Talk to anyone who has been smoking for a decent period of time and they will probably be able to give you a list of countries where tobacco is typically grown, a list that would most likely include countries like Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Ecuador and even the U.S., among others.
One country that most likely would not be on many people’s lists is the Caribbean country of Haiti. However, a new cigar brand is looking to change that perception.
Supreme Tobacco was actually founded in 2015 to sell Haitian tobacco to other manufactures. Eventually, the company decided to start its own brand made up of tobacco grown on its farms in the Plateau Central in Haiti, which is located in the eastern part of Haiti, closer to the country’s border with the Dominican Republic. The cigars are rolled at its Supreme Tobacco S.A. factory located in Haiti.
During the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show, Supreme Tobacco debuted its first official release named Bohekio, which is the cacique—or Taíno ruler—of Xaragua, an area now in Haiti and in which Port-au-Prince is located. While the binder and filler tobaccos for the four-vitola line are made up of tobacco grown in Haiti, the wrapper for the company’s first release is actually a sun grown habano leaf grown in the Dominican Republic.
There were four different vitolas in the Bohekio line when it started shipping to retailers in July:
- Bohekio Robusto (5 x 5o) — $9 (Box of 20, $180)
- Bohekio Churchill (7 x 50) — $12 (Box of 20, $240)
- Bohekio Robusto Gordo (5 x 55) — $11 (Box of 20, $220)
- Bohekio Toro Gordo (6 x 55) — $10 (Box of 20, $200)
- Cigar Reviewed: Bohekio Robusto
- Country of Origin: Haiti
- Factory: Supreme Tobacco S.A.
- Wrapper: Dominican Republic (Sun Grown Habano)
- Binder: Haiti
- Filler: Haiti
- Length: 5 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 50
- Vitola: Robusto
- MSRP: $9 (Box of 20, $180)
- Release Date: July 2021
- Number of Cigars Released: Regular Production
- Number of Cigars Smoked For Review: 3
Whoever put together the marketing for this cigar knew what they were doing: the first thing you see on the Bohekio Robusto is a striking gold image of Bohekio on a black background before moving on to the medium brown wrapper with a reddish tint that is fairly smooth to the touch. The cigar also features a number of overt veins running up and down its length, and two of my samples each have small soft spots located just under the secondary band. Aroma from the wrapper is a combination of strong dark chocolate, manure, earth, leather and a slight mint flavor. The cold draw features flavors of sweet cedar, peanut shells, hay, toasted bread, leather tack and light mint leaves after a simple straight cut.
Just after I light the foot of the Bohekio, the profile starts off a bit metallic, with some noticeable spice and black pepper. Thankfully, those flavors fade quickly and are replaced by a flavorful combination of creamy cedar and powdery cocoa nibs that take over the top spots. Other notes include cereal, espresso beans, peanuts, hay and a touch of floral flavors that brings up the rear. In addition, a small amount of maple sweetness that is blended with some obvious black pepper is present on the retrohale. There is some noticeable spice on my tongue that does not seem to be dissipating any time soon. In terms of construction, the draw is giving me a perfect amount of resistance and while the burn is far from razor sharp, it is also far from needing any corrections so far. Flavor is under medium but increasing, body is fairly light and the strength manages to pass a point between mild and medium by the end of the first third.
While the second third of the Bohekio continues the trend of the first third—namely main flavors of creamy cedar and powdery cocoa nibs—new top notes of oatmeal and earth take over the top spots as the burn passes the halfway point. Additional flavors of brewed coffee grounds, leather, generic nuts, hay, barnyard and a tiny bit of floral flavors. In addition, both the maple sweetness and black pepper on the retrohale have increased a small amount, although neither is strong enough to make a significant impact on the profile as of yet. Construction-wise, the draw continues to impress but, unfortunately, the burn takes a turn for the worse and I have to touch it up twice in quick succession. Flavor has increased to a solid medium, body has increased to be approaching medium and strength ends the second third just under medium.
The final third of the Bohekio Robusto features the same top flavors of oatmeal and earth, followed by secondary notes of bacon, hay, nuts, creamy leather flit in and out, while a touch of floral flavors continues to hang around as well. In addition, the maple sweetness has increased slightly on the retrohale, while the black pepper remains at about the same level. Thankfully, the burn has evened up nicely while the draw continues to be trouble-free. Flavor remains a solid medium, body remains under medium and the strength ends the cigar at a solid medium.
- While I noted a distinct mint note on the cold draw of this cigar on all three samples, it was nowhere near as distinct as when I have tasted it in other cigars like some of Tatuaje’s Capa Especial blends that use a Sumatra wrapper leaf.
- Having said the above, that mint note was only present on the cold draw, and unfortunately did not make an appearance in the actual smoking profile.
- Although some of the flavors are fairly unique, they were fairly light and fleeting for the most part. I wonder if a bit of age will help some of those notes become a bit more distinct in the profile.
- While the overall construction was quite good, each of the three cigars I smoked did get a bit hot at the end, i.e. with under one inch remaining.
- You can see our coverage of the Supreme Tobacco booth during the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show here.
- The cigars smoked for this review were purchased by halfwheel.
- Final smoking time for all three samples averaged one hour and 21 minutes.
It is always great to see brand new companies during the PCA Convention & Trade Show and even more so when that company is bringing something unique to the table. The Haitian-based Supreme Tobacco fits both bills nicely, and its debut release features some very interesting aspects, including main flavors in the profile that changed from cedar and cocoa nibs in the first half to oatmeal and earth in the second half. There were also a multitude of unique secondary flavors that presented themselves throughout the smoke as well, including bacon, floral and mint, although the latter was present only on the cold draw. In the end, the Bohekio is a solid debut from a brand new company and well worth checking out if you can track them down.