Cohiba cigars have become commercially available to the public only in 1982. Before that it was an exclusive and private brand that was supplied to the highest level officials in the Cuban government, including Fidel Castro. The cigars were also often given a diplomatic gift. The cigars were originally manufactured by 5 cigar rollers in a small former diplomatic mansion in the outskirts of Havana for Fidel Castro and people close to him. It is said Fidel was so afraid of being given one of the infamous CIA cigars that exploded at some point, that the security at the first Cohiba factory tighter than anywhere else. 14 years later Castro decided it was time for the world to experience the true taste of Cuban cigars and Cohiba cigars could be purchased by anyone. The two machine-made cigarillos produced by Cohiba are Mini and the Club, originally developed as medium bodied cigars in 1968. Cohiba cigars are considered to be a true Cuban gem with an additional round of fermentation thought to give it smooth taste and full body. Cohiba cigars have a distinct grassy flavor from the first light draw, then offering some sweetness followed by a hint of black pepper.