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 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
Piloted as one of the highly successful 2005 Edicion Limitadas, the Magnum 50 entered the range as a standard size in 2008. A big cigar, just over six inches in length, that delivers a rounded, mellow flavour and aroma.
VITOLA: Magnum 50 RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 6 1/4 inches - 161 mm FLAVOUR: Light to Medium
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
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
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
Following the success of a limited edition version of this size in 2008 the Serie D No.5 joined the ranks of Partagas’s standard sizes in 2011. Its tobacco leaves are selected and aged according to the normal criteria for the brand.
VITOLA: D No.5 RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 4 3/8 inches - 110 mm FLAVOUR: Full
Although only 3 1/2 inches (90mm) long, this cigar has all the hallmarks of the Partagas brand. It is a rich, earthy, peppery and powerful as you would expect from Havana's most popular full flavoured cigar brand.
VITOLA: D No.6 RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 3 1/2 inches - 90 mm FLAVOUR: Full
This 2017 release from Quai D'Orsay offers smokers a lighter alternative in a popular size, and comes dressed in a new band that is destined to become standard across the 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.
VITOLA: D No.5 RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 4 3/8 inches - 110 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