These mareva sized cigars – 5 1/8″ (129mm) x 42 ring gauge – are presented in tins of five and are the second of two products to be released by Habanos S.A under the ‘Linea Retro’ title, following on from the Romeo y Julieta Club Kings earlier in the year.
The retro metal tin, inspired by pocket cigar cases that were much in vogue in the 1970s, makes these new additions eminently portable and quite stylish. The original 1970’s cases are now much sought after by collectors around the world, fetching high prices at auction.
These cigars have been rolled to the distinct full-flavoured blend that has made Partagas such a favourite over the years and have been made “totalmente a mano con tripa larga”- totally handmade with long filler. All of the filler, binder and wrapper leaves used in making these cigars are harvested from the best tobacco-growing plantation in the Vuelta Abajo area in Pinar del Río, Cuba.
Considered one of the truly great smokes in modern times, the Lusitania is a benchmark Havana cigar for many aficionados. This release does not disappoint. Sophistication and nuance have been added to the formidable and fiery reputation this cigar rightly owns.
FLAVOUR: Full VITOLA: Prominente RING GAUGE: 49 LENGTH: 7 5/8 Inches / 194mm
The Partagás Lusitania, Gran Reserva has been released in the UK and is available throughout the network of Havana Cigar Specialists.
This extremely limited production cigar comes in 5,000 lacquered boxes containing 15 cigars (only 75,000 cigars have been produced for the global market). The blend has been devised by Arnaldo Bichot, the master blender at the Partagás Cigar Factory. The wrapper, binder and filler leaves were harvested in 2007 and then subjected to a long and thorough aging process.
The 2007 harvest actually began in December 2006 and finished in March 2007. Each of the five types of leaf used to make this cigar (three in the filler, one for the binder and the last for the wrapper) underwent the standard curing, sorting, fermentation and classification processes that take up to twelve months to complete. Then they were packed into bales to mature gradually during the last nine months of 2008, all of 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, and the first three months of 2013.
The idea of special productions of Cuban cigars made from aged leaves is not new. Ediciones Limitadas, first released in 2000 were originally dressed in wrappers that had been aged for two years, rather than the standard six months. Since 2007 all of the tobaccos used in these cigars, including filler and binder, have been aged for two years.
The start of 2004 saw the release of the first Reserva, the Cohiba Selección Reserva, a selection of five different vitolas that had been produced using tobaccos that had been aged for three years. Since then there have been three more Reserva releases, each in 5,000 numbered boxes of 20 cigars, 100,000 cigars in total. 2005 saw the release of the Partagás Serie D No. 4, 2007 the Montecristo No. 4 and 2012) saw the introduction of the Romeo y Julieta Churchill (released in 2013).
To date there has only been two previous Gran Reservas. 2009 saw the launch of the Cohiba Siglo VI Gran Reserva, then in 2011 it was the turn of the Montecristo No.2 (released in 2012). Now, in 2013 the Partagás Lusitania assumes its rightful place in this exalted canon
The classic Pirámides shape delivers rich, full bodied Partagas flavour, a popular combination upon its release. The vitola was later revived in 2005 with the introduction of the Serie P No.2 to the classic range of the brand.
FLAVOUR: Full VITOLA: Piramide RING GAUGE: 52 LENGTH: 6 1/8 Inches / 156mm
It is very unusual for a Partagas within the ‘Serie D’ range to have anything other than a 50 ring gauge. The original Serie D No.3, from the 1930’s, would have been 5 ½” x 50. However, whatever the name, the second Limited Edition release from Partagas was a feisty, full flavoured and intense smoke.
FLAVOUR: Full VITOLA: Corona Gorda RING GAUGE: 46 LENGTH: 5 5/8 Inches / 143mm
This cigar marks Bolivar’s debut on the Limited Edition stage and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. A rich and heavy but well-balanced cigar with a shape that pleasingly honours the iconic Bolivar Belicoso Fino.
FLAVOUR: Full VITOLA: Petit Belicoso RING GAUGE: 52 LENGTH: 5 Inches / 125mm
The Especial packed a serious punch when it was first launched in the UK with many early smokers noting a potential for long term ageing. The power will have somewhat rounded and mellowed over the years but there is still plenty of rich aromas left in the blend. It will continue to develop for many years to come
FLAVOUR: Full VITOLA: Gordito RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 5 1/2 Inches / 141mm
The first outing for Ramon Allones as a Limited Edition which delivered a powerful and hearty reminder as to why the brand is such a firm favourite among connoisseurs of full flavoured blends. Best enjoyed after a good meal.
FLAVOUR: Full VITOLA: Franciscos RING GAUGE: 44 LENGTH: 5 5/8 Inches / 143mm
Reminiscent of the 2010 Partagas Serie D Especial this was a very full-flavoured cigar when first released. It has had the benefit of a few years maturation and has settled down somewhat. However, it remains a robust, spicy and earthy smoke.
FLAVOUR: Full VITOLA: C No.3 RING GAUGE: 48 LENGTH: 5 1/2 Inches / 140mm
Sharing its dimensions with the H. Upmann Magnum 50 the dimensions of the Selección Privada provides ample time to enjoy the full flavours and rich aromas that Havana’s bestselling full flavoured cigar brand has to offer. The cigars are presented in dressed boxes of 10.
FLAVOUR: Full VITOLA: Magnum 50 RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 6 ¼ Inches / 161mm
A toothsome yet also somewhat rustic cigar that has its bold full flavoured bend expertly tempered by its bitter sweet wrapper. Adorned with a specially created second band bearing the name of the cigar.
FLAVOUR: Full VITOLA: Club Allones RING GAUGE: 47 LENGTH: 5 ⅜ Inches / 135mm
The Duke vitola (size) was first made famous by the R&J Duke from 2009 but is perhaps best known as the format of the Partagas Serie E No.2. This is just the second time that Bolivar has been selected to produce a Limited Edition and has proved very popular with lovers of full flavoured Havanas.
FLAVOUR: Full VITOLA: Duke RING GAUGE: 54 LENGTH: 5 1/2 Inches / 140mm
Sharing its dimensions with the R&J Wide Churchill and being named after a plush part of West London gives this cigar a particularly English feel. There is even a statue of Simon Bolivar in Belgrave Square, Belgravia, where the cigar was introduced for the first time.
YEAR: 2015 FLAVOUR: Full VITOLA: Montesco RING GAUGE: 55 LENGTH: 5 1/5 Inches / 130mm
Although only 3 1/2 inches (90mm) long, this cigar has all the hallmarks of the Partagas brand. It is a rich, earthy, peppery and powerful as you would expect from Havana's most popular full flavoured cigar brand.
VITOLA: D No.6 RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 3 1/2 inches - 90 mm FLAVOUR: Full
Following the success of a limited edition version of this size in 2008 the Serie D No.5 joined the ranks of Partagas’s standard sizes in 2011. Its tobacco leaves are selected and aged according to the normal criteria for the brand.
VITOLA: D No.5 RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 4 3/8 inches - 110 mm FLAVOUR: Full
A legendary Cuban size named after the way the cigars were presented in a box of twenty-five; eight in the top row, nine in the middle and eight on the bottom. Partagas has made this elegant size its own.
VITOLA: Dalia RING GAUGE: 43 LENGTH: 6 3/4 inches - 170 mm FLAVOUR: Full
This rare size is known as a 'Sobresalientes' within the factories of Cuba, a word which translates as 'Outstanding'in English, and its easy to see why. Big and bold, but also subtle and nuanced with a lightness of touch that surprises many people the first time they light one up.
VITOLA: Sobresalientes RING GAUGE: 53 LENGTH: 6 inches - 153 mm FLAVOUR: Full
The largest of the three cigars that comprises Montecristo's new linea 1935, the Leyanda delivers an abundance of rich, flavoursome smoke over the course of the house and a half or so it takes to enjoy. Not a cigar to be hurried and perhaps best enjoyed after a hearty meal.
VITOLA: Maravillas No.2 RING GAUGE: 55 LENGTH: 6 1/2 inches - 165 mm FLAVOUR: Full
As one would expect from a cigar brand named after such a powerful figure, this cigar is rich and full bodied. It is simply one of the richest and commanding brands within the Habanos portfolio. Although this is certainly not a cigar for the novice, these traits are what make it one of the most sought-after marques among more experienced cigar smokers.
The full gauge of the Royal Coronas (known as a Robusto within Cuban cigar factories) creates the ideal format for this muscular blend of leaves, creating a cigar of exceptional balance.
Cigar Aficionado recently reviewed this cigar, scoring it an impressive 94 out of 100 saying “Current Bolivar RCs (Royal Coronas) seem to take their inspiration from what we consider one of the golden ages for Cuban smokes, the late 1980s and early 1990s. That was when Cuban cigarmakers created and made some of their best cigars. “They also made it their Cigar Of The Year in 2006.
Min Ron NEE, in ‘An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Post Revolution Havana Cigars’ describes the royal Coronas as ‘Suave’ with ‘earthy and peppery flavours’. He goes on to add ‘Bolivar is one of my favourite brands. If I was condemned to smoke only one brand, I have no hesitation that Bolivar would be the choice’.
Commercial Name: Royal Coronas Factory Name: Robusto Dimensions: 4 7/8” (124mm) x 50 ring gauge Flavour category: Full Production method: Totally handmade using long filler with all leaves sourced from the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba Presentations: Labelled box of 25 untubed and labelled box of 10 tubed cigars
Simon Bolivar was one of the great historic figures of the 19th Century who liberated much of South America from Spanish rule.
The Bolivar brand was created in 1902 and is based today in the Partagas factory which is in the heart of Havana.
It is perhaps not surprising that a Habano named after such a powerful figure is blended to match his might. Bolivar is among the strongest, most full bodied of all Habanos. It boasts an unrivalled richness of flavour in its blend of Vuelta Abajo zone filler and binder tobacco that makes it one of the most sought-after marques amongst experienced smokers.
Length: 5 1/8" Ring Gauge: 42 Flavour: Full Vitola: Mareva
As one would expect from a brand that is named after such a powerful figure, this cigar is full bodied. Bolivar is simply one of the richest and most commanding brands within the Habanos portfolio. Although not for the novice, these traits are what make it one of the most sought-after names amongst more experienced cigar smokers.
The full gauge of the Belicoso Fino, combined with the tapered end of this Campana shape, which means “bell” in Spanish, creates the ideal format for a robust blend of leaves. The Belicoso Fino is presented either in labelled boxes or Cabinet Selection bundles of 25 cigars. The cigars in bundles are now banded.
In 2007 Cigar Aficionado described this cigar as “A gorgeous torpedo gleaming with oils. It has a near perfect draw that imparts a luxuriously textured smoke rich with profound wood and tobacco flavours”. Then, when revisiting the cigar in 2010 went on to say “The smoke has a velvety texture and is full of toast, earth and cedary flavours that cohere to a floral, herbaceous finish”. They also scored it an impressive 92 out of 100.
Min Ron NEE, in ‘An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Post Revolution Havana Cigars’ describes the Belicosos Finos as a ‘Suave Bolivar’ with ‘earthy, subtle “tangy” fruity flavours’. He goes on to add ‘Bolivar is one of my favourite brands. If I was condemned to smoke only one brand, I have no hesitation that Bolivar would be the choice’.
Commercial Name: Belicosos Finos Factory Name: Campana Dimensions: 5½” (140mm) x 52 ring gauge Flavour category: Full Production method: Totally handmade using long filler with all leaves sourced from the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba Presentations: 25-cigar Cabinet (SLB)