Do not overly concern yourself if the Mille Fleur looks familiar, it shares its dimensions and blend with the ever-popular Petit Corona within the same brand.
As Juliet herself may have said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”.
Measuring 5 1/8” (129mm) x 42 ring gauge, the Mille Fleur has been produced in Cuba for over half a century. However, up until 2002 it was a machine-made cigar and not imported into the UK. Now they are all made entirely by hand using long-filler tobacco leaves, Tripa Larga – Totalmente a mano.
The French name translates into English as ‘thousand flowers’ and, as you would expect with such a name, it is a cigar with a generous floral bouquet. Serendipitously, it has arrived in the UK at the start of springtime.
Romeo y Julieta is one of the most loved and respected Habanos brands with its elegant, medium-bodied aromas blended from some of the finest tobaccos grown in the Pinar del Rio region of Cuba.
For over 150 years, H. Upmann has been famous for the exemplary balance offered by the blend of its light to medium bodied cigars. The new Connoisseur No.2 brings a modern touch to a much loved classic recipe.
The Connoisseur No.2 is a unique vitola within the Habanos portfolio and the first to boast a ring gauge of 51. The shape is known as Bohemios in the cigar factories of Cuba and measures 5 1⁄4” (134mm) in length x 51 ring gauge. It joins the Connoisseur A, B and No.1 within the H. Upmann standard portfolio
The H. Upmann Regalias is the third of four planned releases that will comprise the new Linea Retro from Habanos and, as it has been made with H. Upmann’s signature light-to-medium blend, it is the lightest in the series to date.
All four releases are Mareva size cigars (5 1/8” x 42) presented in retro tins of five, in a style fashionable during the 1970s.
Each pack is subtly different and the H. Upmann Regalias tin has a removable top, a yellow interior and a curved edge reminiscent of a hipflask.
Until its discontinuation in 2002, the H. Upmann Regalias was a machine-made cigar not found in the UK. However, it has since been reintroduced as a long-filler handmade cigar and is available for the first time in Britain in this new presentation. It is expected that labelled boxes of 25 cigars will be available in the near future.
Romeo y Julieta has released a special one-off cigar to celebrate the 2020 Chinese New Year/Spring Festival.
Themed to honour the incoming Year of the Rat, eight Maravillas 8 cigars are presented in a bespoke red lacquered box. Each cigar dressed is with a classic Romeo y Julieta band as well as an additional foot band. A branded red velvet sleeve completes the presentation.
Each cigar measures 6 1/8” (155mm) x 55 ring gauge and is referred to as a Maravillas No.3 in the factories of Cuba, sharing its dimensions with the extremely popular Montecristo 520 (2012 Edición Limitada).
As the number eight is considered an auspicious or ‘lucky’ number in Chinese culture, the Romeo y Julieta Maravilla 8 is sure to appeal directly to cigar enthusiasts from this part of the world, as well as collectors globally.
The cigar is a Maravilla No.3 vitola, the same as the Montecristo 520 2012 Limited Edition cigar, and are adorned with a second band on the foot featuring an image of a rat. A large vitola, this provides a long, enjoyable smoke.
The cigar was launched at two separate events at The Kerry Hotel in Hong Kong on 13th & 14th November and is now available worldwide. However, quantities are very limited and initial demand has been high so they may not be found on the shelves of UK cigar merchants for very long.
With Romeo y Julieta's balanced and aromatic blend of selected filler and binder leaves from the Vuelta Abajo zone, the brand is the classic medium bodied Habano. The Maravilla has great complexity to the flavour producing a beautiful white smoke. The wrappers used are stunning, and silky smooth, and the strength builds to medium full in the last third.
Length: 6 1/8" Ring Gauge: 55 Strength: Medium Vitola: Maravillas No. 3
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