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.
The Linea BHK swept all before it when the three sizes were launched in 2010, and yet it was the smallest, the BHK 52, that was awarded the prestigious Cigar Aficionado ‘Cigar of the Year’ in the same year. A stunning and unique taste from Havana.
Line: La Linea BHK Flavour: Full Vitola: Laguito No.4 Ring Gauge: 52 Length: 4 3/4 Inches / 119mm
The number of a BHK stands for its ring gauge, so this stout model boasts a diameter of 54/64ths of an inch, which leaves plenty of room for the fourth component in the filler – the Medio Tiempo – that brings a startling intensity to the flavour.
Line: La Linea BHK Flavour: Full Vitola: Laguito No.5 Ring Gauge: 54 Length: 5 5/8 Inches / 144mm
This 2014 release is only available from La Casa del Habanos and Havana Cigar Specialists. However, its light to medium blend with distinctive floral and zesty notes makes it well worth seeking out. Ideal after lunch with a cold glass of buttery Chardonnay.
VITOLA: Hermoso No. 4 RING GAUGE: 48 LENGTH: 5 inches - 127 mm FLAVOUR: Light to Medium
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 Sancho Panza Non Plus 1985 has historical roots dating back to well before the Cuban Upheaval. Regrettably, due to a strategic decision regarding the brand's portfolio, Habanos S.A. ceased production of the Non Plus in 2019. However, partly due to its limited global distribution and niche brand status, it remains accessible in many well-stocked stores. The vitola de Galera is the Mareva, presented to the public in 25-count dress boxes.
Once one of the largest cigars available, this gentle giant now cuts a decidedly elegant and refined figure. It is at heart a polished cigar full of charm and grace. A wonderful way to celebrate Britain’s most famous cigar smoker.
FLAVOUR: Medium to Full VITOLA: Julieta No.2 RING GAUGE: 47 LENGTH: 7 Inches / 178mm
This classic vitola (shape) from the most prestigious Habanos brand is, for many smokers, the pinnacle of modern cigar-making in Cuba. Medium to Full bodied but the extra bale-aged tobaccos impart a depth and elegance that will draw you in and capture your attention for every minute of the half hour or so it takes to enjoy. A difficult to find but glorious cigar.
FLAVOUR: Medium to Full VITOLA: Robusto RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 4 7/8 Inches / 124mm
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
Named after one of the greatest Britons to have ever lived who was also one of the world's most famous cigar smokers. This august cigar carries the weight of responsibility with grace and charm. A cigar that reaches its full potential in gentle waves rather than a tsunami.
FLAVOUR: Light to Medium VITOLA: Julieta No.2 RING GAUGE: 47 LENGTH: 7 Inches / 178mm
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 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
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