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.
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
They are the first of two, much delayed, products to be released under the new ‘Linea Retro’ range, with a Partagas Capitols slated for a later release.
The retro metal tin has a flip-top lid, activated by pressing the logo on the front, and has been inspired by pocket cigar cases that were much in vogue in the 1970s. The original cases are now much sought after by collectors around the world and can fetch high prices when presented at auction.
The Club Kings are a classic mareva size ( 5⅛” (129mm) x 42) and so will be familiar to fans of the R&J No.2 Tubos, the Cedros de Luxe No.3 or the classic Petit Corona. All of which share the same dimensions.
This new cigar has been rolled to Romeo y Julieta’s classic medium bodied blend and provides a stylish and immanently portable alternative.
It has also been made “Totalmente a Mano con Tripa Larga”- Totally Handmade with Long Filler – after a careful selection of filler, binder and wrapper leaves from the best tobacco-growing plantation in the Vuelta Abajo area in Pinar del Río, Cuba.
The format of this cigar, as well as its name and packaging, including the popper stud used to secure the ribbon on the box, were all originally inspired by a 1929/1930 price list published by Melbourne Hart & Co, a former British Habanos importer. A collectors item.
YEAR: 2008 FLAVOUR: Medium VITOLA: Piramide RING GAUGE: 52 LENGTH: 6 1/8 Inches / 156mm
Released in 2010, the Wide Churchill has come a long way in a short pace of time. Nowhere is that better demonstrated than with the decision to honour the vitola with a Gran Reserva release, after only five years in the standard Habanos portfolio.
FLAVOUR: Medium VITOLA: Montesco RING GAUGE: 55 LENGTH: 5 1/4 Inches / 130mm
It could be said that this cigar is an antecedent to the Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill, a 2006 release and fellow Robusto size. From the Short Churchill came the Wide Churchill and then followed the Petit Churchill. An interesting footnote in the emergence of the Churchill linea.
FLAVOUR: Medium VITOLA: Robusto RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 4 7/8 Inches / 124mm
The first time Trinidad had been selected to make a Limited Edition and, in fact, the first non-Global brand to be given the honour. This thin and elegant medium-bodied smoke encapsulates the approachable yet sophisticated style of the Trinidad brand. A favourite among many aficionados.
FLAVOUR: Medium VITOLA: Cervantes Especiale RING GAUGE: 42 LENGTH: 6 1/2 Inches / 165mm
The wide girth of the Serie D’Oro No. 2, combined with the tapered end of this “Campana” sized cigar creates the ideal foil for the clear and distinguished “woody” Punch taste. This then helps to reveal some of the more robust aspects of the brand that are often overlooked.
FLAVOUR: Medium VITOLA: Campana RING GAUGE: 52 LENGTH: 5 1/2 Inches / 140mm
Romeo y Julieta Romeo de Luxe Limited Edition 2013
Romeo y Julieta Romeo de Luxe Limited Edition 2013
Presented in varnished boxes of 10 cigars the Romeo de Luxe projects a feeling of luxury from the moment you pick a box up to the time you place the finished stub of your cigar in an ashtray. A class act from start to finish.
FLAVOUR: Medium VITOLA: Capuleto RING GAUGE: 52 LENGTH: 6 3/8 Inches / 162mm
Only the second time that Punch has been chosen for a Limited Edition. This relatively short cigar is presented in SLB boxes of 25 and delivers the classic medium-bodied aromas loved by fans of the brand.
FLAVOUR: Medium VITOLA: Hermoso Especial RING GAUGE: 48 LENGTH: 4 ¾ Inches / 120mm
Inspired by the short-live handmade Flor de Canos produced between 1988 and 1992 and in particular the legendary "short Churchill'. This cigar was a phenomenal success and great lengths were taken to faithfully recreate not only the original blend but also the original packaging, complete with the signature green ink hots tamp on the box
YEAR: 2010 FLAVOUR: Medium VITOLA: Petit Robusto RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 4 Inches / 102mm
After the success of the 2010 Short Robusto, this gordito provides all of the distinctive Flor de Cano flavours that proved to be so popular, but with an extra inch and a half of smoking time. Presented in unvarnished boxes of ten.
YEAR: 2013 FLAVOUR: Medium VITOLA: Gordito RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 5 1/2 Inches / 141mm
A welcome return for the extremely popular 2016 Limited Edition, but this time as a permanent addition to the classic range. A stout yet subtle and nuanced cigar brimming with Trinidad charm. Well worth looking out for
VITOLA: Topes RING GAUGE: 56 LENGTH: 5 inches /125 mm FLAVOUR: Medium
A super, small cigar offering the classic taste of Cuban leaf in an aromatic, fragrant, medium bodied style that offers immense versatility particular for matching with pre-dinner drinks. An important all rounder.
VITOLA: Reyes RING GAUGE: 40 LENGTH: 4 3/8 inches - 110 mm FLAVOUR: Medium
Presented in Semi Boite Nature (SBN) boxes of 12 cigars, each dressed with a signature pigtail cap, this is unique size within the Habanos portfolio. Perfect with a glass of champagne or a classic mojito
VITOLA: Marinas RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 4 1/2 inches - 155 mm FLAVOUR: Medium
As its name - Founder - suggests, this was the pioneer size of Trinidad launched all on its own in 1998. Widely welcomed for its innovative medium bodied fragrant blend created by master blender Raul Valladares at El Laguito.
VITOLA: Laguito Especial RING GAUGE: 40 LENGTH: 7 1/2 inches - 192 mm FLAVOUR: Medium
The largest, if not the longest Trinidad in the range this wonderful, modern Havana cigar provides at least an hour of charming and rewarding company. An instant classic upon release, this cigar already has a dedicated following among aficionados.
VITOLA: Dinora RING GAUGE: 53 LENGTH: 5 3/4 inches - 145 mm FLAVOUR: Medium
For too long there was no robusto in Romeo’s range, so the arrival of the Short Churchill in 2006 proved most welcome. It was the first medium flavoured cigar from Cuba in this popular vitola. Hardly surprising, then that it has been a huge success.
VITOLA: Robusto RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 4 7/8 inches - 124 mm FLAVOUR: Medium
2012 saw the arrival of the third and possibly the last of the additions to Romeo’s famous Churchill line. Petit Churchills join the Short and Wide Churchills to offer a range of heavy girth vitolas for all occasions
VITOLA: Petit Robusto RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 4 inches - 102 mm FLAVOUR: Medium
Romeo’s time honoured star size. The vitola dates from the early 20th century. Churchill permitted his name to be used on it from the mid 1950s. Imposing, statesmanlike; a commanding size that rewards the smoker with richly developing flavours.
VITOLA: Julieta No.2 RING GAUGE: 47 LENGTH: 7 inches - 178 mm FLAVOUR: Medium
The signature Corona Gorda size that has been a big player amongst heavy girth Havanas for five decades. You can depend upon it to deliver the vivacious notes that separate Cubans from the rest. Now in aluminium tubes.
VITOLA: Corona Gorda RING GAUGE: 46 LENGTH: 5 5/8 inches - 143 mm FLAVOUR: Medium
A majestic DC that is as close to an iconic size as you will find. It’s made alongside Hoyo’s version of the same size at Havana’s La Corona factory, but with a distinctly different taste. Develops beautifully as you smoke it.
VITOLA: Prominente RING GAUGE: 49 LENGTH: 7 5/8 inches - 194 mm FLAVOUR: Medium
A completely new figurado shape made in the image of the famous No.2, but shorter and thinner. All the smoking characteristics of its big brother are preserved in a lighter flavoured, less time consuming size.
VITOLA: Forum RING GAUGE: 46 LENGTH: 5 3/8 inches - 135 mm FLAVOUR: Medium
The Open Series made way, at last, for a Robusto size in Montecristo’s illustrious line-up. A delightful, medium bodied addition in this popular shape sporting the allimportant fleur-de-lys on its band.
VITOLA: Robusto RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 4 7/8 inches - 124 mm The Open Series made way, at last, FLAVOUR: Medium
The largest of the Montecristo Open series introduced in 2009. Its innovative 54 ring gauge format houses a different, slightly lighter tobacco blend than you find in standard Montecristos. Suits experienced and novice smokers alike
VITOLA: Geniales RING GAUGE: 54 LENGTH: 5 7/8 inches - 150 mm FLAVOUR: Medium
The unique ‘extra fermentation’ that is conducted on the Seco and Legero of all Cohibas lasts for eighteen months and is conducted at the factory in cedar barrels. This extra age creates a unique taste. The famous Cohiba flavour is most often described as ‘Grassy’, although others have noticed tones of vanilla, cocoa and coffee. It is often noted how this extra fermentation makes the taste ‘smoother’ and more refined.
Min Ron NEE, in his book An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Post-Revolution Havana Cigars says of the Siglo range “Mild, creamy sweetness, medium bean flavour, subtle ‘Cohiba’ Grassy taste, mild floral and herbal flavours.”.
The American publication Cigar Aficionado scored this cigar an impressive 93 out of 100 in a recent review, saying “Oily, firm and well made, with a fine draw and an even burn. The cigar is spicy and rich, with complex flavours of dark chocolate, coffee and leather. A full bodied masterpiece”
Line: La Linea 1492 Flavour: Medium Vitola: Mareva Ring Gauge: 42 Length: 5 1/8 Inches / 129mm
The unique ‘extra fermentation’ that is conducted on the Seco and Legero of all Cohibas lasts for eighteen months and is conducted at the factory in cedar barrels. This extra age creates a unique taste. The famous Cohiba flavour is most often described as ‘Grassy’, although others have noticed tones of vanilla, cocoa and coffee. It is often noted how this extra fermentation makes the taste ‘smoother’ and more refined. Min Ron NEE, in his book An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Post-Revolution Havana Cigars says of the Siglo range “Mild, creamy sweetness, medium bean flavour, subtle ‘Cohiba’ Grassy taste, mild floral and herbal flavours”. The American publication Cigar Aficionado scored this cigar an impressive 93 out of 100 in a recent review, saying “A lot of flavour in a small cigar. Beautifully crafted with a rich chocolate wrapper, it is soft-textured and sumptuous to smoke, with dark chocolate and spice aromas and flavours”
Line: La Linea 1492 Flavour: Medium Vitola: Perla Ring Gauge: 40 Length: 4 Inches / 102mm
The Medio Siglo, literally “Half Century” was released to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary and draws inspiration from the Linea 1492’s shortest (Siglo I at 4”, 104mm) and widest (Siglo VI at 52 ring gauge) offerings. The unique ‘extra fermentation’ that is conducted on the Seco and Legero of all Cohibas lasts for up to eighteen months and is conducted at the factory in cedar barrels. This extra age creates a unique taste. The famous Cohiba flavour is most often described as ‘Grassy’, although others have noticed tones of vanilla, cocoa and coffee. It is often noted how this extra fermentation makes the taste ‘smoother’ and more refined. Min Ron NEE, in his book “An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Post-Revolution Havana Cigars” says of the Siglo range “Mild, creamy sweetness, medium bean flavour, subtle @Cohiba’ Grassy taste, mild floral and herbal flavours... all agree the Siglo IV is the best and most well balanced”. This very modern looking cigar delivers bundles of characteristic Cohiba taste, in a format ideal for when time is short. The wide gauge helps produce an abundance of smoke that drenches the palate and rewards the smoker with an easy, rounded and yet sophisticated experience.
Line: La Linea 1492 Flavour: Medium Vitola: Medio Siglo Ring Gauge: 52 Length: 4 Inches / 102mm
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