfway point, I’ve entered into Nutville, which happens to be run by Mayor Floral. This is where I found the Behike to really hit it’s stride. The combination of spice, nuts, and floral notes is fantastic. By the final third, you’ll find yourself smoking slower in hopes that the stick will somehow magically regenerate tobacco. I hate to report that it doesn’t, in fact, do that.
As I mentioned earlier, the Behike is very dry. Because I love all my readers and want you to enjoy your future Behikes as much as I did, I am going to let you in on exactly what you should pair with it: Sprecher Root Beer (photo). Most root beers play it safe and provide only a 12oz bottle for consumption. Not Sprecher! They give you a hefty 16oz bottle, allowing it to last the entire hour and a half you’ll spend smoking the Behike to a nub. And you will smoke it to a nub.
What We Didn’t Like:
There’s a lot of tension and anxiety involved when smoking a cigar of this nature, especially when you only have one in your possession. My hands were trembling as I went to cut. “Don’t mess this up,” I whispered to myself. Luckily, I am the cigar cutting equivalent of Eli Manning against the New England Patriots. Sorry Patriots fans.
No matter how good the Behike is, one thing is horrendous; the goodness to dollar ratio. When stacked up against something like the Illusione Rothchildes, the Behike begins to look like a really horrible purchase decision. But, let’s be fair, this is THE special occasion cigar. Without a Powerball win, I can’t imagine this entering my regular smoking rotation.
Should You Try/Buy It:
Do you think it’s worth it to occasionally spend $40+ on a single cigar? If not, stay away, nothing to see here. If so, then it’s certainly worth it to pick one up and see if it delivers on the hype. Whether it be the occasion, the excitement, or the incredible cigar, the Cohiba Behike delivered for me.