Date: April 2019
Author: Inspector Z

VegaFina releases another Gran Reserva. The Dominican brand announced a 5¾x52 double robusto as the 2019 limited edition. And just like last year, the cigar will come with a pigtail.

The cigar comes with the regular white and silver VegaFina ring. It also sports a secondary ring. This is a tampered ring, black with silver outlines and silver letters. This is different from last year. Last year the limited edition celebrated the 20th anniversary of the brand. And those cigars came with a foot ring.

Little over 5000 boxes of ten cigars are made for worldwide distribution. The cigars are made at Tabacalera de Garcia. That’s a cigar factory owned by Altadis in the Dominican Republic. The blend is made from Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. The binder is Nicaraguan Habano. The wrapper is Ecuadorian Habano. The cigars are already on the market in Spain. Other countries will follow soon.

Altadis

Twenty-one years ago, the brand was first released by the Spanish tobacco monopoly Tabacalera. A year later, Tabacalera merged with the French tobacco monopoly SEITA. They formed Altadis. And Altadis purchased a 50% stake in Habanos. Habanos S.A. is a part of the Cuban state tobacco company, Cubatabaco. Habanos controls the promotion, distribution, and export of Cuban cigars.

In 2008, Altadis became part of Imperial Brands. That after agreeing to a 16.2 billion offer from the British company. Imperial Brands didn’t have a premium cigar division at the time. By purchasing Altadis they covered that part of the market too.

The American branch of Altadis, Altadis USA, owns the copyrights for a few Cuban names in the USA. They include H. Upmann, Jose Piedra, Montecristo, Quintero, and Romeo y Julieta. If the embargo ever gets lifted, those will be the first Cuban brands on the market. Habanos won’t have to fight legal battles over the names. Other names are copyrighted by other companies, of which General Cigars owns the most and the best. General Cigars is part of Scandinavian Tobacco Group, another huge player on the market.

Ministry of Cigars VegaFina releases another Gran Reserva


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