Cohiba is one of the most, if not THE most, well known cigar brand in the world but it is relatively new. The Cuban Cohiba (there is one in Dominican Republic as well which is unrelated to this one but that’s a different story) was established in 1968 and in the beginning it was a private brand supplying exclusively for Monsieur Castro and his big kahuna communist friends. Disclaimer: This was not given me by Fidel Castro himself as a diplomatic gift nor is it a bribe of any kind. I can assure you. You believe me, right? RIGHT?! Anywho, nowadays Cohiba enjoys a cult status and is supposed to be one of the best cigar brands out there. If you’re a gangsta rapper, drug overlord or a pimp you will smoke nothing else.
I paired this Siglo II with a beer believe it or not. Cigar City Brewing from Tampa, FL is rated as the #5 best brewer in the world 2012 by RateBeer.com. In the back label it said that the beer pairs well with premium cigars. It was a superb combo. The Cohiba was delicious and I’m not even a pimp so you better believe me. I ended up sitting on my balcony for hours just looking the world go by. It was a great moment.