Introduced in 1968 Cohiba cigars were meant only as protocol cigars made solely for Cuban officials and diplomats. Cohiba was not widely distributed until 1982 when 3 sizes were launched: Lanceros, Coronas Especiales and Panetelas. Then, 3 more vitolas were added to the brand in 1989: Esplendidos, Robustos and Exquisitos, completing what is known as 'La Linea Clasica'. In 1992, 5 more vitolas were added creating the Linea 1492: the Siglo I, II, III, IV and V and recently the long awaited Siglo VI was released. Cohiba remains the 'King of the Cubans' as well as Castro's favourite smoke, before he gave up smoking.