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.
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.
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.
A wonderfully versatile small cigar with a delicious elegance to its taste. Perfect to accompany a pre-dinner glass of champagne or to keep with you for those brief occasions when there’s only just time for a good cigar. Light to medium, aromatic
VITOLA: Minuto RING GAUGE: 42 LENGTH: 4 3/8 inches - 110 mm FLAVOUR: Light to Medium
A rare Corona with a French accent. Delicate yet complex to the taste, it shows great finesse.
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.
VITOLA: Corona RING GAUGE: 42 LENGTH: 5 5/8 inches - 142 mm FLAVOUR: Light
Simply the most popular individual handmade cigar in the world. Its rich, tangy, medium to full flavour acts as the benchmark for most smokers embarking on the journey to find their preferred Habano. Many return to it.
VITOLA: Mareva RING GAUGE: 42 LENGTH: 5 1/8 inches - 129 mm FLAVOUR: Medium to Full
Machine-made with short filler tobacco the Minuto is an affordable introduction to larger cigars and has the signature aromas of tobacco grown in Cuba. Present in pre-cut and wrapped in cellophane for freshness.
Flavour: Light Line: Minutos Ring Gauge: 42 Length: 4 3/8 Inches - 110 mm
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
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