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
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
A mighty cigar with a surprisingly subtle and creamy flavour. It rocketed to stardom when the second issue of Cigar Aficionado rated a late ‘80s example 99 out of 100. Still a cigar to be reckoned with.
VITOLA: Prominente RING GAUGE: 49 LENGTH: 7 5/8 inches - 194 mm FLAVOUR: Light
"Escogidos" of Hoyo de Monterrey is the vital selected by Habanos S.A. to be commercialised in 2018 through the La Casa Del Habano franchise network. These 10 Habanos are produced "Totalmente a Mano con Tripa Large" Totally Handmade with Long Filler - after an exquisite selection of the wrapper, filler and binder leaves coming from the Vuelta Abajo plantations, in the region of Pinar del Rio, Cuba.
Length: 7 1/8" Vitola: Paco Ring Gauge: 49 Strength: Light
This cigar is made exclusively for La Casa Del Habano Stores. Announced at the 2019 Habanos Festival, the San Cristobal 20th Anniversary Humidor marks two decades of the San Cristobal brand, which compared to the other brands is still young.
The 20 Aniversario measures 6 3/8 inches by 52 ring gauge and comes in a treasure chest box which holds 20 cigars.
Length: 6 3/8” Ring Gauge: 52 Strength: Light to Medium
Quai d’Orsay was created in the 1970s for the French market. The name comes from the avenue in Paris where the headquarters of SEITA was located, the former state-owned French tobacco giant.
In 2017 the brand received a total make-over which included the introduction of two new sizes (No.50 & No.54) and stylish new packaging with re-designed eye-catching cigar bands. Perhaps partly as a reflection of how well the modernisation was accepted, the brand was selected for the very first time to be part of the Habanos Limited Edition family and in 2019 the Quai D’Orsay Senadores was showcased to a global cigar audience, although arriving for sale a year later in 2020.
The Senadores are a classic Hermoso No.2 size measuring 6 1/8” (157mm) x 48 ring gauge and are presented in Special Presentation Boxes (SPB’s) of 25 cigars. They join the Montecristo Supremos and Ramon Allones Allones No.2 to complete the 2019 Habanos Limited Edition range.
About the Brand:
This brand owes its origin to the refined taste of the French market. Created in the 1970’s, the name is taken from a well-known street in Paris beside the River Seine.
Although the current range is small, all Quai d’Orsay sizes are made with a distinctive light tasting blend of filler and binder leaves from the Vuelta Abajo zone and its wrappers are mainly distinguished by their Claro (light brown) and Colorado Claro (mid brown) colours.
All sizes are ‘tripa larga, totalmente a mano’ – long filler, totally handmade.
Habanos Limited Editions are highly appreciated and anticipated by cigar enthusiasts every year, and even more so when this is a new vitolafrom one of the world’s benchmark Habano brands.
The Montecristo Supremos is the first of the much anticipated 2019 Habanos Limited Edition to be released in the UK. It is presented in a bespoke, Montecristo yellow box of 25 cigars and shares it’s dimensions with the ever-popular Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill, measuring 5 ¼” (130mm) and with a ring gauge of 55.
This is the 10th time that Montecristo, the world’s best selling Havana brand, has been called upon to produce a prestigious Limited Edition and no other brand has produced more.
Within the Limited Edition series, which began in 2000 and can now boast of having over 60 releases, there are just three cigars with a larger diameter than the Montecristo Supremos.
This medium to full bodied cigar provides an hour or so of the classic ‘tangy’ Montecristo taste, with the dark wrapper providing a slightly sweet top taste to the blend and the extra ageing of all the leaves ensuring a rounded, smooth smoke.
FLAVOUR: Medium to Full VITOLA: RING GAUGE: 55 LENGTH: 5 1/4 Inches
La Gloria Cubana Britanicas Extra Regional UK - 2017 (Released in 2020)
La Gloria Cubana Britanicas Extra Regional UK - 2017 released in 2020 Size 48 ring by 137mm Factory name: Britanicas Extra Packaging: Box 10's
Just 6,000 numbered boxes of ten cigars have been produced. Such a rare and unusual shape is not easy to make. The cigar roller needs to possess the exceptional skill to handcraft each cigar which will not only look amazing but is carefully constructed to provide a consistent blend throughout and a good draw from start to finish.
Like the Bolivar Britannica's, only the highest graded cigar rollers in Cuba were assigned the task of producing these rare masterpieces. The bands that dress these cigars are recreations of an example found in a collection in Havana. The exact date for when these bands were in use is unknown but it is estimated that they originally come from the late 1890s or the early 20th century.
Measuring 53⁄8” (137mm) x 48 ring gauge and presented in SLB’s containing 10 cigars, this extremely rare vitola was inspired by the Bolivar Britanicas(UK Habanos Regional Edition 2012) which became one of the fastest selling and most sought-after Habanos Regional Editions ever released. The La Gloria Cubana Británicas Extra resurrects the style of the vitola (albeit with two point wider girth) and offers smoking enthusiasts and collectors the opportunity to once again enjoy its unique smoking characteristics whilst exploring the medium bodied delicate aromas of the La Gloria Cubana brand. The factory name “Británicas” is applied to a unique shape in the world of Havanas. It can best be described as a “Perfecto”, but it has the distinction of a wider aperture at the foot than is customary for cigars of this type, which makes it easier to light up and get going. Why and when the name “Británicas” was chosen by the Cuban industry is unknown, but it seems certain that it was first made for the British market. The shape survived to the present century because it was adopted by Romeo y Julieta for a cigar named the Celestiales Finos, which ceased production in 2002. The original vitola measured 53⁄8 inches (137mm) by 46 ring gauge, but the Gloria Cubana has two extra points added to its girth, which why its been christened a “Británicas Extra”.
Montecristo Sublimes 2008 Edicion Limitada are now available. Following the Cohiba Sublimes in 2004, Montecristo came with the same popular vitola. The smoke is exceptionally smooth for this aged Limited Edition. Rare cigar to get to and highly sought after among Cigar Aficionados.
VITOLA: Sublime RING GAUGE: 54 LENGTH: 6 1/4 inches - 164 mm FLAVOUR: Medium to Full
El Rey Del Mundo Petit Cayo Andorra Regional Edition 2018
El Rey Del Mundo "Petit Cayo" is the vitola that has been selected by Habanos in 2018 for sale exclusively in Andorra. These "Petit Cayo" are manufactured with selected leaves from the Vuelta Abajo, Pinar del Rio, and comprise a special and unique production of 2,400 individually numbered boxes of 25.
The Edmundo Dantes Conde Belicoso is a 5 1/2 inches (140 mm) long figurado with a 52 ring gauge, a well-known vitola called the Campanas that is shared with such popular cigars as the Bolívar Belicoso Fino, Sancho Panza Belicosos and Romeo y Julieta Belicosos.
TheConnossieur Bis available in boxes of 25 and single sticks.
Anyway, the first thing to know about this release is that it’s only available at La Casa del Habano shops andHabanos Specialists. Habanos Specialist is a label created by Habanos SA to distinguish shops that carry a wide selection of Cubans and can offer relevant advice.
Dimensions: 5 7/8" Ring gauge: 54 Flavour category: Light to Medium
Hoyo de Monterrey is one of the most historic Habanos brands. Hoyo de Monterrey owes its origin to the town of San Juan y Martinez, which lies at the heart of the Vuelta Abajo tobacco zone in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Here the Hoyo de Monterrey plantation, one of the great Vegas de Primera , can be reached through a gate on the town’s main square inscribed “Hoyo de Monterrey, José Gener. 1860”.
The flavour of Hoyo de Monterrey‘s blend makes it an attractive choice for those who seek a delicate yet aromatic Habano that is lighter to the taste but with great elegance and complexity. The brand is renowned for itsDouble Corona and for the range of medium and slender gauge vitolas known as the “Le Hoyo” series. There is also the prestigious Epicure Series, theNo. 1andNo. 2, to which the longer Epicure Especial was added in 2008. Now the Epicure de Luxe is added to the Epicure Series in this special production for La Casa del Habano.
All sizes are,“Totalmente a mano tripa larga”– totally handmade, long filler – using filler and binder leaves from the Vuelta Abajo tobacco zone. The factory name selected for this special production is Mágicos (ring Gauge 52 x 115 mm in length) is highly appreciated by Habanos smokers, that will now have the occasion to enjoy it within the Hoyo de Monterrey brand with its own features of flavour and aroma. Each box of this special production contains 10 Epicure de Luxe in a slide-lid box. All Habanos have been produced by skillfull rollers in Cuba’s factories. Especially for those connoisseurs who prefer the elegant taste and aroma unmistakably found in the brand.
The Hoyo de Monterrey plantation is one of theVegas de Primera –first class fields– where it’s soil and micro-climate lend to Hoyo de Monterrey flavor. The flavor of Hoyo de Monterrey’s blend make it an attractive choice for those who seek a delicate yet aromatic Habano that is lighter to the taste but with great elegance and complexity.
Dimensions: 4 1/2" Ring gauge: 50 Flavour category: Light to Medium
A late special edition release, limited to 5000 numbered boxes of 10 made exclusively for La Casa del Habano franchises. The size selected for the production is based on an Edmundo and is highly respected by Habanos connoisseurs across the globe.
H. UPMANN Herman Upmann was a banker from Germany who so loved Cuban cigars that he moved to Havana in 1844 and set up as both banker and cigar maker. His bank closed in the early 1920's but his cigars live on as a fine example of an elegant,light to medium flavoured Habano.
H. Upmann's blend is composed exclusively of filler and binder tobaccos grown in the Vuelta Abajo zone.
Gold medals in no less than eleven international exhibitions during the 19th Century can be found on the brand's labelled boxes.
LA CASA DEL HABANO EXCLUSIVE CIGARS La Casa del Habano, as the franchise network of Habanos S.A. is called, comprises more than 150 tobacco shops specializing in Habanos worldwide. Each one guarantees the best possible service as well as a wide selection of Habanos of different brands and vitolas as well as walk-in humidors with ideal temperature and humidity conditions.
Dimensions: 5 1/3" Ring gauge: 52 Flavour category: Light to Medium
The first and so far only time that Cuaba has been selected to produce a Limited Edition and, in a move that surprised many, the first time a Cuaba was produced that was not in the double figurado shape. A collectors idem for sure.
FLAVOUR: Medium to Full VITOLA: Piramide RING GAUGE: 52 LENGTH: 6 1/8 Inches / 156mm
The Camacho Criollo is a spin on the taste profile of modern day Cuban cigars. Sporting a Honduran-grown, fourth priming wrapper packed with unique, peppery flavor. While the Criollo is dialed back a degree in intensity, it delivers a powerful burst of signature Camacho taste.
The Camacho Connecticut is the perfect smoke for those craving something "milder-mannered", but don't want to sacrifice flavor. This is boldness meets balance. All the rich, deep flavor and spicy kick you'd expect from Camacho, without the knock-down power. If the name of the game is big flavor and smooth enjoyment, then the Camacho Connecticut's got you covered.
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
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
An exceptionally well-balanced and rewarding cigar that delivers the medium to full bodied flavour associated with the Linea Classica, but is framed with a sweet top-taste from the aged wrapper. A delicious hour and a quarter of smoking pleasure.
FLAVOUR: Medium to Full VITOLA: Prominente RING GAUGE: 49 LENGTH: 7 5/8 Inches / 194mm
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 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
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
This was an entirely new size within the Habanos portfolio and was created to commemorate the 520th anniversary of the arrival of the Habano in Europe following Christopher Columbus’s discovery of Cuba in 1492. Montecristo was a fitting brand to choose given that it was and still is the best selling premium cigar brand today.
FLAVOUR: Medium to Full VITOLA: Maravillas No.3 RING GAUGE: 55 LENGTH: 6 1/8 Inches / 155mm