Ever wondered what you can find is those obviously fake Kohibas that you can buy on the Mexican beach in glass-top tubes? Courtesy of Andyp117 from r/cigars, whose boss brought a box of Montekristos from his trip as a gift to Andy, today you have the oppotunity to look inside. Enjoy.
Great people and Cuban cigars are in the past century irrevocably linked to each other. In honour of some unique personalities, La Casa del Habano Knokke developed in collaboration with portrait artist Jorg Schelfhout a set of jars. These show each a sketch of a well known smoker of the 20th century: Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy and Fidel Castro (ranking according to Cigar Aficionado). The cigars in the jar are in accordance with the preferred brand of the person depicted on the jar.
Artist Jorg Schelfhout feels an inexpressible impulsion that forces him to realize ideas in a concrete matter what stirs him inwardly. This is the source of the poetry that inspires most of his works. Each of his artworks is a compromise between sensory perception and extra - sensorial feelings. Together they build the indeterminate element in his work. In most of his works, Jorg reaches an extreme gravity, a borderline between dream and reality.
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Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchills (cepo 55 x 130 mm)
A 2010 release.
Price: € 495
JOHN F. KENNEDY
H. Upmann Robustos (cepo 50 x 124 mm)
A 2012 Edición Limitada release.
Cohiba 1966 (cepo 52 x 166 mm)
A 2011 Edición Limitada release (Linea Clásica), in honour of the 45th anniversary of Cohiba
Price: € 1.095
Price for 3 jars: € 1.895
The Cuban tobacco industry is currently the most successful premium cigar industry in the world, displaying an eight percent increase in sales around the world according to a recent announcement. Despite the restrictions on importing Cuban cigars in various countries, Habanos S.A. continues to enjoy increasing patronage in Asia-Pacific countries, Russia, and the Middle East, as well as some growth in the UK, Germany, and France. Specific figures for those European countries have not yet been released.
According to Jorge Luis Fernandez Maique, co-president of Habanos S.A., the company has exceeded its 2011 production figures as well as its 2011 sales revenue. Why are Cuban cigars so popular? The excellent hand-made quality that goes into their premium tobacco products continues to push the Cuban cigar industry ahead. Cuban cigars remain a beacon of quality that other cigar makers around the globe envy and strive to match. Now, that sounded really good. Perhaps I should work in Habanos S.A. PR department?
Recently there have been a lot of rumors circulating about the Trinidad brand. We’d already heard that Trinidad will no longer be producing Robusto T (one of the brand’s best-selling cigars), but apparently the news is much bigger than this. It turns out that Habanos SA is ceasing all production of the Trinidad brand for the next two years. The topic of speculation is now the re-launch — as of today, Trinidad produces five vitolas: Coloniales, Fundadores, Reyes, Robusto Extra and Robusto T. There have been two limited editions as well: Ingenios (2007) and Short Robusto T (2010). As you can see, we've reviewed every single cigar from the range.
We don’t yet know which of these vitolas if any will be returning in two years or whether there will be any new Trinidad cigars. Right now Habanos SA is focusing its efforts on Cohiba, which will be the only premium Habanos SA brand from now on. This might be the time to stock up on all your favorite Trinidad cigars before they’re gone, possibly forever :(
Update (Apr 27 2012, thanks Karl!) NOW offical statement is, that Reyes, Coloniales and Fundadores will not be discontinued but only the other sizes such as Robusto T and Robusto Extra.
Habanos S.A. recently announced limited editions for 2012. The first one is Montecristo 520. This 55 ring gauge cigar, measuring 155 mm / 6.1 inches, is released to celebrate the 520th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of the New World (including Cuba!).
The second edicion limitada is the H. Upmann Robusto, made from two year old tobacco. The third one is the Partagas Serie C No. 3, a 5.5 x 48 grand corona.
Last but not least, there will be some more releases this year: Romeo y Julieta Petit Churchill (a petit robusto), Cohiba Piramides Extra and Romeo y Julieta Reserva (churchill vitola).
If you don't live in the US, it is highly possible that your local cigar shop will soon receive (if it hasn't already) some shiny Cuban cigars with red bands. These are regional releases, exponentially produced by Habanos SA year after year. First, these releases were done for mature markets like Spain or the UK, but since 2-3 years even smaller countries like Bulgaria or Israel get their own double-banded babies. Below is the list of 2011 releases for your reference.
- Austria: Juan Lopez Ideales (4in / 102mm x 50 Petit Robusto)
- Benelux: La Gloria Cubana No.1 (5.5in / 140mm x 52 Robusto Extra)
- Bulgaria: Bolivar 681 (6in / 153mm x 53 Robusto Extra)
- Canada #1: Juan Lopez Supreme (5.3in / 135mm x 52 Edmundo)
- Canada #2: Ramon Allones Super Ramon (7.1in / 180mm x 54 Robusto)
- France: Fonseca Amateur (5.6in / 141mm x 50 Robusto Extra)
- Germany #1: Juan Lopez Distinguidos (6.4in / 162mm x 52 Perfecto)
- Germany #2: Sancho Panza Escuderos (6.1in / 155mm x 50 Robusto Extra)
- Israel: Ramon Allones Petit Robusto (4in / 102mm x 50 Petit Robusto)
- Italy: La Escepcion Selectos Finos (6.5in / 166mm x 38 Panatela)
- Mexico: Montecristo Edmundo Dantes Conde 54 (6.5in / 164mm x 54 Double Robusto)
- Middle East #1: Bolívar Oryz (5.3in / 135mm x 52 Robusto)
- Middle East #2: Ramón Allones Macedonian (5.3in / 135mm x 52 Robusto)
- Netherlands: El Rey del Mundo No.1 (4.5in / 115mm x 52 Petit Robusto)
- Pacific Asia #1: Punch Sabrosos (6.1in / 156mm x 52 Pyramid)
- Pacific Asia #2: Quai d'Orsay Superiores (4.9in / 124mm x 50 Robusto)
- Portugal: Punch Descobridores (4.9in / 124mm x 50 Robusto)
- Russia: Bolivar Emperador (6.2in / 157mm x 48 Grand Corona)
- Spain: Por Larranaga Legendarios (6.7in / 170mm x 52 Double Robusto)
- Switzerland #1: Punch Clasicos (7.2in / 184mm x 50 Double - Triple? - Robusto)
- Switzerland #2: Ramon Allones Especiales (4.5in / 115mm x 52 Petit Edmundo)
- UK #1: Punch Medalla d'Oro (5.5in / 140mm x 52 Robusto Extra)
- UK #2: Bolivar Britanicas (5.4in / 137mm x 46 Perfecto)
Based on information from CubanCigarWebsite.com
This is not exactly fresh news, but still worth reminding you what cigars have been discontinued in 2011:
- San Cristobal de la Habana Mercaderes
- San Cristobal de la Habana Muralla
- San Cristobal de la Habana Oficios
- Partagas Culebras
- Bolivar Gold Medal
I will definitely regret the last three cigars, Oficios and Gold Medal being just damn fine smokes whereas Partagas Culebras allowed some very fun smoking sessions with friends.
2011’s three Edición Limitada cigars have just been announced by Habanos S.A. The most prominent offering is the Cohiba 1966 Edición Limitada, released in commemoration of Cohiba’s 45th anniversary.
Measuring 6.5 inches with a 52 ring gauge, the Cohiba 1966 Edición Limitada is a cañonazo especial cigar, slightly longer than the renowned Cohiba Siglo IV.
The other two Edición Limitada cigars for this year are the Hoyo de Monterrey Short Hoyo Pirámides (5.3 x 46) and the Ramon Allones Allones Extra (5.6 x 44).