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The most exclusive Cuban tobacco of all time, the Cohiba Behike

The most exclusive Cuban tobacco of all time, the Cohiba Behike is one of the most outstanding and elitist cigars in the world is called Behike (an aboriginal priest), and today cigar lovers have the aspiration to smoke it even once.

Furthermore, in these moments of social isolation due to Covid-19, and when many people spend hours and hours in their homes, this type of privilege is pursued by devotees of high quality products, such as this cigar from the industry Cuban tobacco company.

Authorities of the sector on the island, at the time explained to market analysts the characteristics of such an outstanding product.

The most exclusive Cuban tobacco of all time, the Cohiba Behike, began to be marketed in different markets around the world in 2010, indicated the international corporation Habanos SA

They appear above all in the La Casa del Habano franchise, with more than 140 establishments throughout the orb. Even a humidor of this product can cost around 15 thousand euros.

The Cohiba Behike is the most exclusive line of this already prestigious brand and appears fundamentally in three formats, 52.  54 and 56.

Such production is extremely limited and incorporates in its blend, in the three vitolas, tobacco leaves called Part time that provides a unique character and flavor. Furthermore, a ring with two identifying and high security holograms is added.

The authorities comment that this cigar becomes the best kept secret of Cohiba, a brand created in 1966 and the first to appear after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959.

In addition to being symbolic, the brand is the most prestigious in the Habanos SA portfolio and that name, Cohiba, responds to an aboriginal instrument with which the original inhabitants of this island lit the leaves, elements witnessed by Spanish explorers in 1492.

Behike It carries the best leaves from the western Cuban region of San Juan y Martínez and San Luis, in Vuelta Debajo, in the province of Pinar del Rio. All these cigars are made at the El Laguito factory in the capital.

Cuban Cigar Origins

While there is no set date that tobacco growing in Cuba can be pinpointed to, it is believed that the tobacco plant arrived in the country from South America between the period of 2,000 and 3,000 B.C. In Cuba, this new plant was named ‘cohiba’; a name that remains significant today with the Cohiba brand. When tobacco first arrived in Cuba, it was primarily used for medicinal purposes, as well as being incorporated into religious ceremonies or social gatherings. It was later planted as an agricultural crop for more widespread use.

 

The Spanish Influence on Cuban Cigars

While the introduction of tobacco to Europe is credited to Christopher Columbus’ expedition to the Americas, it was his ventures to Cuba that led to the specific introduction of cigars. Although tobacco was grown in other South American countries, including the Dominican Republic, the 1492 journey discovered early examples of cigars being smoked in Cuba. Dried and twisted tobacco leaves were rolled up inside palm leaves to act as a cigar. From there it didn’t take long for the rest of the world to get a taste for this new pastime; Spain quickly became the leading country of tobacco smokers before it spread across Europe, Persia, Russia, Turkey and Japan!

The Spanish were the most involved with the development of tobacco. Spanish colonies in South America began cultivating tobacco crops in 1531, and by 1542 they had established the first cigar factory in Cuba. As tobacco and smoking grew in popularity across the world, a number of prohibitions and bans fell into place. One of the most renowned moves was the royal monopoly which was put into place by King Phillip V of Spain in 1717. Known as the Tobacco Monopoly, restrictions were put on trading tobacco, with all tobacco products sent through Spanish ports. This was only lifted 100 years later, and free trade between Cuba and the rest of the world was finally allowed.

Before this, tobacco leaves grown in Cuba would be sent over to Spain. Cigar factories constructed in Spain would then be responsible for rolling the leaves into cigars. However, around the 1800s it was discovered that rolling the cigars before they are shipped across the world massively increased their longevity, and thus increased the number of cigars able to be sold. In response to this, factories started to be built in Cuba. By 1859, over 10,000 tobacco plantations could be found in Cuba, with 1,300 factories in the capital.

The 1800s was the booming, golden age for Cuban cigars, with many of the main brands, who still produce cigars today, establishing their businesses during this time. In this period, big names in the cigar industry such as Partagas, Romeo y Julieta, H. Upmann and Punch cigars all opened their doors.

Unlike many other crop harvesting jobs at this time, tobacco plantations did not use slaves, as the tobacco plant leaves were considered too fragile. Plantation owners believed that only a free man would be able to take enough pride in the position to handle the leaves with the gentle touch they require. Instead, immigrants from the Canary Islands were brought in to work the fields.

 

JOSÉ L. PIEDRA PETIT CABALLEROS

JOSÉ L. PIEDRA PETIT CABALLEROS

One of the oldest value-priced marcas is José L. Piedra which was founded by José Lamadrid Piedra and his brother Vincente in the 1880s. Originally a long filler cigar, the brand was rolled in a small factory in the town of Santa Clara, which is located in the Vuelta Abaja region of Cuba. However, after the Cuban revolution, the marca lost favor with the new leaders of the country until it was discontinued entirely in the early 1990’s.

In 1996, the José L. Piedra brand was relaunched, this time as a line full of lower-priced cigars produced in large quantities. The marca is currently made up of five different regular production vitolas, including the newest addition that is the subject of today’s review.

  • José L. Piedra Brevas — 5 1/4 inches (133mm) x 42
  • José L. Piedra Cazadores — 6 inches (152mm) x 43
  • José L. Piedra Conservas — 5 1/2 inches (140mm) x 44
  • José L. Piedra Petit Cazadores — 4 1/8 inches (105mm) x 43
  • José L. Piedra Petit Caballeros — 4 3/4 inches (120mm) x 48

 

S.T. Dupont Teams Up with Habanos for New Cohiba Accessories

One of the most famous Cuban cigar brands in the world has a new collection of high-end accessories to its name. French luxury goods maker S.T. Dupont has teamed up with Habanos S.A., the worldwide distribution company for Cuban cigars, to create two new sets of Cohiba-branded cigar tools. The collections include eye-catching lighters, cutters, humidors, a double cigar case—even a pair of cufflinks. The first set, called S.T. Dupont Cohiba Thematic Edition, debuted earlier this month. The second and more expensive collection, called S.T. Dupont Behike Thematic Edition, is slated to launch later this week.

Like Cuban cigars and rum, both Cohiba-branded collections will not be sold in the United States. They will only be available for purchase outside the U.S., at high-end retailers around the globe.

 

La Flor De Cano Elegidos (10)

The Flor de Cano brand is in the middle price range and offers cigars with a good balance between taste and aroma. La Flor De Cano Elegidos are now new in the brand’s portfolio. The format is called Lirios with a Cepo of 50 mm and a length of 127 mm. According to official documents, the brand was registered in 1884 by the brothers Tomás and José Cano. Much is not known about the history of this brand. It is believed that it was a small family business, but it had a very good reputation, especially in England and Spain. The formats produced to this day are totalmente a mano, tripa corta – shortfiller made entirely by hand from tobacco leaves from the Vuelta Abajo and Semi Vuelta tobacco growing areas.

Flor de Cano Elegidos are available in boxes of 10 from 07.04.21 in Casa del Habano and from 14.04.21 at Habanos Specialists.

San Cristobal de la Habana Harimau Malaya Regional Edition 10s

San Cristobal de La Habana Harimau Malaya, a Regional Edition cigar made exclusively for the Southeast Asian country. It’s Malaysia’s first Regional smoke and measures 5 1/8 inches by 55 ring gauge, which is the same size as the Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill (known as Montescos in Cuban cigar factories).

POR LARRAÑAGA GALANES

A new size for the Por Larrañaga marca has begun shipping to distributors around the world and is slowly making its way to retail shelves.

It’s called the Galanes, which measures 4 3/4 inches (120mm) long with a 52 ring gauge, a new petit robusto vitola for the Habanos S.A. portfolio. The company has said that the filler and binder leaves come from the Vuelta Abajo and Semi Vuelta zones, located in Pinar del Río. The cigar is offered in 10-count boxes.

 

 

 

Macallan 25 yr old

The Macallan Sherry Oak 25 Years Old

RICH DRIED FRUITS. GINGER SPICE. WOOD SMOKE.

This distinguished single malt is matured exclusively for twenty-five years in Oloroso sherry seasoned oak casks from Jerez, Spain. Laying undisturbed in the same casks for a quarter of a century, the maturing spirit transforms to create this luxurious single malt whisky characterised by its rich flavours of vanilla, dried fruits and ginger spice with a long finish and rich mahogany colour.
Now only available at Corporate Cigar and Corporate Liquor Merchants in Australia….
A distinguished single malt with an intensely rich profile.

HABANOS

There are in the world just a few things that are known without question to be the best of their kind. A Habano – or Havana cigar – is one of them.

In Cuba in 1492 the Spanish expedition commanded by Christopher Columbus saw tobacco for the first time in the New World. The Taino Indians rolled and burnt some mysterious leaves, which they called “Cohiba”, in an unknown ceremony for the explorers. From that starting point more than five hundred years ago, tobacco has been traded and planted throughout the world. Since its discovery, Tabaco Negro Cubano or Cuban Black Tobacco has been considered the best in the world because of the unique growing conditions in some areas of the Island. This distinction remains incontestably valid after more than five centuries.

The heart of the distinction is the tobacco and its taste born of a combination of four factors that exist only in Cuba: the soil, the climate, the varieties of Cuban black tobacco seed and the know-how of the tobacco growers and cigar makers. Other places may have acquired some Cuban skills, even some Cuban seeds, but never the natural gifts of the Cuban soil and the Cuban climate. These you will find nowhere else.

Nor will you find anything that matches the centuries-old culture of cultivating Cuban tobacco: the extraordinary labour that the tobacco farmer invests in his crop; the months and years of patient waiting before his leaf is deemed fit for a Habano.

A further distinction lies in the definition of the term “Habanos”. All Habanos are Cuban, but by no means all Cuban cigars are Habanos.

Habanos s.a. 2020 cuban cigars releases

Some of the new cigars coming out of Cuba.

Edición Limitada 2020

Partagás Legado — 157 mm / 6.2″ x 48 — Boxes of 25

 

Reserva

Bolivar Belicosos Finos — 140 mm / 5.51″ x 52 — 5,000 Boxes of 20

 

La Casa del Habano Exclusives

Montecristo Herederos — 162 mm / 6.4″ x 47 — Boxes of 20

Juan Lopez Selección Especial — 170 mm / 6.7″ x 52 — Boxes of 25

 

Regular Production

Romeo y Julieta Linea de Oro Dianas — 145 mm / 5.7″ x 52 — Boxes of 20

Romeo y Julieta Linea de Oro Hidalgos — 125 mm / 4.9″ x 57 — Boxes of 20

Romeo y Julieta Linea de Oro Nobles — 135 mm / 5.3″ x 56 — Boxes of 20

 

Special Release

Hoyo de Monterrey Primaveras — 167 mm / 6.6″ x 48 — Boxes of 18

Partagas 175th Anniversary Tropicales Humidor — 175 mm / 6.8″ x 54 — Humidor of 50

HABANOS, S.A. PRESENTS THE WORLD PREVIEW OF THE RAMON ALLONES ALLONES No.2 LIMITED EDITION

  • Allones No. 2 is the third Limited Edition of the prestigious Habanos Ramón Allones brand
  • This new release was presented at an event held by Hunters & Frankau, the exclusive Habanos, S.A. distributor in the United Kingdom, and for the first time ever in the history of Limited Editions, it was showcased virtually
  • The wrapper, filler and binder leaves carefully selected for the production of Allones No. 2, made  Totalmente a Mano con Tripa Larga “– Totally Handmade with Long Filler-, come from the renowned Vuelta Abajo * area, in the region of Pinar del Río *, Cuba*. These have undergone a minimum two-year ageing process to achieve a rich flavour and aroma for the enjoyment of the most demanding Habanos aficionados.

     

    Ramón Allones has been one of the most famous Habanos brands since its foundation in 1837, and is also one of the oldest in the Habanos, S.A. portfolio. The brand is celebrated for being the first to present its Habanos in decorated boxes, starting a tradition that continues to be appreciated by aficionados to this day. These Habanos are characterised by their intense and complex flavour, making them immediately recognisable and one of those most appreciated by lovers of these premium cigars.

  • Ramón Allones Allones No. 2 (“Vitola de Galera”-Factory Name- Campanas, 52 ring gauge x 140 mm long) is marketed in a unique, elegant, dark-green box designed especially for the brand, holding 10 Habanos.

AVO Cigars in Australia

SAVOR EVERY NOTE

In 1983, when Avo’s daughter Karyn was born, he went to Switzerland for her christening. Avo had a Cuban cigar after the meal and was not happy with the price.[4] His friend mentioned that they should make their own. Uvezian traveled to the Dominican Republic, where he searched for two years for a satisfactory production facility. Avo finally met Hendrik Kelner, and after smoking samples, Avo offered Kelner twenty-five percent more than he had originally offered. His presumption was that paying Kelner more would ensure that Avo cigars would receive the best tobacco. Michael Roux advised Avo to use attractive packaging. In the first year, 120,000 Avo cigars were sold. By the third year, Avo sold over 750,000 cigars. In 1995, Davidoff paid Avo Uvezian an estimated $10 million for the rights to distribute his cigars. In 1996, more than two million Avo cigars were sold.

Shared experiences are at the heart of everything AVO. From moments worth remembering , to stories worth telling and notes worth savoring, an AVO Night is one filled with friendship. music, laughter, strengh of character and generosity of spirit

To share a moment with AVO is to immerse yourself in a merging of exotic flavors and cultures; in a timeless appreciation for the classics; in spontaneity, guided by inspiration. And within each cigar, you will find a unique experience, a shared moment, a thing worth remembering and passing on to friends both old and new. AVO will arrive soon and will be exclusively available from Corporate Cigar Company in Sydney Australia.

Gurkha Lands in Australia – The land down under.

Steeped in legend and history, the Gurkha Cigar,created more than a century ago…

In 1989, Hansotia decided to resurrect a cigar brand rich in tradition and steeped in legend and history. Gurkha Cigars were created more than a century ago and were known for their meticulously and artisanally handcrafted cigars but when Hansotia revived the brand, there was no way he could have known that the cigar industry was about to experience a boom and he would have the perfect product to attract the new cigar consumer. In realizing that there were no super premium cigars, he created the association with elegance that cigars have become known for. In reviving Gurkha, Hansotia created cigars that were not a necessity, but rather a luxury and an indulgence.

Today, Gurkha makes cigars for all price points and all palettes but when it began Gurkha cigars were unlike other cigars in the market and that they came in highly ornate packaging and with a steep price tag. Hansotia felt that there was a market for more luxurious and exclusive cigars for those with tastes for only the finer and more elusive products. In focusing on this segment Hansotia created the ultra premium cigar category. Corporate Cigar Australia will launch the Gurkha Brand in coming months.

Habanos, S.A. redesigns its brand José L. Piedra

The Habanos brand JLP, is presented with a new and more modern image. The logo is simplified and combined with the actual design of the bands and historical trimmings, gaining a better look and a fresh image.

Right now, the new image is mainly focused in the packagings and image of the brand and in the future we will apply also the bands.

Along with the redesigning of the brand, the bundles will be modified from 25 to 12 units, adapting our product to the markets’ needs

In the particular case of José L. Piedra Petit Caballeros is presented with the new image, the 12 units bundles and the 15 units display with cardboard cases of 3 Habanos each

 

his pack and image changes will be gradually arriving to the market in which both designs will be coexisting at the same time. Uniformity in the market will appear as the product with old image runs out.

Worldwide Premiere in Paris for the new Quai d’Orsay Limited Edition 2019

The second of the 2019 Edición Limitada releases will go on sale later this week.

Quai d’Orsay Senadores Edición Limitada 2019, a 6 3/16 (157mm) x 48 grand corona.

Quai d’Orsay’s history with France is extensive. The brand actually came about as a request from Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, the then-minister of finance, in 1973. He wondered why there was no French cigar and so Cubatabaco made a French cigar, named after the wharf where the offices of a French tobacco company were located.

Since then, the brand has had its best sales in France and the country has received the bulk of the Quai d’Orsay Edición Regional releases to date. As such, it’s no surprise that the Senadores—the first Edición Limitada for Quai d’Orsay—will debut in France.

This new Limitada will be available in Australia by Corporate Cigar Company. The leading Cuban Cigar Specialist for over 20 yrs.

Montecristo Supremos Limited Edition 2019

HABANOS S.A. Launches Its World Premiere of the Montecristo Supremos Limited Edition in Italy

 

The Montecristo brand owes its name to the novel “The Count of Montecristo” by Alexandre Dumas. This is one of the most renowned and appreciated Habanos brands worldwide. This benchmark for Habanos flavour was first introduced in the Cuban magazine “Habano” in 1935. Thanks to its distinguished aroma and its “Long Filler” vitolas made totally by hand with leaves from the Vuelta Abajo* region, this Habano has captivated the most experienced smokers. Montecristo progressively began completing its portfolio, originally made up of only five vitolas, gradually filling out an offer that currently covers the tastes of the most demanding smokers. Today, the brand has vitolas ranging from the majestic Montecristo A, to other smaller formats such as the Montecristo Joyitas.

Limited Editions Habanos are highly appreciated and anticipated by cigar enthusiasts every year, and even more so when this is a new vitola from one of the world’s benchmark Habano brands.

Montecristo Supremos, with a 55 x 130 mm, is the Montecristo with the heaviest ring gauge launched to date.  The Montecristo Supremos will be available in Australia on the 1st May by Corporate Cigar Australia.

HUMI-SMART 2-WAY HUMIDITY CONTROL

HUMI-SMART 2-WAY HUMIDITY CONTROL provides a perfectly stable relative humidity (RH) for the storage of a variety of products. Our packs are designed for cigars, tobacco, herbal medicine, cannabis, food storage, spices & nuts, wood instruments, electronics, document and photo storage, and much more!

Say goodbye to too wet and too dry.

HUMI-SMART’s 2-way humidity control technology responds to the environment you place it in—either releasing or absorbing moisture as needed to ensure the optimal environment for everything from your favorite pantry items to rare cigars.

Safe, all organic minerals and plant based fibers are 100% non-toxic.

All of our products are FDA-approved, spill- and tear-resistant, biodegradable and non-toxic. Plus, they’re 100% all organic minerals and plant based fibers—so they won’t alter the taste of your pantry items, cannabis or rare cigars—and are made with food-grade approved ink.

Stop playing the guessing game.

Every HUMI-SMART 2-way humidity pack includes a Replacement Indicator Card. Simply replace the current HUMI-SMART pack when the PINK dot on the Humidity Indicator Card turns BLUE.

Humidity control that adapts to your needs.

Whether you live on a humid coast or in a landlocked desert,  HUMI-SMART 2-way humidity packs respond and adapt to the environment they’re placed in, creating optimal moisture levels with minimal work.

Specificaly designed for:

 

Cigars & Tobacco Products

Wood Instruments

Medicinal Cannabis and Recreational Marijuana (where legal)

Documents and Photography

 

HOYO DE MONTERREY DOUBLE CORONAS GRAN RESERVA COSECHA 2013

This is the first Gran Reserva in its Double Coronas vitola of Hoyo de Monterrey.

The filler, binder and wrapper leaves used in this Gran Reserva have undergone a five-year ageing process. At the XXI Edition of the Habanos Festival, the first Gran Reserva Cosecha 2013 of the Hoyo de Monterrey brand was presented in its iconic vitola Double Coronas (49 ring gauge x 194 mm length).
With this launch, Hoyo de Monterrey inaugurates the concept of Gran Reserva within the brand after having presented its first Reserva in 2016 with the Epicure No. 2 vitola.
Gran Reserva Hoyo de Monterrey Double Coronas Cosecha 2013, is an exclusive production of 5,000 numbered cases.
Among the brand’s regular portfolio, the Epicure Especial vitola stands out, which was presented in 2008 following the success as a Limited Edition in 2004 and which, together with the Epicure No. 1 and the Epicure No. 2, make up a line with a differentiated presentation. In 2018, it also presented a special edition for the La Casa del Habano network of specialist stores and Corporate Cigar Australia.

New Cuban Trinidads Hit Global Market

Two new Trinidad cigars from  Habanos S.A. have arrived in cigar shops all over the world. First announced earlier this year at the Habanos Festival, the Trinidad Topes and Trinidad Media Luna are now on sale. The Topes, which measures 4 7/8 inches long by 56 ring gauge, might look familiar, as the size first appeared as a 2016 Edición Limitada. Now it’s part of the regular-production lineup of Trinidad. The Media Luna is a smaller smoke, which measures 4 1/2 by 50. Both cigars have the pigtail cap—a hallmark of the Trinidad brand—and each cigar comes in boxes of 12.

A third new size, the Esmerelda (5 3/4 by 53) has yet to appear in stores. There’s no word from Habanos as to when it’s scheduled to ship, but retailers don’t expect to see it before the new year. Corporate Cigar Australia will be the first to have all 3 cigars by Christmas this year.

HABANOS, S.A. PRESENTS AN EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF THE H. UPMANN MAGNUM 56 JAR AT CANNES

Habanos, S.A. has presented the H. Upmann Magnum 56 Jar at The Duty Free & Travel Retail Global Summit held in Cannes, a new exclusive product for these two distributing channels.

The jar contains 20 units of the Magnum 56 (ring gauge 56 x 150 mm length) vitola of the prestigious H. Upmann brand.This vitola belongs to the brand considered to be the benchmark of the more refined Habanos and is launched in the market in a 20-unit jar containing Habanos made “Totalmente a Mano con Tripa Larga” – Totally by Hand with Long Filler – from leaves specially selected by expert Cuban torcedores –cigar rollers- from the Vuelta Abajo* area in Pinar del Río*, considered to be the best tobacco-growing region in the world.

The Magnum 56 vitola is a Habano featuring a heavy ring gauge following current trends of Habano lovers and has a smooth to medium-strength flavour that characterises this brand’s blend

A special mention must be made of Herman Upmann, the creator of the H. Upmann 1844 brand. A German banker whose love for Habanos led him to settle in Havana in 1840 where he founded a bank and a Habanos factory. The bank closed, but his Habanos brand remains to this day, and is considered to be an example of the most refined Habanos, with a smooth to medium-strength flavour. The gold medals adorning the box were won by the brand in no less than eleven international fairs throughout the nineteenth century and are a distinctive element of its presentation. With a vitola range characterised by its mild to medium flavour, the Linea Magnum Habanos are highly recognisable.

 

 

The three new vitolas have been announced for Trinidad Cigars for 2019

Trinidad 2019 Releases

Not many images have been released (except for the Trinidad Topes, which was the Limited Edition in 2016). For what we could see already, the cigars will have big Ring Gauges. The smallest Ring Gauge is 50 from the Media Luna. Trinidad Topes is a 56 Ring Gauge and the Trinidad Esmeralda 54 Ring Gauge.

All three cigars, as expected, will have the famous and convenient Trinidad Pigtail, in case you forget your cigar cutter. The band remains apparently untouched (Standard Band B, c2003 -current)

The Trinidad Cigars have remained the same strength wise. It is a medium cigar that can reach the medium-full levels along the way.

Sizes

Trinidad Topes: 56 Ring Gauge x 125mm
Trinidad Media Luna: 50 Ring Gauge x 115mm
Trinidad Esmeralda: 54 Ring Gauge x 145mm

These cigars will soon be available at Corporate Cigar.

In the spirit of Avo Uvezian’s undying passion for exploration 2019

AVO

IN THE SPIRIT OF AVO UVEZIAN’S UNDYING PASSION FOR EXPLORATION, CHANCE ENCOUNTERS AND UNEXPECTED CONNECTIONS, TWO UNIQUE BLENDS HAVE BEEN CRAFTED – EACH ONE INSPIRED BY THE RESPECTIVE COASTAL REGION IN THE UNITED STATES. AND EACH BLEND OFFERING A SINGULAR AND NOTEWORTHY EXPERIENCE FOR EVERY AFICIONADO.

Regional West Edition –  Belicoso 5.5 inch x 52  10s

Regional East Edition – Perfecto 6 inch x 53  10s

Limited Boxes Made for the World.

 

 

 

History of Partagas

History of Partagas

Partagás Serie D No.4
The Catalan Don Jaime Partagás y Ravelo (Arenys de Mar, 1816 – Vuelta abajo, Cuba, 1868) was the son of Jaume Partagás (tailor) and Teresa Ravelo.[1] He migrated to Cuba in 1831 and worked for Lloret de Mar businessman, Joan Conill in Havana.[1] Establishing his own factory, La Flor de Tabacas de Partagás in 1845, at 1 Cristina St.[2] in Havana (later relocated to Calle Industria), Don Jaime owned many of the best plantations in the Vuelta Abajo tobacco-growing region of Cuba.[1] Don Jaime’s ability to choose from among the finest tobaccos on the island, and an instinct for blending and fermenting tobaccos made the brand incredibly successful.[1] Don Jaime is also legendarily credited with hiring one of the first lectors to read to and entertain the cigar rollers as they worked.

Don Jaime was murdered on one of his plantations in 1868[2] and his son José Partagás took over the business.[1] Later the factory and brand were sold to banker José A. Bances.[1] In 1899, Bances invited Ramón Cifuentes Llano (1854-1938), a talented tabaquero from Ribadesella Spain – to join him as partner.[1] Bances sold his remaining shares to Cifuentes the following year.[1] Cifuentes took over management of Partagás with José Fernández López and was joined in 1916 by the Galician vegas owner and leaf wholesaler, Francisco Pego Pita, who in turn sold the company to Cifuentes, Fernández y Cía in 1900.[1] In 1916, Don José Fernández left the firm and Ramón Cifuentes Llano joined with Francisco Pego Pita to form Cifuentes, Pego y Cía.[1] In 1927, it acquired the rights to the Ramón Allones brand; at some unknown point the factory began to produce a brand in its own name, Cifuentes.

Ramón Cifuentes Llano died in 1938 and Pego in 1940, leaving his three sons in charge of Partagas. Ramón Cifuentes Toriello and his two brothers continued to build the increasingly prestigious factory and brand, and renamed the company Cifuentes y Cía. In 1954, the Cifuentes family acquired the Bolívar and La Gloria Cubana brands from José F. Rocha and moved their production to the Cifuentes factory. By 1958 Partagás was second only to the H. Upmann company in exporting Cuban cigars, accounting for over a quarter of all exported tobacco goods.

On September 15, 1960, Fidel Castro’s revolutionary Cuban government seized 16 cigar factories, including the Partagas factory and related assets.[3] At 6:30PM, soldiers entered the Partagas fabrica and encountered Ramón Cifuentes Toriello.[3] “They came inside and said, ‘We’re here to intervene the company,’ Cifuentes recalled in 1991. “And they didn’t allow me to take anything from there.”[3] The Partagás brand was later selected for continued production under Cuban state government control, first by Cubatobaco and later Habanos S.A.

Before and after the Cuban Revolution, the Cuban-produced Partagás has continued to be one of Cuba’s best-selling cigar brands. By the middle 1990s it was second in sales only to Montecristo, with annual sales of approximately 10 million cigars.[4]

The old Partagás Factory in Havana, since renamed “Francisco Pérez Germán”, was responsible for the production of much of the brand until it was relocated 3km from Havana Vieja. A new factory now produces most vitolas. Both locations are popular tourist destinations for cigar smokers vacationing in Cuba.[4] The move to the new factory took place on January 2, 2012.[2]

In 2002, Altadis bought a controlling share in the Cuban government-owned cigar distributor, Habanos SA, and instituted a number of changes in cigar production. Among them was gradually turning the various brands of Cuban cigars to either all-handmade or all-machine-made lines, reducing the number of redundant sizes within a brand, and eliminating many low-selling cigars. Many of Partagás lesser-known handmade and all machine-made cigars were cut from production. Today, all Cuban Partagás cigar vitolas are hand-made.

Since the introduction of the Edición Limitada annual releases, Partagás has produced a special size almost every year: the Pirámide in 2000, the Serie D No. 3 in 2001, the Serie D No. 2 in 2003, the Serie D No. 1 in 2004, a reissue of the Serie D No. 3 in 2006, and the Serie D No. 5 in 2008. In 2005, Partagás introduced a pyramid, the Serie P No. 2.

Ref: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia

Hoyo de Monterrey – The Name

In 1831, Don José Gener y Batet emigrated to Cuba from Spain at the age of thirteen, where he worked on his uncle’s plantation in Vuelta Abajo. Twenty years later, he would open his own cigar factory in Havana and begin producing his own cigar line, La Escepción. In 1865, after using his factory’s profits to acquire one of the best tobacco farms in Vuelta Abajo, he registered a cigar line named for it: Hoyo de Monterrey.

Literally translated from Spanish to English as “the Hole of Monterrey” in reference to the concave terrain favoured by growers of premium tobacco, the brand became incredibly popular, especially in the British market and José Gener’s factory subsequently became one of the largest factories in Cuba. In 1900, Gener died in Spain and his daughter Lutgarda Gener took over the business and it would stay in the family for another thirty years.

In 1931, the Gener family sold their cigar brands in order to focus more on their sugarcane properties. The firm of Fernández, Palicio y Cía bought the Hoyo de Monterrey and La Escepción brands and added them to their impressive line-up, which already included Punch and Belinda. Around this time, in the 1940s, the Le Hoyo series (along with the Chateaux series which would later be used to create the Davidoff cigar line) was created for Swiss distributor A. Dürr Co. After the death of partner Ramón Fernández, Fernando Palicio became sole proprietor of the business and by 1958 his cigar lines accounted for 13% of all Havana cigar exports.

After the revolutionary government of Cuba unilaterally stole all the cigar manufactures in 1959, Fernando Palicio voluntarily left Cuba for Florida. He subsequently sold his cigar lines to the Villazon family, which continued to make Punch, Hoyo de Monterrey and Belinda cigars in their Tampa, Florida factory from Honduran tobacco for the American market.

Hoyo de Monterrey continued production in Cuba and in Honduras and is still a popular, globally marketed Cuban cigar line. Among connoisseurs, the Epicure No. 2, Double Coronas and Le Hoyo series are particularly prized.

Being a globally marketed brand, Hoyo de Monterrey has been chosen for Habanos’ annual Edición Limitada releases since 2000. The Particular had some production problems during the first Edición Limitada line-up in 2000, with few of the cigars getting out to vendors. This prompted Habanos to release it again the next year, the only Edición Limitada cigar so far to have had this happen. In 2004, a new size was added to the Hoyo de Monterrey line, the Petit Robusto, which also wore a slightly redesigned Hoyo de Monterrey cigar band.

Ref: Wikipedia

Cuba’s New US$258 Montecristo

The Cuban Montecristo Gran Pirámides, part of the limited Colección Habanos series, have finally started to reach retail shops across the globe—and they’re not cheap.

Although this release is technically the 2017 edition, shop owners have only begun to see them this month. At 6 1/4 inches by 57 ring gauge, the Montecristo Gran Pirámide is a longer, thicker and beefed up version of the classic Montecristo No. 2, (6 1/8 by 52). The cigars come 20 per box.

Like all cigars in the Colección Habanos series, the Gran Pirámides are packaged in a box that looks like a book. Each release is called a tomo, or volume. “Overdue, but worth the wait,” said Mitchell Orchant, managing director of C.Gars Ltd. in London. He owns many shops throughout the U.K. including a La Casa del Habano shop in Chester, England. “It’s not easy to keep up with the new releases, as there seems to be little pattern to what we get and when we get them, but at least when we do finally get them, demand outstrips supply.”

Only 2,000 boxes were produced, and as you can probably surmise, a Cuban release this limited can be quite expensive. London’s James J. Fox store sells the Montecristo Gran Pirámides for £4,000 (about $5,175) per box, which averages out to around £200 per cigar, or about US$258 each.

That’s a pricey pirámide. Habanos S.A., the Cuban monopoly and global distributor of Cuban cigars, started this program in 2001 with the Cuaba Salamones. It has released a new Colección Habanos cigar almost every year since.

 

 

Romeo y Julieta Churchills Añejados in tubes

Habanos Añejados have been aged in Cuba, in perfect conditions of preservation, with an ageing for a minimum of ten years
Romeo y Julieta Churchills añejados in tubes will be available in all points of sales around the world in the next weeks
Habanos, S.A. , presents to the market its new Añejados special production, Romeo y Julieta Churchills in tubes.

Habanos, S.A. for the first time, presents inside its special production of Añejados introduced in 2014 , an already existing vitola within the portfolio of the brand.

Romeo y Julieta initiated the Añejados concept with the vitola Pirámides (52 ring gauge x 156 mm length).

The Churchills vitola, one of the most appreciated , emblematic and well known within the brand is the one selected for this special production. It is an offer for those who like medium ring gauges and medium flavour Habanos

Romeo y Julieta Churchills (47 ring gauge x 178 mm length) is presented in tubes, with limited quantities and unique launching with an ageing process of 10 years in perfect conditions of preservation, which has enabled them to gain shades and complexity without losing their initial organoleptic characteristics.

Through the natural ageing process the cigar has become rounder and mellower to the palate, getting touches of wood taste thanks to the years of rest with the cedar protecting it.

Romeo y Julieta Churchills Añejados in tubes is presented in a protective case which covers its 25 units original box, with double ring, external stick with the legend “Añejados” and with a vitolina describing the concept. On the bottom of the box the date when the Habanos were made can be verified. ¨Revisado¨(checked) is also stamped on the bottom of the box, since 100% of the boxes and all the cigars have been checked one by one.

Romeo y Julieta Churchills Añejados will be available in the points of sales around the world in the next weeks.

Romeo y Julieta Churchills Añejados

Brand: Romeo y Julieta

Commercial size: Churchills

Factory name: Julieta no.2

Measures: 47ring gauge (18,65 mm mm) x 178 mm length

Presentations: SBN of 25 units.

The New Partagás Maduro No.1

Habanos S.A. is unveiling the new Partagás Maduro No.1 (ring gauge 52 x 130 mm long), a vitola that introduces a new series featuring a ripe wrapper within the brand that hits the market packed in a 25-unit Semi Boite Nature box. Partagás Maduro No.1 –is slated to get to sale outlets around the world in coming days- offers smokers all the taste and intensity this celebrated brand has to offer, but now with a very special wrapper handpicked from among the finest upper leaves of shade-grown tobacco plants that, following an additional fermentation process, have developed an intense texture and color that round out the strong blend of the Maduro No. 1.

All habanos belonging to the Partagás brand are completely rolled by hand with long filler, leaves selected from Vuelta Abajo –the world’s best tobacco area- in the region of Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Moreover, Partagás Maduro No.1 adds a new and luring product design, featuring a slapjack and brown side ribbon, plus a strip of the same color on the brand’s traditional band and with the name of this vitola stamped on it.

Sales of Partagás Maduro No.1 will be exclusive for the Casa del Habano franchise network and for Habanos Specialists outlets around the globe. Brand: Partagás Store Vitola: Maduro No. 1 Factory Vitola: Maduro No. 1 Sizes: Ring gauge 52 x 130 long

MONTECRISTO 80 Aniversario. Special Commemorative Edition

Montecristo, one of Habanos S.A.’s most recognized brands around the world, has decided to present smokers with a special and one-of-a-kind vitola to mark its 80th anniversary. Montecristo 80 Aniversario was specially selected by Habanos S.A. to commemorate the foundation of this larger-than-life brand back in 1935.

The 20 habanos in this exclusive edition have been “completely hand-rolled with long filler”, following a selection of exquisite filler, binder and wrapper leaves from the finest tobacco plantations of Vuelta Abajo* (D.O.P.). The vitola and the blend, especially strong, have been designed for smokers who prefer intense tastes.

The Montecristo 80 Aniversario is unique, with special sizes unseen in any other product within the Habanos’ regular vitola portfolio, since it’s been specially devised to lure smokers who prefer thick ring-gauge habanos of exquisite, well-balanced and intense blend. This commemorative edition comes in an exclusively designed box made with Cuba’s finest softwood, featuring a fancy brown-glazed finish and all the edges beautifully beveled.

The box lid sports the Montecristo round seal on top, inspired in the band design that stands out for its bright gilt shades. This edition’s habanos also feature an exclusive and innovative presentation. For this occasion, the brand’s band is fully finished in gold, coupled with a second band that proudly depicts the edition’s motif: 80 Aniversario.

Montecristo is the best known and perhaps the most coveted habano brand, penciled in by many as the taste benchmark among all Cuban cigars. It was named after the character in “The Count of Montecristo” novel penned by Alejandro Dumas, a highly acclaimed literary work among cigar rollers at the H. Upmann factory in Havana, where the brand was founded in 1935. Its exquisite blend is exclusively made with leaves hailing from Vuelta Abajo, the land of the world’s best tobacco.

Its two blends –the original, featuring a mild-to-strong taste, and the mild strength of the Open line- deliver a distinct aroma that continues to captivate both the most seasoned smokers and those who are cutting their teeth in the realm of habanos.

Trinidad – The Golden Wedding

Only since 1998, it became available to smokers from all over the world, but in limited quantities, and since then it has continued to captivate demanding enthusiasts of the Habano realm.

Founded in 1969, Trinidad shows off that 50 years under its “band” is far from being a moment of nostalgia, but rather a time for resurgence and a chance to celebrate the addition of two new vitolas: Esmeralda (ring gauge 53 x 145 mm long), Media Luna (ring gauge 50 x 115 mm long) and Topes (ring gauge 56 x 125 mm long).

The first two are newcomers in the regular portfolio of Habanos; while the latter was presented as part of the 2016 Limited Edition with good acclaim and with the addition of ring gauge 56 for the first time in the brand’s portfolio. With Trinidad’s medium strength and great aroma, these vitolas are distinguished for having been totally made by hand with long filler, following a careful selection of wrapper, filler and binder leaves from the best tobacco plantations of ​​Vuelta Abajo* of the Pinar del Río* region in Cuba*.

The name of the brand is a tribute to the town of Santa Trinidad (Holy Trinity), whose origin dates back to the 16th century on the island nation’s south coast, which was declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Although still in its early going as compared to other Habano brands, Trinidad expanded its vitola stock back in 2003 with the release of Reyes, Coloniales and Robusto Extra. A much modern image was also introduced, coinciding with the extraordinary quality of its Habanos. And in 2014, the new Vigia vitola (ring gauge 54 x 110 mm long), jumped on the bandwagon.

Presented now in the classic Semi Boite Nature (SBN) varnished box, each with 12 units, Esmeralda Trinity, Media Luna and Topes step onto the limelight of the 21st Habano Festival to give a sophisticated option to those who like thick ring-gauge and short-burning cigars to puff on. Let’s light up one of these Habanos and to celebrate the vitality of its first half a century of existence. * DOP (Protected Appellation of Origin) Trinidad Esmeralda:

This vitola is added to the regular portfolio of the brand with the suggestive name of “Esmeralda”, representing one of the best known streets of the city of Trinidad. BRAND: Trinity STORE VITOLA: Esmeralda FACTORY VITOLA: Dinoras SIZES: ring gauge 53 (21.03) x 145 mm long PRESENTATION: 12-unit SBN box Media Luna Trinidad (ring gauge 50 x 115 mm long): It is a vitola with excellent sizes for those fans who like thick ring-gauge Habanos with a short burning period.

Media Luna is named after a hostel of great architectural values located in the like-name street of Trinidad. BRAND: Trinity STORE VITOLA: Media Luna FACTORY VITOLA: Marinas SIZES: ring gauge 50 (19.84) x 115 mm long PRESENTATION: 12-unit SBN box Trinidad Topes (ring gauge 56 x 125 mm long):

It was launched as a Limited Edition back in 2016 and got tremendous acclaim for its new size and medium flavor. The vitola broke into the ring gauge 56 within the brand’s portfolio. BRAND: Trinidad STORE VITOLA: Topes FACTORY VITOLA: Topes SIZES: ring gauge 56 (22.23) x 125 mm long PRESENTATION: 12-unit SBN box

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