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
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
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 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 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
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)
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
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
Strictly speaking this is a ‘perfecto’ size not a double figurado because the cigar’s head is rounded not pointed. It has a particular intensity of taste that makes it the perfect accompaniment to a morning espresso
Flavour: Medium To Full Vitola: Petit Bouquet Ring Gauge: 43 Length: 4 Inches - 101 Mm
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
If ever one brand has come to dominate a particular vitola, this is it. The classic Pirámide or ‘torpedo’ size. Easy burning with a controlled release of faithful Montecristo flavours; many devotees look no further than this.
VITOLA: Pirámide RING GAUGE: 52 LENGTH: 6 1/8 inches - 156 mm FLAVOUR: Medium to Full
Perhaps this cigar would have been better named Epicure No.3 as its presentation and style of taste are identical to the Epicure 1 & 2. Introduced in 2004, it was a timely anticipation of what smokers would face with smoking bans.
VITOLA: Petit Robusto RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 4 inches - 102 mm FLAVOUR: Light
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
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
Named after Alexandre Dumas’ hero Edmundo Dantes in ‘The Count of Montecristo’, the Edmundo was one of the first extra heavy gauge, parejo sizes produced in Cuba in the 21st century. Big and rewarding.
VITOLA: Edmundo RING GAUGE: 52 LENGTH: 5 1/3 inches - 135 mm FLAVOUR: Medium to Full
Le Hoyo de Rio Seco is the second recent introduction to the "le Hoyo Series", following the 2015 release of Le Hoyo de San Juan. These cigars only use Seco and Ligero leaves grown in San Juan y Martinez, a small town in Vuelta Abajo, a world-famous tobacco growing zone in Cuba
VITOLA: Aromosos RING GAUGE: 56 LENGTH: 5 1/2 inches - 140 mm FLAVOUR: Light
Hoyo de Monterrey is by far the most popular brand within the light flavour category outlined by Habanos S. A. The Le Hoyo series is typified by a delicate, cedar taste with a hint of white pepper and cream, that remains light enough for inexperienced smokers, while offering enough elegance and layering of flavours to keep aficionados satisfied.
Min Ron NEE in his 2003 tome ‘An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Post-Revolution Havana Cigars’ says Hoyo de Monterrey cigars are ‘characterised by their soft, sweet style. The tobacco blend is creamy sweet, mild and aromatic’.
This new cigar displays all of these classic characteristics but, with a 54 ring gauge, does so within a very modern format. Most agree that, although it is displaying a great deal of subtlety, finesse and delicacy already, it also has wonderful ageing potential for the medium to long term.
A most welcome addition to the Hoyo family.
VITOLA: Geniales RING GAUGE: 54 LENGTH: 5 7/8 inches - 150 mm FLAVOUR: Light
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
The shortest but also the widest of the three sizes in a Maduro series, this cigar also has the distinction of being the only figurado. A short but powerful cigar ideally suited for after a hearty meal.
VITOLA: Short Pirmides RING GAUGE: 55 LENGTH: 4 3/4 inches - 120 mm FLAVOUR: Full
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
H. Upmann is classified as Light to Medium by Habanos S.A, the Cuban company responsible for the global marketing and distribution of Cuban cigars.
The H. Upmann taste is often said to have a clear and clean tobacco taste, often mistakenly described as ‘simple’ by less experienced smokers.
The American publication, Cigar Aficionado scored this cigar 89 out of 100 in a February 2017 review, saying "This cigar exudes a pleasant, toasty aroma as it burns. Floral intonations segue into a strong peanut character with touches of cinnamon, woodiness and a mineral finish.”
Although relatively young this cigar is already smoking very well and exhibiting many classic H. Upmann flavours. However, it seems destined to develop even more once it has acquired two or three years age.
Factory Name: Magnum 54 Dimensions: 4¾” (120mm) x 54 ring gauge Flavour category: Light to Medium Vitola: Magnum 54 Production method: Totally handmade using long filler with all leaves sourced from the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba
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
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
Despite its name this was the second of the Maduro Linea to be released in the UK. The dark wrappers add a slight sweetness as a top taste and helps create an innovative cigar of depth and character that still remains true to the classic Partagas taste.
VITOLA: Maduro No.3 RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 4 3/4 inches - 145 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