The Cigar World

HISTORY OF THE CIGAR

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In 1492, when Christopher Columbus landed in Cuba, he noticed that natives inhaled smoke from burning plants. On his return to the continent, he introduced tobacco in the West and started the legend of the cigar ...

Chronology of the cigar

1492 : Christopher Columbus discovered tobacco in Cuba and reported it in Europe.
1676 : Birth of the cigar in Seville.
1762 : First cigar manufacture in the U.S.
1799 : Opening of the first manufacture in Havana.
1815 : Napoleon launches the cigar manufacturing in France.
1817 : Abolition of the Spanish royal monopoly in Cuba. Opening of hundreds of manufacturers.
1825 : Creation of the register of marks of Havana.
1961 : U.S. embargo on Cuba which led to the creation of new land in Jamaica, Mexico, Florida and Santo Domingo.

The term "cigar"
The word "cigar" comes from the Spanish word "cigarro", word itself of uncertain etymology, which could come from the Mayan "zicar" ("smoke") , or Spanish "cigarra" ("cicada" that resembles by the shape and the color).

The term "Havana"
The word "Havana", the Cuban tobacco specialist Reynaldo Gonzales, dates back to 1799 on an official document of the Junta de la Factoria de Tabacos.
Cuba now has decided to say "Habano" instead of "Havana" but the original term is still used mainly for all fans of "puros".

COMPOSITION OF A CIGAR

The filler
There are three types of leaves on each tobacco plant. These three types are called Ligero, Seco and Volado. Each and every cigar needs a combination of these three types, and the combination and how it is created will have a direct impact on the taste and smokability of your cigar. Look in your humidor. Each of those cigars has a certain type of tobacco. Each of those cigars also has Ligero, Seco and Volado leaves included.
Just what is the difference between the three types? Ligero, the first type, is made from the leaves at the top of the tobacco plant. These leaves will have the most flavor and will be the most bold. The more of the Ligero included, the stronger the cigar will be. The next type, Seco, comes from the middle part of the tobacco plant. These leaves are of the mild type, so depending on how much Seco is used; it will affect the mild flavor of your cigar.
The final leaf is the Volado. When it comes to flavor and aroma, the Volado does virtually nothing. Instead, this leaf, found at the bottom of the plant, will have the most burn ability. All cigars need Volado leaves so that they will burn properly and you will be able to enjoy them. This is because Ligero and Seco leaves will not burn very well on their own at all. Volado will make sure your cigars will burn.
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The binder
Interlayers between the filler and the wrapper, they wrap the filler and is also called the "hood". It consists of two half-curled leaves one in a sense, the other in the opposite direction to the maintenance of tripe.

The wrapper
Sheet that wraps the cigar, it affects combustion, the ash and its aesthetic appearance is of course very important. It is cultivated worldwide. Including Cuba mainly in the region of Viñales, in Ecuador, Cameroon, Indonesia, Brazil and Nicaragua. Contrary to an idea that tends to beyond redemption, this sheet has little influence on the final taste of the cigar (2 to 10%). Due to the low importance weight and thickness of this sheet, but also because of its unique aesthetic destination. The previous trend was to identify a cigar by its powerful dark cape and vice versa for a cape clear. This criterion is gone with the spread of dark cloaks for commercial reasons (Trend amateurs to move towards a cigar rather than dark cape clear cape.)

Wrapper's colors (shades)
This is only an overview of the most visible shades. Several other nuances exist, some of which are barely perceptible. Bodies via the Cuban government company Habanos SA have 92 shades of color.

Claro claro: yellow light
Claro: brown very light
Colorado claro: brown light to brown gold
Colorado: medium brown
Colorado maduro: dark brown
Maduro: very dark brown
Oscuro: very dark brown, almost black

Families
The back of each box of cigars include, as appropriate, the following:
Totalmente a mano: the more polished production, the long filler "Tripa larga" (long because the leaves are entire), the binder and the wrapper are completely hand-laid by a torcedor.
Totalmente a mano, TC: The filler is short "Tripa Corta" and only the binder and wrapper are putted by the torcedor, the filler is assembled into a machine.
Máquina: These cigars are made entirely by machine, for large productions, this is the worst type of cigar. There are two types of Máquina:
Máquina long Tripe: relatively rare cases where the sheet is full
Máquina short Tripe: The sheets comprising filler is chopped and mixed, it is usually the falling of the leaves used for the design of "Totalmente a mano" and "Hecho a mano."
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SIZES AND SHAPES

The term "module" defines the size and the diameter of a cigar. There are 42 modules in various ranges of cigars from Cuba.

The main families of cigars are:

Mini-panatellas: modules are less than 120 mm long and 12.4 mm in diameter.
Demi-tasse: less than 120 mm in length and between 12.4 and 14 mm in diameter.
Panatellas: represent modules composed of a length of between 120 and 155 mm and a diameter of between 14 and 15.6 mm.
Coronas: is the "classic" module. The length is between 130 and 145 mm and the diameter is between 15.6 and 17.7 mm. Within the corona, there are small coronas (105 to 130 mm in length), large coronas (145 to 160 mm) and lonsdales (over 160 mm). All coronas have an equivalent diameter.
Coronas gordas: have a length of 145-160 mm and a diameter from 17.7 to 19 mm.
Churchill: is the king of modules. The diameter is between 17.7 and 19 mm. The length is heightened than 160 mm.
Especiales: is a cigar of more than 230 mm in length to a diameter of between 17.7 and 19 mm.
Robusto: is a module of less than 130 mm in length and a diameter of between 19 and 20 mm.
Double corona: diameter is similar to the robusto, but it's more than 180 mm in length.

Choosing a module
Diameter and length of a cigar will directly affect the taste of this one. One essential thing to know is that large cigars are smoked generally more easily than small ones. Apart from the cylindrical body found in the majority, there are a variety of shapes. Among the original form, the best known include the "figurados" that are bullet-shaped.

Every moment of the day can promote selection of a different module. However, one should know that cigar beginners who take the plunge of large modules such as Churchill, robusto or double corona will struggle to go back to the smaller modules. It was then within the brands of selection is to enjoy different powers of the time of tasting.

GLOSSARY

Aroma: the smell of cigar when burned or when smoked. The bouquet is the perfume of the cape and the end of the cigar when it is not yet lit.

Batillon: tobacco waste used to make the filler cigars cheap.

Biddies: small cigar from the Indies.

Binder: Tobacco leaves that envelop the filler and maintain. This binder is covered by the cloak.

Body: central part of the cigar.

Cap: Room tobacco covering the head of the cigar is cut and before smoking.

Cape: External leaf of the cigar wrapped around the sleeve. It is the leaf of the finest quality.

Cigar cutter dihedral: The cigar cutter dihedral give a two-sided cutting V-shaped

Cigars general public: cheap cigars manufactured in large quantities mechanically.

Clear havana: cigar made ??from only the tobacco of Havana.

Criollo: smoked cigars in Cuba rough.

Culebra: the Culebras are cigars made ??of three twisted cigars in a braid.

Dolls: in the manufacture of cigars, all leaves formed by the filler and the binder, it is then wrapped in the cloak.

Dry cigars: little cigars that do not require humidification, they are manufactured by the Swiss and the Dutch.

E.M.S. English Market Selection: brown cape.

Fermentation: process during which the tobacco through its heat removes the nicotine and other components, this is when it changes color and develops its flavor.

Figuardo: Cigars did not form a perfect cylinder.

Foot: part one of the cigar lighter.

Galera: studio rolling cigars in a factory.

Guillotine cigar cutter: which is inserted a cigar into a hole then it is cut by a blade.

Half cup: small cigar 10 centimeters long and 11.91 mm in diameter approx.

Hand of tobacco: small bunch of tobacco leaves.

Hand-rolled: the cigar wrapper was set by hand, but the doll was made mechanically.

Handmade: cigar robage the doll and are made exclusively by hand.

Head: tip of the cigar that has been cut and that is put in the mouth.

Humidor: airtight container with a humidifying element used to store cigars.

Hygrometer: apparatus for measuring relative humidity and which can be used in a humidifier.

Jam: Obstruction in the cigar rolling due to too tight and making the tough draw.

Leaves grown under canvas: leaves grown under a protective veil of muslin for protection from the sun.

Masses of fermentation: accumulation of dried tobacco leaves to ferment without temperature increase.

Maturation: period during which the cigars are in a curing room cedar with controlled humidity to allow flavors to blend tobacco inside the cigar.

Premium Cigars: Cigars of high quality always made ??by hand with long tobacco.

Puro: Spanish for pure and designating cigars including wrapper, the binder and filler from the same country.

Ring: Ring of paper decorating cigars and door manufacturer's brand.

Torcedor: master cigar maker

Tripe: heart of the cigar made ??of tobacco leaves covered with the binder and the wrapper.

Wheeler: qualified person responsible for applying the wrapper on the cigar.

ACCESSORIES

Cigar-cutter

cut a cigar
How to cut a cigar?
The taste of the cigar is ritualized by his fans and includes several phases. First the anticipated pleasure, then the cigar is hand made??, we rolled between the fingers to appreciate its flexibility, its texture, you smell the cigar before lighting it to taste the delicate flavors.

Should I remove the ring?
It is not necessary to remove the ring, however, if you want to do, it is best to wait to have lit his cigar, using heat to detach from the cape. If you try to remove it before, the cloak could be damaged.

Cutting remains a fundamental rituals, it is preferable to perform this operation with great care. The cut must be clean and respect the delicacy with which the cap was applied to the head. A good cigar-cutter makes a good draft of it.

Different types of cuts
There are several types of cut: "the guillotine" that splits the head horizontally, a narrow cut of the head in V or boring a hole in the middle of the head.

There are several types of cutting tools: the cigar-cutter dihedral, the guillotine and the lancet. You can also use special scissors or a knife. A small cut is the ideal bite in order not to where the cap joins the mantle if the cigar unravels and his taste will suffer. So always cut above this line.

The guillotine cigar cutter cuts give sweet and are very easy to use. They have the characteristic of allowing a section of a high precision and regularity.

The cigar cutter dihedral give a cut to both sides and should foster a good draw, but not cut without fraying the edges and they are not suitable for cigars pointed head, or for large diameter cigars. The lancets do not realize a cut, but a hole, which can generate acid and tobacco juice and cause an unpleasant impression. Cigar scissors require some skill, they have a double blade and a location for some models specially designed for the cigar. It can also pinch the cap with nails, but this must be done skillfully so that the cigar may develop its flavor.

What size cup?
The size of the cut is very important as far as the size of the cigar chosen because it affects the flavor, the draw and combustion and therefore has an important role. Indeed, too large an opening will result in a bitter smoke in the mouth, an overheated and rapid combustion. An opening too small will result poor draft, a minimal amount of smoke and altered taste due to the concentration of nicotine and tar.

The perfect fit should be of a diameter slightly smaller than that of the cigar.

The guillotine cigar cutter gives a clean opening round and calibrated at the head of the cigar which helps to have a good draw and diffusion of aroma. The guillotine cigar cutters are available in many materials such as plastic, hardened steel, but also in silver or even gold. Regardless of which model is chosen, we must always remember that the cut must be quick and accurate in order to maximize the pleasure of smoking a good cigar.

The Humidor

As wine, cigars continues to work throughout his life. A cigar can be kept largely beyond 10 years old, but preservation is a vital criterion in order to keep your precious cigars in good condition. The humidor (humidor also called) is the first purchase that every smoker should do before storing cigars.

This is of course the humidity is the main factor, but other factors must be taken into account when purchasing a humidor. In general, the recommended humidity close to 70% in a humidor to be closer to the original conditions of preservation in Cuba.
The humidor

Buying a humidor needs to make choices because supply is very large. It is based on your consumption pattern that you will determine the model and then you pay attention to some quality criteria of a cellar in order to optimize the storage of your cigars.

Choosing a humidor
The ability
The humidification system
The monitoring system
The style or design

Recently, average prices have come down significantly humidors. Now there are variations in price between € 60 and € 1000 for quality humidors. Therefore, it can be difficult to assess the qualitative criteria of a humidor and compare prices.

The primary purpose of a humidor is to maintain a constant humidity. For this, the interior must be strictly in Spanish Cedar wood. The moisture content should revolve around 70%. The humidor must be completely sealed from the inside so that moisture does not escape. Separations in Cedar wood must also be included in the cellar in order to separate the cigar provenance / brands.

As the cigar humidor is essential to any smoker, our wisest advice is to go to a civet to select your humidor. Stay away from styles that you can find other than from a specialist cigar.

In terms of capacity, you can start with a capacity of 50 cigars, but if your budget permits should not hesitate to exceed a capacity of 100 cigars.

Then it's really about branding and design to set the price for a humidor with equal capacity and quality you can see prices tripled after modest or luxurious finish and premium brand or not.
Davidoff invented the humidor

Zino Davidoff invented the humidor during his long stays in tobacco-producing countries.

MAIN LANDS OF CULTURE

The tobacco for the manufacture of cigars grown mainly in Cuba, Cameroon, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Honduras and the United States.

The cigars manufactured in Cuba (Habanos) are considered by cigar smokers as the finest and most complex in terms of taste, although today many other countries produce cigars of comparable quality but not equivalent. This is also in one region of Cuba that are best grown tobacco plants for the most prestigious cigars. This is the Vuelta Abajo, which is characterized by a soil and a climate ideal for growing tobacco. All Cuban cigars quality comes from the Vuelta Abajo.
The region of Navarrenx in Béarn (France), also includes a production of cigars, branded Navarre.

Cuba

In 1988, "Habanos S.A." decided to establish a hierarchy of brands based on price, sales volume and the international reputation of each of its brands. It is this pyramid that still governs the commercial policy of "Habanos SA".
pyramide

Upscale :

Cohiba, Trinidad, Vegas Robaina, Montecristo, Cuaba

Midscale :

Romeo y Julieta, Partagas, San Cristobal de La Habana, Punch, Hoyo de Monterrey, Bolivar, La Gloria Cubana, H. Upmann

Common Scale :

Fonseca, La Flor de Cano, Troya, Quintero, Los Statos de Luxe, Caney, Belinda, Cabanas, La Corona, José L. Piedra

The appellation

To be entitled to the appellation "habano", a cigar must be rolled in Cuba from leaves grown on the island.
Five regions grow tobacco: Oriente (Bayamo, Baracoa), Remedios (the area between Santa Clara and Sancti Spiritus), Partido (near Havana), Semi-Vuelta and the famous Vuelta Abajo. The most famous lands are confined around two villages in the Vuelta Abajo: San Luis and San Juan y Martinez.
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CULTURE AND MANUFACTURE

The art of making a cigar belongs to a valuable tradition. It is in Cuba that the method of manufacturing cigars is the most rigorous and printed from traditions.
The cultivation of tobacco leaves
Plants Two families of plants supplied, traditionally, the leaves of Havana: the Criollo and the Corojo. The Criollo, more resistant, is planted in the open and sunny. As for the Corojo, it grows under the protection of tapados, kinds of greenhouses made ??with a white veil, very light, which mitigates the effects of the sun. The leaves protected are finer. But as the Criollo, Corojo, despite of their tastes, have a default: their vulnerability to various pests of tobacco - including the moho azul (blue mosaic tobacco, or mildew). After an economic disaster in 1980 due to the moho azul that concluded to almost all of the crop away, Cuban researchers have developed, in 1994, two varieties of Criollo and Corojo: the habana 92 and the Habana 2000. In 1999, it was the criollo 98 and 99 which have emerged. These are the four varieties used today in Cuba. Leaves The "Havana" is a blend of five types of leaves. The first three are its guts. They come from plants grown outdoors (soil ensartado). Each has a name, or rather two, as one who is called veguero (peasant) or tabaquero (worker in the factory). From top to bottom, the ligero (very fortaleza, for the farmer), seco (fortaleza back) and volado (una fortaleza). Leaves the summit, Ligeros, who received the most sun, give the cigar, as the name does not indicate, its strength. The secos (middle leaves of the plant) and volados (leaves of the foot) ensure they, aroma and good combustion of puro. These three sheets are later rolled into the hood (or under-cloak), which comes from plants ensartado ground. The assembly is covered by the fifth leaf, the precious cape. This blend of leaves is the ligament (or ligada), identity card for each vitola.

A year of culture Tobacco cultivation requires constant care. It all starts with the preparation of the earth, in the heat of the summer of Cuba, from July to August. Plowing are still the old, with plow pulled by oxen. Sown in September, we transplanted the seedlings emerging in mid-November. Growth of the feet must be closely watched. The veguero, they say, verifies hundred and fifty times each foot ... The tobacco harvest in January, is done entirely by hand and, practically, one sheet. Drying Drying was carried out in sheds called casas del tabaco. Traditionally, these were wooden houses palm-thatched roof. Cyclones which sweep almost every year in the Vuelta Abajo have destroyed almost all but they are rebuilt every year, wood or resin wavy dark brown. A number are equipped with a heating system accelerating the drying of the leaves. The ancient casas and palm roof and are becoming museum pieces for tourists. However, the process has not changed. The leaves, sewn pairs are hung on poles (fifty pairs per pole), themselves suspended. The most freshly picked hang low to the ground. They will gain the upper floors as and when they mature. The fermentations Fifty days later come the first fermentation of the leaves, under supervision, so that their temperatures never exceed 35 ° C. Stacked, the leaves exude their excess resin. Then they are wet, before passing into the hands of regazadoras that écotent - operation to remove the midrib of the leaf (the leaves of the cape does suffer as they arrive in the factory) - and rank them according their size, color and texture.

Sorted, classified, the leaves are gathered in bundles. Then they know their second fermentation (those used for the manufacture of Cohiba will suffer a third in the same factory and barrel), which refines flavors and aromas and eliminates impurities, including nitrated products. During this second fermentation, which lasts up to sixty days, the temperature must not exceed 42 ° C. After a rest on shelves, leaves, wrapped in a wrapping cloth or, more rarely today, royal palm bark, are baled. They will age well, six months (wrapper leaves) in two years (ligero), or more, before taking the road to the factory.

It was during this period that the directors of factories, with their chief liga (real cellar masters of the cigar), come to their market.

Depending on their needs and quality of crops, officials select the various grades of ligero, seco, volado necessary to achieve each of their cigars. For all leaves of ligero, for example, do not exhibit the same qualities. And this is the chef of that ligament to know what quality of ligero vitola appropriate for such offers, from one year to another, the same characteristics. The manufacture of "Havanas" The manufactures Until the nineteenth century, Cuban producers did not export (or a little bit) cigars. They reserved it for their use. Of course, in Havana, where the loose tobacco travelled around the world
- this is why it has become customary to call "Havana" tobacco from Cuba - there were numerous workshops. In 1863, we licensed 516, employing 15,128 tabaqueros.

Three important names, still famous today, then saw the day. The first was launched in 1840 by Don Lopez, a Cuban puppet of a fanatical English, very popular at the time under the name "Punch". Eager to ingratiate the British, he named his cigars named the doll and exports with a success that never relaxed more. It was then the turn of a banker, Hermann Upmann, to engage in this trade in 1844. To personalize his cigar, he placed his signature on each of its boxes. Then came, in 1845, Partagas. Producer of tobacco in the Vuelta Abajo, Don Jaime Partagas chooses a building of colonial style, with 520 of the Calle de la Industria, to locate his factory. The factory is still at the same address and still bears the same name. Since then, large factories have stopped growing. The inventory comprises fifty working for export, but the trend seems to be the concentration. Thus, in Havana, there is only today that four more large factories: H. Upmann-Montecristo, Partagas, La Corona and El Laguito. La galera Heart of manufactures, where torcedores operate is called the galera (galley). It was so named because the first large factories, in the early nineteenth century ... were prisons. From this model arose the custom of the torcedores sit in long rows, like galley slaves. Faced with the "galley-torcedores" sitting behind a table on a raised dais, the reader, a character that tobacco workers have imposed in the second half of the nineteenth century. To facilitate monitoring and preventing prisoners to talk, the guards had resumed the practice of the reader as it was in force in the refectories of convents. Rather quickly, the workers got free to enjoy this tradition by paying themselves the reader. One centavo per worker per day! The newspapers of the time did not believe in the life of this institution, yet still relevant. Today, however, the reader is no longer paid by the workers but by the state. El torcedor Does not become torcedor wants. It must first be admitted, after selection, in the school relationship each brand. The course lasts one year, during which applicants receive a small monthly salary. The successful examination, they are admitted as the seventh category of torcedores confectionnent cigars and small modules (to the small corona). After some time, access to the most gifted eighth grade. They then engaged in the manufacture of cigars more important, such as coronas, coronas large, and other especial robustos 2. Later, after a two-month internship, the best pass in the ninth grade. It is to them we entrust the care of the most prestigious roll cigars churchills, double coronas, shells. A small number of them, willing to work for tourism, have left the factories to officiate at major hotels or casas del Habano. Grades and canning Once the cap raised, each includes its torcedor per bundle of fifty cigars, in which he puts his mark. Each bundle is taken as an auditor a cigar and weighs exactly to see if the standards of the vitola are requested. Then, with a fingernail, he opens it and makes sure that the sheets were rolled tripe as befits. In case of default of the sample, the entire boot can be rejected. Rolled, controlled, cigars will rest and lose their excess moisture in a large room with walls covered with cedar drawer cabinets: the escaparate. From this place, as quiet as a cathedral, where they stay for several weeks, they then pass through the hands of escogedor. Stand facing a bench where are located hundreds of cigars in the same vitola, it classifies them according to the sixty-four shades of colors approved then stores them in boxes in degraded interim, the darker (left) at clearer (right). The escogedor also determines which side (most advantageous) will be exposed above the box. Its jurisdiction is one of the best paid.

It remains cigars to be banded. This operation is usually carried by women. For the same vitola, the ring is rigorously applied to the same distance from the head of the cigar. Then, cigars are placed, one by one, in their final box. After a final stay in the warehouse, they will then fly to their destination country.

 

LOS HABANOS

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SERIES

Upscale

 

Midscale-Up

 

Midscale-Down

 

Common scale

 

LIMITED EDITIONS

Made in limited numbers (500,000 to 1 million copies), limited editions are a unique product of a great brand, in general formats do not exist in the label. Wrapper leaves and fillers are aged a minimum of two years. A second ring indicates the vintage year.
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Here is the list of existing ones:

2012 : H. Upmann Robustos
Montecristo Montecristo 520
Partagás Serie C No.3

2011 : Cohiba Cohiba 1966
Hoyo de Monterrey Short Hoyo Piràmides
Ramon Allones Allones Extra

2010 : Montecristo Grand Edmundo
Partagas Série D Especial
Trinidad Short Robustos T

2009 : Bolivar Petit Belicosos
H. Upmann Magnum 48
Romeo y Julieta Duke

2008 : Cuaba Piramides
Montecristo Sublimes
Partagas Série D N°5

2007 : Hoyo de Monterrey Regalos
Romeo y Julieta Escudos
Trinidad Ingenios

2006 (réédition des trois meilleures ventes depuis le début des éditions limitées) : Cohiba Piramides
Montecristo Robustos
Partagas Série D N°3

2005 : H. Upmann Magnum 50
Montecristo Montecristo D
Partagas Reserva 2005 Série D N°4
Romeo y Julieta Petit Piramides

2004 : Cohiba Sublimes
Romeo y Julieta Hermosos N°2

2003 : Cohiba Double Coronas
Hoyo de Monterrey Piramides
Montecristo Montecristo B
Montecristo Montecristo C
Partagas Série D N°2
Romeo y Julieta Hermosos N°1

2001 : Cohiba Piramides
Hoyo de Monterrey Particulares
Montecristo Double Coronas
Partagas Série D N°3
Romeo y Julieta Robustos

2000 : Montecristo Robustos
Partagas Piramides
Romeo y Julieta Exhibicion N°2

 

REGIONAL EDITIONS

These cigars are made at the request of a country and are exclusive to this market for two years. These are new modules in an existing brand. The first "Regional Edition" was born in 2005 in England. It was a Belicosos Finos Ramon Allones.
In France, two regional editions were launched in 2009: the Little Compania de El Rey del Mundo (a small figurado) and the Small Punch Club (a small robusto).

2017 :


BrandCigar NameRegionSizeFactory VitolaPackaging TypeNumber Produced
BolivarTiempoFrance
Sancho PanzaGran QuixoteBenelux
Ramon AllonesNuevo MundoCosta Rica
BolivarLusiadasPortugal
La Gloria CubanaD N°5Spain
Por LarrañagaGran RobustoNetherlands
Por LarrañagaCoronasGermany
BolivarShort BolivarAndorra
Rafael GonzalezNorth StarScandinavia
Sancho PanzaValientesSwitzerland55 x 130 (5.1") - RobustoMontescoNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars6000
San Cristobal de la HabanaLa CabañaCuba
La Gloria CubanaBritanicas ExtraGreat Britain
El Rey del MundoW.I.H. 20 YearsLebanon
Saint Luis ReyHerfingMiddle-East
BolivarSilver JubileeAsia
El Rey del MundoKon TikiPeru
Ramon AllonesSilver JubileeAsia
Ramon AllonesHermitageRussia52 x 140 (5.5") - Robusto ExtraGeniosNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars
La Gloria CubanaInvictosItaly

2016 :


BrandCigar NameRegionSizeFactory VitolaPackaging TypeNumber ProducedImage
Saint Luis ReyMarquezCuba54 x 150 (5.9") - Robusto ExtraGenialesNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars7500
BolivarTesoro5ta Avenida (Germany)57 x 184 (7.2") - Double PerfectoSalomónNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars6000
BolivarByblosLebanon52 x 115 (4.5") - Petit RobustoMágicos
Edmundo DantesConde BelicosoMexico52 x 140 (5.5") - PyramidCampanasNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars6000
Saint Luis ReyTesorosSpain57 x 184 (7.2") - Double PerfectoSalomónNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars6000
Juan LopezEminentesSwitzerland54 x 164 (6.5") - Double RobustoSublimesNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars6000
El Rey Del MundoChoix du RoiBelux55 x 130 (5.1") - RobustoMontescoNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars9000
La Flor de CanoCasanovaItaly50 x 110 (4.3") - Petit RobustoD No.5Numbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars6000
La Gloria CubanaPlatinum EditionNetherlands54 x 140 (5.5") - Robusto ExtraDukeNumbered Varnished Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars8000
Quai d'OrsaySecreto CubanoFrance40 x 110 (4.3") - Petit CoronaSecretosNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars10000
Ramon AllonesTerra MagicaAdriatico50 x 155 (6.1") - Robusto ExtraDoblesNumbered Slide Lid Box of 10 cigars6000
Ramon AllonesPatagonConosur52 x 110 (4.3") - Petit RobustoPetit EdmundoNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars6000
Ramon AllonesDubaiUAE54 x 164 (6.5") - Double RobustoSublimes
Ramon AllonesHexagonFrance54 x 140 (5.5") - Robusto ExtraDukeNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars
Juan LopezSelección SuperbaGreat Britain54 x 150 (5.9") - Robusto ExtraGenialesNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars6000
Saint Luis ReySan Luis TesorosSpain52 x 110 (4.3") - Petit RobustoPetit EdmundoNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars15000

2015 :


BrandCigar NameRegionSizeFactory VitolaPackaging TypeNumber Produced
Juan LopezMaleconAndorra55 x 130 (5.1") - RobustoMontescoNumbered Dress Box of 20 cigars2500
DiplomaticosExcelenciasCuba50 x 124 (4.9") - Robusto RobustosNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars7000
Quai d'OrsayRobusto DiplomaticoFrance48 x 127 (5.0") - Corona ExtraHermosos No.4Numbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars7000
La EscepcionDon JoséItaly48 x 127 (5.0") - Corona ExtraHermosos No.4Numbered Dress Box of 25 cigars4000
BolivarBelgraviaGreat Britain55 x 130 (5.1") - RobustoMontescoNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars5000
El Rey del MundoPetit RobustosSpain50 x 102 (4.0") - Petit RobustoPetit RobustosNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars7500
Ramon AllonesHunters & Frankau Aniversario 225Great Britain50 x 141 (5.6") - Robusto ExtraGorditosNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars1100
Ramon AllonesPhoenicio 35Lebanon55 x 130 (5.1") - RobustoMontescoNumbered Varnished Semi Boite Nature Box of 25 cigars10000
La Gloria CubanaGlorias5ta Avenida54 x 180 (7.1") - Double PyramidRodolfoNumbered Varnished Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars6000
La Gloria CubanaRevolutionAsia Pacifico55 x 130 (5.1") - RobustoMontescoNumbered Semi Boîte Nature Box of 20 cigars2500
Por LarrañagaOperaFrance52 x 115 (4.5") - Petit RobustoMágicosNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars5000
DiplomaticosEl AmbajadorNetherlands52 x 135 (5.3") - RobustoEdmundoNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars5000
BolivarEmaratiUAE52 x 135 (5.3") - RobustoEdmundoNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 25 cigars2000
Ramon AllonesRobusto XXLBelux54 x 150 (5.9") - Robusto ExtraGenialesNumbered Varnished Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars5000
PunchSupremosSwitzerland53 x 153 (6.0") - Robusto ExtraSobresalientesNumbered Varnished Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars5000

2014 :


BrandCigar NameRegionSizeFactory VitolaPackaging TypeNumber Produced
Vegas RobainaShort RobainaAndorra42 x 110 (4.3") - Petit CoronaMinutosNumbered Dress Box of 25 cigars2000
DiplomaticosBushidoAsia Pacifico50 x 184 (7.2") - Double RobustoNro.109Numbered Varnished Boîte Nature Box of 25 cigars2000
Juan LopezDon JuanBenelux52 x 135 (5.3") - RobustoEdmundoNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars3000
La Flor de CanoSiboneyCanada42 x 110 (4.3") - Petit CoronaMinutosNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 25 cigars2000
La Gloria CubanaParaisoCaribbean52 x 135 (5.3") - RobustoEdmundoNumbered Boîte Nature Box of 25 cigars4000
Ramon Allones8-9-8Germany43 x 170 (6.7") - LonsdaleDaliasNumbered 8-9-8 Box of 25 cigars2000
Ramon AllonesShort PerfectosItaly50 x 127 (5.0") - Petit PyramidPetit PirámidesNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars5000
Ramon AllonesSurLebanon52 x 140 (5.5") - Robusto ExtraGeniosNumbered Boîte Nature Box of 25 cigars5000
Saint Luis ReyIncaPeru50 x 102 (4.0") - Petit RobustoPetit RobustosNumbered Slide Lid Box of 50 cigars1000
Juan LopezChiado 1864Portugal50 x 102 (4.0") - Petit RobustoPetit RobustosNumbered Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars5000
Sancho PanzaEslavoSerbia50 x 184 (7.2") - Double RobustoNro.109Numbered Slide Lid Box of 50 cigars1000
Ramon AllonesCaprichosSpain52 x 115 (4.5") - Petit RobustoMágicosNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars5000
Ramon AllonesPerfectosSwitzerland48 x 137 (5.4") - PerfectoBritánicas ExtraNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars5000
BolivarBosphorusTurkey52 x 110 (4.3") - Petit RobustoPetit EdmundoNumbered Boîte Nature Box of 25 cigars2000
Por LarrañagaSobresalientesGreat Britain53 x 153 (6.0") - Robusto ExtraSobresalientesNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars5000

2013 :


BrandCigar NameRegionSizeFactory VitolaPackaging TypeNumber Produced
La Flor de CanoGrandiososAsia Pacifico52 x 135 (5.3") - RobustoEdmundoNumbered Slide Lid Box of 10 cigars5000
BolivarPoderososBelux54 x 180 (7.1") - Double PyramidRodolfoNumbered 8-9-8 Box of 25 cigars2000
BolivarRedentoresBrazil52 x 115 (4.5") - Petit RobustoMágicosNumbered Dress Box of 25 cigars2000
El Rey del MundoInfantesCuba50 x 124 (4.9") - RobustoRobustosNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars5000
Juan LopezMinutosFrance42 x 110 (4.3") - Petit CoronaMinutosNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars5000
Quai d'OrsayBelicoso RoyalFrance52 x 125 (4.9") - Petit PyramidPetit BelicososNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 25 cigars2000
Rafael GonzalezPetit PiramidesGermany50 x 127 (5.0") - Petit PyramidPetit PirámidesNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars6000
Ramon AllonesSidonLebanon53 x 153 (6.0") - Robusto ExtraSobresalientesNumbered Varnished Semi Boite Nature Box of 25 cigars4000
Por LarrañagaSecretosSpain40 x 110 (4.3") - Petit CoronaSecretosNumbered Dress Box of 25 cigars8000
BolivarPresidenteSwitzerland54 x 150 (5.9") - Robusto ExtraGenialesNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars5000
Ramon AllonesRobusto CortoNetherlands50 x 102 (4.0") - Petit RobustoPetit RobustosNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars2000
La Flor de CanoGran CanoGreat Britain50 x 141 (5.6") - Robusto ExtraGorditosNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars5000
Ramon AllonesPetit AllonesAndorra52 x 110 (4.3") - Petit RobustoPetit EdmundoNumbered 8-9-8 Box of 25 cigars2000

2012 :


BrandCigar NameRegionSizeFactory VitolaPackaging TypeNumber Produced
El Rey del MundoAniversarioAsia Pacifico54 x 150 (5.9") - Robusto ExtraGenialesNumbered Varnished Boîte Nature Box of 20 cigars4000
Vegas RobainaXV AniversarioCanada54 x 164 (6.5") - Double RobustoSublimesNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars5000
PunchSir JohnGermany48 x 127 (5.0") - Corona ExtraHermosos No.4Numbered Dress Box of 25 cigars2000
Por LarrañagaSmall RobustoItaly50 x 102 (4.0") - Petit RobustoPetit RobustosNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars2000
Ramon AllonesEshmounLebanon54 x 164 (6.5") - Double RobustoSublimesNumbered Varnished Boîte Nature Box of 25 cigars6000
DiplomaticosColleccion PrivadaSpain50 x 102 (4.0") - Petit RobustoPetit RobustosNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars5000
Por LarrañagaLegendariosSpain50 x 170 (6.7") - Double RobustoPartagas No.16Numbered Dress Box of 10 cigars2500
Vegas RobainaPetit UnicosSwitzerland52 x 125 (4.9") - Petit PyramidPetit BelicososNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars5000
Ramon AllonesPetit BelicososGreat Britain52 x 125 (4.9") - Petit PyramidPetit BelicososNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars5000

2011 :


BrandCigar NameRegionSizeFactory VitolaPackaging TypeNumber Produced
Por LarrañagaRobusto SuperiorAndorra50 x 155 (6.1") - Robusto ExtraDoblesNumbered Black lacquered Cabinet of 25 cigars600
PunchSabrososAsia Pacifico52 x 156 (6.1") - PyramidPirámidesNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 25 cigars2400
Quai d'OrsaySuperioresAsia Pacifico50 x 124 (4.9") - RobustoRobustosNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 25 cigars2400
Juan LopezIdealesAustria50 x 102 (4.0") - Petit RobustoPetit RobustosNumbered Slide Lid Box of 10 cigars2500
La Gloria CubanaBelux No. 1Belux52 x 140 (5.5") - Robusto ExtraGeniosNumbered Varnished 8-9-8 Box of 10 cigars3500
Bolivar681Bulgaria53 x 153 (6.0") - Robusto ExtraSobresalientesNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars2500
Juan LopezSupremeCanada52 x 135 (5.3") - RobustoEdmundoNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars1000
Ramon AllonesSuper RamonCanada54 x 180 (7.1") - Double PyramidRodolfoNumbered Dress Box of 25 cigars1000
BolivarDistinguidosChina52 x 162 (6.4") - PerfectoRomeoNumbered Ceramic Jar of 25 cigars2010
FonsecaAmateurFrance50 x 141 (5.6") - Robusto ExtraGorditosNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars4000
Quai d'OrsayRobusto EmbajadorFrance52 x 115 (4.5") - Petit RobustoMágicosNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 25 cigars1000
Juan LopezDistinguidosGermany52 x 162 (6.4") - PerfectoRomeoNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars1000
Sancho PanzaEscuderosGermany50 x 155 (6.1") - Robusto ExtraDoblesNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars3000
La EscepcionSelectos FinosItaly38 x 166 (6.5") - PanetelaParejosNumbered Dress Box of 25 cigars2000
Edmundo DantesConde 54Mexico54 x 164 (6.5") - Double RobustoSublimesNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 25 cigars1000
PunchDescobridoresPortugal50 x 124 (4.9") - RobustoRobustosNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars2500
PunchClasicosSwitzerland50 x 184 (7.2") - Double RobustoNro.109Numbered Varnished 8-9-8 Box of 10 cigars4000
Ramon AllonesEspecialesSwitzerland52 x 115 (4.5") - Petit RobustoMágicosNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 25 cigars1200
El Rey del MundoNL No. 1Netherlands52 x 115 (4.5") - Petit RobustoMágicosNumbered Slide Lid Box of 10 cigars2500
BolivarBritánicasGreat Britain48 x 137 (5.4") - PerfectoBritánicas ExtraNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars3000
PunchMedalla de OroGreat Britain50 x 155 (6.1") - Robusto ExtraDoblesNumbered Varnished Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars in gold foil3000
Ramon AllonesMacedonianGreece & Cyprus52 x 135 (5.3") - RobustoEdmundoNumbered Dress Box of 25 cigars1000
BolivarOryxQatar52 x 135 (5.3") - RobustoEdmundoNumbered Dress Box of 25 cigars1000
BolivarEmperadorRussia48 x 157 (6.2") - Grand CoronaHermosos No.2Numbered Dress Box of 10 cigars2500

2010 :


BrandCigar NameRegionSizeFactory VitolaPackaging TypeNumber Produced
Juan LopezSelección No. 5Andorra40 x 102 (4.0") - Petit CoronaPerlasNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars1000
Juan LopezSelección No. 4Asia Pacifico52 x 156 (6.1") - PyramidPirámidesNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars4000
Por LarrañagaEncantosAsia Pacifico43 x 170 (6.7") - LonsdaleDaliasNumbered Varnished Semi Boite Nature Box of 25 cigars4000
FonsecaFonseca No. 4Benelux48 x 127 (5.0") - Corona ExtraHermosos No.4Numbered Dress Box of 25 cigars in tissue1600
Juan LopezSelección No. 3Benelux52 x 110 (4.3") - Petit RobustoPetit EdmundoNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars1600
BolivarB-2Canada52 x 156 (6.1") - PyramidPirámidesNumbered Dress Box of 25 cigars1000
Ramon AllonesGordito de AllonesCanada50 x 141 (5.6") - Robusto ExtraGorditosNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars2500
Vegas RobainaPetit RobustoFrance50 x 102 (4.0") - Petit RobustoPetit RobustosNumbered Varnished Slide Lid Box of 10 cigars3500
Por LarrañagaRobustosGermany50 x 124 (4.9") - RobustoRobustosNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars2000
Ramon AllonesBelicososGermany52 x 140 (5.5") - PyramidCampanasNumbered Dress Box of 25 cigars2000
Ramon AllonesLusitanosPortugal52 x 110 (4.3") - Petit RobustoPetit EdmundoNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars2500
Bolivar108Spain46 x 143 (5.6") - Grand CoronaCoronas GordasNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars4000
Sancho PanzaQuijoteSpain49 x 194 (7.6") - Double CoronaProminentesNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars2500
El Rey del MundoElegantesSwitzerland50 x 141 (5.6") - Robusto ExtraGorditosNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars2400
La Gloria CubanaTriunfosSwitzerland50 x 160 (6.3") - Double RobustoMagnum 50Numbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars2400
La Flor de CanoShort RobustoGreat Britain50 x 102 (4.0") - Petit RobustoPetit RobustosNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars1200
Por LarrañagaRegalias de LondresGreat Britain50 x 141 (5.6") - Robusto ExtraGorditosNumbered Dress Box of 25 cigars1200
BolivarEmiratosUAE54 x 164 (6.5") - Double RobustoSublimesNumbered Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars3000
Ramon AllonesPhoenicio 32Lebanon52 x 156 (6.1") - PyramidPirámidesNumbered Varnished Boîte Nature Box of 30 cigars2000
PunchPetit PiramideSouth Africa50 x 127 (5.0") - Petit PyramidPetit PirámidesNumbered Dress Box of 25 cigars1000
Ramon AllonesGladiatorAndino B.P.E.52 x 170 (6.7") - Double RobustoTorre IznagaNumbered Slide Lid Box of 50 cigars500

2009 :


BrandCigar NameRegionSizeFactory VitolaPackaging TypeNumber Produced
Juan LopezShort RobustoAndorra50 x 102 (4.0") - Petit RobustoPetit RobustosNumbered 8-9-8 Box of 50 cigars600
Ramon AllonesCelestiales FinosAsia Pacifico46 x 137 (5.4") - PerfectoBritánicasNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars4000
Saint Luis ReyPacificosAsia Pacifico52 x 156 (6.1") - PyramidPirámidesNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars4000
BolivarFabulososBenelux52 x 135 (5.3") - RobustoEdmundoNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars2600
PunchPunch RoyalBenelux50 x 141 (5.6") - Robusto ExtraGorditosNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars2600
Ramon AllonesPetit UnicosCanada50 x 127 (5.0") - Petit PyramidPetit PirámidesNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 25 cigars1200
Vegas RobainaPetit RobainaCanada52 x 110 (4.3") - Petit RobustoPetit EdmundoNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 25 cigars1200
La Gloria CubanaDeliciososCuba48 x 127 (5.0") - Corona ExtraHermosos No.4Numbered Ceramic Jar of 25 cigars2000
El Rey Del MundoPetit CompañiaFrance50 x 127 (5.0") - Petit PyramidPetit PirámidesNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars8000
PunchSmall ClubFrance50 x 102 (4.0") - Petit RobustoPetit RobustosNumbered Slide Lid Box of 10 cigars8000
BolivarEspeciales No. 2Germany38 x 192 (7.6") - Long PanetelaDelicadosNumbered Dress Box of 25 cigars in an aluminium foil bundle2400
Bolivar5ta AvenidaGermany50 x 184 (7.2") - Double RobustoNro.109Numbered Dress Box of 20 cigars3000
PunchPlatinoIndia49 x 194 (7.6") - Double CoronaProminentesNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 25 cigars in aluminium foil1600
PunchGran RobustoSpain50 x 155 (6.1") - Robusto ExtraDoblesNumbered Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars8000
Por LarrañagaValiososSwitzerland52 x 156 (6.1") - PyramidPirámidesNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 25 cigars2000
PunchPoderososSwitzerland54 x 164 (6.5") - Double RobustoSublimesNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars2400
El Rey Del MundoChoix de L'EpoqueGreat Britain52 x 110 (4.3") - Petit RobustoPetit EdmundoNumbered Dress Box of 25 cigars2000
Juan LopezSelección SupremaGreat Britain52 x 170 (6.7") - Double RobustoTorre IznagaNumbered Slide Lid Box of 10 cigars2000
BolivarGrecoGreece & Cyprus50 x 141 (5.6") - Robusto ExtraGorditosNumbered Varnished Semi Boite Nature Box of 25 cigars1600
Por LarrañagaLos AndesPeru & Andino B.P.E.50 x 127 (5.0") - Petit PyramidPetit PirámidesNumbered Slide Lid Box of 50 cigars600
PunchNorthern LightsNordic Countries52 x 110 (4.3") - Petit RobustoPetit EdmundoNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars1500
Ramon AllonesBeritusLebanon52 x 135 (5.3") - RobustoEdmundoNumbered Varnished Semi Boite Nature Box of 25 cigars3000

2008 :


BrandCigar NameRegionSizeFactory VitolaPackaging TypeNumber Produced
BolivarShort BolivarAsia Pacifico52 x 110 (4.3") - Petit RobustoPetit EdmundoNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars7400
Por LarrañagaBelicosos ExtraAsia Pacifico52 x 140 (5.5") - PyramidCampanasNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars7400
BolivarArmoníasChina57 x 184 (7.2") - Double PerfectoSalomónNumbered Special Metal Tin of 8 cigars within a timber box2008
BolivarPetit LibertadorFrance50 x 102 (4.0") - Petit RobustoPetit RobustosNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars2800
Ramon AllonesEspecial de AllonesFrance52 x 140 (5.5") - PyramidCampanasNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars2800
Vegas RobainaPetit RobustoPortugal50 x 102 (4.0") - Petit RobustoPetit RobustosNumbered Dress Box of 25 cigars600
Ramon AllonesGrandesSpain49 x 180 (7.1") - Double CoronaPacosNumbered Varnished 8-9-8 Box of 10 cigars12000
BolivarLegendariosSwitzerland50 x 155 (6.1") - Robusto ExtraDoblesNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars2430
Juan LopezMaximosSwitzerland48 x 157 (6.2") - Grand CoronaHermosos No.2Numbered Dress Box of 25 cigars2550
La Gloria CubanaGloriososGreat Britain50 x 155 (6.1") - Robusto ExtraDoblesNumbered Varnished Semi Boite Nature Box of 10 cigars2040
PunchSerie D'Oro No.1Great Britain52 x 156 (6.1") - PyramidPirámidesNumbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 25 cigars1210
El Rey del MundoTorpedosItaly52 x 140 (5.5") - PyramidCampanasNumbered Slide Lid Box of 10 cigars1020
Juan LopezShort TorpedoCaribe50 x 127 (5.0") - Petit PyramidPetit PirámidesNumbered Dress Box of 25 cigars624
PunchRobustoEmiratos50 x 124 (4.9") - RobustoRobustosNumbered Dress Box of 25 cigars2000
PunchDiademas ExtraItaly55 x 233 (9.2") - Giant PerfectoDiademasNumbered Slide Lid Box of 10 cigars in gold foil1020
Ramon AllonesPhoenicioLebanon54 x 164 (6.5") - Double RobustoSublimesNumbered Varnished Boîte Nature Box of 30 cigars6000
Vegas RobainaMarshallAdriatico50 x 124 (4.9") - RobustoRobustosNumbered Varnished 8-9-8 Box of 10 cigars1500

2007 :


BrandCigar NameRegionSizeFactory VitolaPackaging TypeNumber Produced
Por LarrañagaRobusto de LarranagaAsia-Pacifico50 x 124 (4.9") - RobustoRobustosNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars6000
Ramon AllonesGran RobustoBenelux50 x 155 (6.1") - Robusto ExtraDoblesNumbered Slide Lid Box of 50 cigars204
BolivarSimonesCanada48 x 127 (5.0") - Corona ExtraHermosos No.4Numbered Slide Lid Box of 50 cigars600
Edmundo DantesEl Conde 109Mexico50 x 184 (7.2") - Double RobustoNro.109Numbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 25 cigars600
Vegas RobainaMaestrosSpain50 x 141 (5.6") - Robusto ExtraGorditosNumbered Varnished Boîte Nature Box of 10 cigars20000
Por LarrañagaMagnificosGreat Britain50 x 170 (6.7") - Double RobustoPartagas No.16Numbered Slide Lid Box of 10 cigars1020

2006 :


BrandCigar NameRegionSizeFactory VitolaPackaging TypeNumber Produced
PunchSuper RobustoAsia-Pacifico50 x 155 (6.1") - Robusto ExtraDoblesNumbered Slide Lid Box of 50 cigars420
Ramon AllonesEstupendosAsia-Pacifico47 x 178 (7.0") - ChurchillJulieta No.2Numbered Slide Lid Box of 50 cigars260
BolivarLibertadorFrance54 x 164 (6.5") - Double RobustoSublimesNumbered Dress Box of 10 cigars3000
Juan LopezObusFrance52 x 140 (5.5") - PyramidCampanasNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars3000
BolivarColosalesGermany50 x 155 (6.1") - Robusto ExtraDoblesNumbered Slide Lid Box of 50 cigars1200
Por LarrañagaLonsdalesGermany42 x 165 (6.5") - LonsdaleCervantesNumbered Dress Box of 25 cigars2400

2005 :


BrandCigar NameRegionSizeFactory VitolaPackaging TypeNumber Produced
PunchRobustoSwitzerland50 x 124 (4.9") - RobustoRobustosNumbered Dress Box of 25 cigars1200
Ramon AllonesEminenciaSwitzerland44 x 143 (5.6") - CoronaFranciscosNumbered Slide Lid Box of 25 cigars1220
PunchSuperfinosItaly42 x 110 (4.3") - Petit CoronaMinutosNumbered Slide Lid Box of 50 cigars300
Ramon AllonesSelección SupremaItaly46 x 143 (5.6") - Grand CoronaCoronas Gordas25 Cigars500

ramon-allones-exclusivo-libano
SPECIAL EDITIONS These are two production lines limited: "Collection" which has a module of a unique brand in an original box, and "Antigua", which is a replica of an early version.

 

THE OTHER CIGARS

The embargo of the United States against Cuba

February 7th, 1962, the American President John F. Kennedy imposed a trade embargo against Cuba and the communist government of Fidel Castro. The President of the United States, asked, at night of February 6th, 1962 to an officer to find him(her) urgently an important quantity approximately one thousand cigars (it was a question of H. Upmann Petit Coronas) of Havana. A few hours after the obtaining of these, Kennedy signed the decree establishing the embargo on Cuba.

The embargo forbids to the American residents the purchase of Cuban cigars and to the manufacturers of importer's American cigars of the Cuban tobacco. As a consequence(accordingly), Cuba was deprived of his(her) main customer for the tobacco. The manufacturers of American cigars had to find an alternative(alternate) source(spring) of tobacco either retire from business.

Many of the former manufacturers of Cuban cigars moved towards other countries (mainly in Dominican Republic) to continue the production. The Dominican production of tobacco increased in a significant way afterward. After reallocation, most of the Cuban manufacturers continued to use their name of known company, seeds and technique of harvest. So, this country makes in any legality (for the market U.S. in particular) Dominican versions of the big Cuban marks(brands): Cohiba (see example below), Partagas, Romeo Y Julieta or still H. Upmann. In brief, if you know well the Cuban rings, you will distinguish with no problem at all the Dominican productions.

Cohiba Red Dot

It remains illegal for the residents of the United States to buy or import Cuban cigars no matter where they are in the world, even if they are easily available through the north border of Canada and south border of Mexico. While the Cuban cigars are introduced in smuggling(contraband) in the United States and sold to high prices, the forgery(imitation) is omnipresent, it was said that 95 % of the Cuban cigars sold in the USA are forgeries(imitations). Although the Cuban cigars cannot be legally imported in the United States, the succession(advent) of Internet made much easier the purchase of on-line cigars from the other countries for the persons to the United States, in particular when they are sent without bands(strips).

The cigars of Dominican Republic

map_of_dominican-republic

Dominican cigars are held in high esteem worldwide. The huge success of the Fuente Family’s Opus X cigar has only increased and encouraged their popularity.

Tobacco is native to the island of Hispaniola, and has been cultivated in the Dominican Republic for centuries. The indigeneous Taino and Arawak people encountered by Columbus and his crew cultivated and smoked the “cohiba” here as well as in Cuba. In the nineteenth century, cigar production in the Carribean was dominated by German monopolies that favored Cuban cigars, and in many ways it only relatively recently that Dominican cigars have come out of the shadow cast by the Cuban giants.

Over half of all cigars consumed in the United States arrive from the Dominican Republic. In the past decade this has become even more evident as the population of Santiago has surged, largely because of “El Boom” - the huge upswing in the popularity of cigar smoking in the United States. While the boom has come and gone, the demand for premium cigars remains and the cigar makers of the DR are responding.

But it wasn’t always this way. The overwhelming reputation and quality of Cuban cigars for a long time left the Dominican product a fairly small share in the market. While Cuban cigars were available in the United States, Dominican tobacco was often relegated to cigarette production. But with the communist revolution in Cuba came both the American embargo and the exodus of many of Cuba’s best tobacco men. One of these was Carlos Torano, who in 1959 fled Cuba to the Dominican Republic with one of its most prized possessions: the seed for a variety of tobacco that would become known as piloto cubano. An unstable government created obstacles for the cigar companies and they struggled. But when the Sandinistas took power in Nicaragua, yet another influx of cigar professionals arrived in the DR. All of these things, combined with a perceptible decrease in the quality of Cuban cigars, helped to firmly plant the industry.

The oldest cigar factory still operating in the Dominican Republic is La Aurora, S.A., in Santiago, the center of cigar production in this country. Other major brands like Arturo Fuente, Davidoff, La Flor Dominicana, and La Gloria Cubana also have factories in or near Santiago.

map of villa gonzalez

The primary source of tobacco in the Domincan Republic is the rich and fertile Cibao Valley which lies between two mountain ranges: the Cordillera Septontrional to the north and the Cordillera Central to the south. To the northwest, following the North Yaque river, are the villages where tobacco has been cultivated by local farmers for generations: Villa Gonzalez, Navarette, La Canela, among others.

The Cibao valley was formed by the erosion of the Cordilleras and is perfectly situated to protect the crops from Carribean storms. The Yaque valley and the Vega Real within the Cibao- this corridor northwest of Santiago - is where most of the black tobacco for cigars is grown. The country’s richest and deepest topsoil is found here.

There are three traditional types of tobacco grown in the Cibao valley:

Olor Domicano: The only native tobacco in the Dominican Republic. Mild and somewhat salty when grown for binder and filler. Recently it has been grown as wrapper for Davidoff’s Dominican puro.

Piloto Cubano: derived from Cuban seed, this is usually the strongest variety. Used to add strength as filler.

San Vicente: a hybrid of Piloto developed on the farm of San Vicente in the Vuelta Abajo. A bit lighter than Piloto, and somewhat acidic in quality. Used for binder and filler.

Wrapper leaf has until recent years been a real problem for Dominican cigar makers. Until the Fuente’s experiments with wrapper leaf on their farm in El Caribe, about 2 hours south of Santiago, it was thought that it was impossible to grow quality wrapper in the DR. Wrapper leaf was normally imported from Connecticut or Cameroon to finish the otherwise purely Dominican cigar.

But Carlos Fuentes was determined to grow Dominican wrappers after being told by a group of European retailers that it couldn’t be done. After seeing an unusual batch of piloto cubano grown by Angel Oliva on the farm that would later become Chateau de la Fuente, Carlos decided this would be his Dominican wrapper. After his success, and the huge following obtained by the Opux X line that first used this wrapper, other cigar makers followed suit. There are now several Dominican “puros” in existence, made by La Flor Dominicana, Davidoff, La Aurora, Augusto Reyes of Fittipaldi Cigars, and others.

The cigars of Honduras

map_of_honduras

Honduras, the original “banana republic,” has been a tobacco source and cigar manufacturing region since at least 1765, when the Spanish crown established a royal tobacco trading post near Santa Rosa in Copan. This area is now a major coffee growing area, but tobacco and cigars are still an industry here. The Spanish stimulated the growth of the cigar trade here partly as a way to encourage settlement in the area. The northwest and western parts of Honduras are also home to a type of wild tobacco called “copaneco,” and it may be that this is what the natives, and perhaps the Spanish colonials, originally rolled into their cigars.

In addition to the Copan region, there are two other areas famous for tobacco cultivation and cigar manufacturing. The first and foremost is the area around Danli in El Paraiso. Danli is to Honduras what Esteli is to Nicaragua- the capital of the cigar business in their respective countries. Similarly, it could also be said that the Jamastran Valley is to Honduras what the Jalapa Valley is to Nicaragua. Jamastran and the surrounding areas are the primary locations for cigar tobacco cultivation in South Honduras.

More centrally located in the country is the third major cultivation area- the Talanga Valley in the Francisco Morazan provice, about a two hour drive northwest from Danli. Here tobacco is grown using the encallado method. Because Talanga is windy, tents are erected around the crop to protect the sun grown tobacco from wind damage. Rows of thick king grass are also grown around the tobacco plots as additional protection. This is typically why cigar tobacco, especially sun grown tobacco, is grown in valleys - the natural barrier helps to protect the delicate leaves from the wind.

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The major players in Honduras, like those in Nicaragua, arrived here as Cuban exiles. By the time of the U.S. embargo, Honduras had a head start over Nicaragua because the government had been sponsoring growth in the development of cigar companies. This advantage was offset by an almost complete lack of infrastructure in Honduras; roads being one of the major amenities missing here. But Honduras was given another boost when the Sandinistas took over in 1979. Just as Central America benefited from the Cuban revolution, so did Honduras benefit from Nicaragua’s coup as tobacco farmers and cigar rollers emigrated to Honduras for work.

The similarity of the regions of Jalapa in Nicaragua and Jamastran in Honduras made this transition an easy one. Both have been described as very similar to the Pinar del Rio region of Cuba, by people who certainly know their business. And in the same way that Nicaraguan cigars were made to satisfy the American market for Cuban cigars left vacant by the embargo, Honduras tried to do the same thing. Heavyweight and serious cigars with a good bite became the goal for at least some producers.

Among these, the most successful have been the Plasencias, the Eiroas of Camacho Cigars, Frank Llaneza and Estelo Padron of HATSA (Villazon), and Rolando Reyes of Puros Indios. All of these men and their families are major players on the Honduran cigar scene, blending cigars that are unique and emblematic of Honduran flavor.

The types of cigar tobacco grown in Honduras are mostly Cuban seed. In fact, a test crop grown with Cuban seed smuggled into Honduras by Juan Bermejo became the basis for a great deal of the cigar tobacco grown in Central America after the revolution. Both Cuban criollo and shade grown corojo are cultivated for their strong heady flavor. Both require careful fermentation and curing to mellow the tobacco.

The cigars of Nicaragua

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The story of Nicaraguan cigars is a dramatic one, spiked with crises but crowned by the achievements and endurance of its people. Today some of the best cigars in the world are coming from Nicaraguan fields, but it hasn’t always been easy for the vegueros and cigar producers of this small Central American country.

As usual, the history of Nicaraguan cigars begins with the exodus of 1959 when the great Cuban cigar makers left Cuba in search of new land to grow tobacco and roll cigars. While cigarette tobacco had been cultivated in Nicaragua for years, cigar tobacco had not been supported until the Somoza government found a way to take advantage of Castro’s revolution - they would take some of Cuba’s best cigar men, and some of Cuba’s best tobacco seeds, and finance a new industry for Nicaragua. Among the great cigar producers who played a part in this are Plasencia, Padron, Oliva, and Bermejo. Others would follow in time, but first, more disasters.

The Somoza dictatorship would fall to the Sandinistas in 1979. The tobacco corridor in northern Nicaragua was in fact a seat of activity for the revolutionaries, so the farms and factories of the region were quickly liquidated and the property redistributed under the new socialist government. Most of the production was redirected toward burley, cigarette tobacco, for Eastern European markets. Volume was the goal. The Cubans once again assisted by allowing tainted seed to infect the Nicaraguan crop with blue mold, and the production of wrapper leaf was virtually extinguished.

Up till this time Nicaragua was producing some of the finest premium cigars available anywhere, competing successfully with the top Cuban brands. The main brand, Joya de Nicaragua, became the standard. The Sandistas ended all that, but not forever. The roots of the great cigar families remained while the political storm would blow over.

The cigar industry would revive again with the election of Violeta Chamorro, ending the reign of the socialists. The Padrons, the Plasencias, and all the rest would start again, with only one more crisis to weather: in 1998, Hurrican Mitch struck Nicaragua with devastating effect. In some parts of the country, a year’s worth of rain fell in four days, rain that fell for seven days without cease. Rivers swollen ten times their normal capacity washed away bridges and houses and the rain caused avalanches that killed thousands. The country was left in ruins with more than 70 percent of its physical infrastructure destroyed. The tobacco farms and cigar factories were all affected by this. On one of the Padron farms the topsoil was literally washed away, leaving a field of rocks.

Once again, the farms would start over. And once again, Nicaraguan cigars would be recognized as some of the best in the world.

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The capital of Nicaraguan cigar production is in Esteli, a northern town of about 100,000 that has been largely supported by the tobacco and coffee industries. There are several major cigar factories- some of the biggest being Padron’s Cubanica, Segovia (Plasencia), Tabacalera Perdomo, NATSA, and Kiki Berger’s Tabacalera Esteli. Following the road north leads to the Condega valley, home to tobacco fields and factories, including the maker of Felipe Gregorio’s Nicaraguan blends. Finally, veering east from Ocotal and across miles of the worst roads imaginable one lands in the Jalapa valley, the jewel in Nicaragua’s tobacco crown.

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Nestled against the Honduran border, the Jalapa valley is extremely remote. Its proximity to the border along with its isolation made it a staging ground for both Sandinistas before the revolution, and for the Contras later on. Today the valley is known for its lush, moist microclimate that many Cuban expatriates have compared to Cuba’s Vuelta Abajo.

Tobacco grown in Esteli is considered to be stronger than that grown in Jalapa, and is usually used for filler, while Jalapa leaf is sweeter but still rich, and more suitable for wrapper. Condega leaf falls between the two in strength and texture. The varieties of tobacco found in the northern tobacco corridor have Cuban origins, most having been smuggled out of Cuba directly into the hands of the Nicaraguan tobacco growers. Some of the more recently developed varieties such as the Habana 2000 corojo hybrid for wrapper and Criollo 98 for filler are also being grown and developed in Nicaragua.

The cigars of the other countries

Tobaccos used for the manufacturing of cigars are mainly cultivated in Cuba, in Cameroon, in Brazil, in Dominican Republic, in Indonesia, in Nicaragua, in Honduras and in the United States.

Italy produces the very dry cigar Toscano, very different Cuban wet cigars. The Tuscan style of cigars are also made in the United States, only by The Avanti Cigar Co de Scranton, in Pennsylvania. Their marks(brands) are Parodi, Of Nobili, Petri, and Avanti.

Cheroot (or Stogie) is traditionally associated in Burma and India.

The region of Navarrenx, in Bearn (France), also contains a production of cigars, carrying(wearing) the mark(brand) Navarre. The company which knew some difficultés2 was resumed(taken back) during summer, 2010 and the production should start again on September 17th, 2010. Cyclists specially come from Cuba make cigars Navarre. Within the framework of the new commercial policy of the mark(brand), cigars Navarre will be distributed from now on by Altadis (ex Seita). The company has from now on the label " Begun(Undertaken) by the alive heritage(holdings) ".

 

CIGARS IN THE POPULAR CULTURE

During the 80s, the main americains newspapers depict cigars favorably; they generally associated the fact of smoking a cigar as a lucrative activity or a fashionable habit, rather than as a risk for the health. Rich people are often caricatured with hats top, tails and smoking cigars.

Cigars are often smoked to celebrate special opportunities(occasions): the birth of a child, a diploma, a big sale. The expression " Closed purpose no cigar " comes from the practice to give cigars as price(prize) in the games(sets) of the carnivals.

We find numerous amateur famous characters of cigars. Among whom(which), Albert Einstein illustrates American physicist of German origin or Sigmund Freud who admitted that the tobacco was the indispensable additive, the elaboration of its work.

The great name of history, the smoker of cigars, doubtless the most known are Winston Churchill for its political action(share), its famous speeches and his(her) strong personality. Big amateur of cigars, he died at the age of 91 although smoking since the age of approximately 20 years 4 000 cigars a year. His(her,its) favorite cigar was the double(copy) 19 mm in diameter corona which carries(wears) from now on its name.

The only big smoker of cigars having exceeded(overtaken) the longevity of Churchill is George Burns who began to smoke at the age of 14 and who smoked his last cigar having celebrated its hundred years. Bill Cosby, famous American actor is a follower of the cigar also for a long time and is the author of the quotation " a thing to be never forgotten by going out one, a cigar ". He(it) appreciates(estimates) quite particularly the double(copy) corona Hoyo de Monterry.

Certain women also like the cigar and do not hide any more to smoke him(it). Indeed, for a long time, these smoked until XIX where the change of customs due to the western influence to reserve this use(custom) to the men(people). The only woman known for this time(period) smoking the cigar, is Georges Sand, admirable woman of letter, been in love freedom and despising the agreements(conventions) of time(period).

Nowadays, we find numerous known women who smoke the cigar as Madonna, Whoppi Goldberg, Christine Ockrent …

Amateur big Arnold Schwarzenegger of cigars is a co-owner of the exclusive club of the amateurs of Beverly Hills's cigars: "The Havana Room".

We cannot separate, either, Jacques Dutronc " The Gentleman singer " of eternal sound cigar in the mouth.

  • Fidel Castro
  • Jay Z
  • Joe Pesci
  • Michael Jordan
  • Nicolas Hayek
  • Al Pacino
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Michael Douglas
  • T.I.
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Che Guevara
  • Andy Garcia
  • Nicolas Cage
  • Mel Gibson
  • Luciano Pavarotti
  • Kanye West
  • JFK
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Dita Von Teese
  • Winston Churchill

 

ZINO DAVIDOFF

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Click on the image to discover the biography of the Mister Cigar, Zino Davidoff.