Cohiba Cigars

In 1492, during Columbus’ first voyage to the ‘new world’, he visited the island of Cuba. His sailors were introduced to ‘Cohiba’ by the island natives, a bunch of dried leaves that were smoked in a pipe called a ‘Tobacco’. When Columbus returned to Spain with a sampling of the dried leaves, it is said that he mistakenly called the leafy smoke Tobacco. And so it goes Cohiba, true to its brand, is Tobacco, literally.

If there is one Cuban cigar that is truly worthy of it’s name, it is definitely the Cohiba. The brand, first introduced in 1968, was originally reserved for diplomatic use only. In 1982, three types of Cohiba Cuban cigars were introduced to non-diplomats: the Lanceros, the Coronas Especiales and the Panatelas. Three more vitoles were added to the brand in 1989: the Espl?ndidos, the Robustos and the Exquisitos, completing what is known as ‘La L?nea Clasica’. Five more vitoles were added in 1992 creating the ‘Linea 1492’: the Siglo I, II, III, IV, V and VI. Cohiba remains the King of the Cubans. Only the finest tobacco leaves are used to create the various types of Cohiba cigars.

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H. Upmann Cigars

hupmann_cigars_logoH. Upmann is one of the best-known and oldest names in cigars. Founded in Cuba in 1844, this popular version, now produced in the Dominican Republic is a best seller.

H. Upmann cigars are known for being extremely dependable and consistent. Produced and distributed by Altadis U.S.A., makers of such premium brands as Romeo y Julieta and Montecristo, each H. Upmann undergoes rigorous quality control to ensure each cigar sent to retail shelves will have a great burn, flavor, and draw perfectly every time.

H. Upmann is medium-bodied due to its Piloto Cubano, Cuban-seed Dominican filler. These seeds have locked in the essence and history that have made Cuban cigars so famous, very appropriate for a cigar name with a rich history and foundation in Old Havana. The cigar is finished with an Indonesian wrapper that provides a sweet and silky finish with a truly enticing aroma. Taste a piece of cigar history with H. Upmann.

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Romeo y Julieta Cigars

romeo_julieta_cigars_logoDeveloped in 1875 by Inocencio Alvarez and Mannin Garcia, this brand immediately showed its quality by winning gold medals in four universal expositions between 1885 and 1900. But it really took off after its acquisition in 1903 by Jose Rodriguez Fernandez, known as “Pepin.” Named for the lovers in William Shakespeare’s tragedy of the same name (written circa 1596), the brand also is traditionally credited with the introduction of the “Churchill” shape in honour of the British statesman Winston Churchill (note the name of the factory shape for this size: the “Julieta 2.”).

Fernandez promoted his brand with endless energy and at one time, his Rodriguez, Arguelles y Cia. factory produced upward of 2,000 different cigar bands, personalized for their very best customers. Fernandez died at age 88 in 1954, but his efforts survive him as his full-flavoured Romeo y Julieta brand is one of the most widely known and appreciated in the world today.

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Partagás Cigars

partagas_cigars_logoThe Partagas name is among the most famous and recognizable cigar names in the world. With a rich history more then 160 years old, the brand first got its start as a Cuban premium.

This famous brand originated in 1845, not long after Jaime Partagas sailed from Spain to Cuba. Yet the greatest chapters of Partagas history were written by two other men, Ramón Cifuentes and the son who was named after him. Whether working together or alone, it was those two great cigar masters who made Partagas the leading Cuban cigar.

In 1961, two years after Fidel Castro had seized control of the Cuban government, Ramón Cifuentes was forced to flee the island. Seventeen years later, however, he succeeded in creating his Partagas cigars again, this time in the Dominican Republic, where the unmatched Cifuentes tradition of cigar making remains alive and well. Indeed, Ramón Cifuentes determined that he could begin producing his Partagas cigars again only after he had discovered, years after the Cuban embargo had begun, that the best wrapper leaves were being grown in Cameroon rather than Cuba.

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Montecristo Cigars

montecristo_cigars_logoDistributed widely throughout the world and sold originally by Dunhill New York, the Montecristo cigar currently accounts for almost 50% of all Cuban cigars exported each year, making the Montecristo the most popular Havana cigar in the world.

The Montecristo was originally branded in 1935 under the name ‘the H. Upmann Montecristo Selection’. When appointed the British distribution agent, the John Hunter firm shortened the brand’s name to Montecristo. The John Hunter firm also redesigned the brand?s logo to its distinctive red and yellow box with the triangular crossed swords.

These delicious, full-flavoured cigars are highly recognisable to the palate due to their unique tobacco blend, and their highly distinctive flavour. The Montecristo brand is also highly popular as the result of it’s exceptionally consistent quality.

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Hoyo De Monterrey Cigars

hoyo_monterrey_cigars_logoHoyo de Monterrey is one of the oldest cigar brands in the world, making its start in Cuba before expanding production to their factory in Honduras. Today it is one of the most famous brands on the Market.

Hoyo de Monterrey is one of the most recognized names in cigars. With deep roots in Cuba, this brand has consistently been one of the best cigars to ever come off the island. In 1969, after the trade embargo, production moved to Honduras and was first harvested from a Cuban seed smuggled out of Cuba in a diplomatic pouch.

The unique multi country blend used to make Hoyo de Monterrey is medium bodied with a solid creamy flavor and great balance. The cigar is currently made under the supervision of Estello Padron at the Villizon Factory where other big names such as Punch are made today. Estello’s commitment to quality and perfection ensures that each Hoyo de Monterrey is worthy of the name. Hoyo de Monterrey is and always has been a classic. Smoked by new enthusiasts and aficionados alike, it has a versatile flavor that appeals to many palates.

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Juan Lopez Cigars

juan_lopez_cigars_logoHere is one of the few Havana brands which is offered only in handmade styles, started in 1876 by Juan Lopez Diaz.

The range of sizes is limited, but the workmanship is first-rate and the flavour is considered to be medium to strong, with light and almost aromatic overtones. A sampling of this cigar may develop into a long term love for it.

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Sancho Panza Cigars

sancho_panza_cigars_logoWith an everyday low price, Sancho Panza is all about value. These box-pressed Nicaraguan cigars have received top marks by industry publications.

Crafted by Estelo Padron, the revered Honduran Cigar Master, these cigars are superbly constructed, draw perfectly and provide exceptional flavor – befitting a cigar named for Sancho Panza, the memorable literary figure created by the great Spnaish author, Miguel de Cervantes. Manservant to the famed Don Quixote de la Mancha, Sancho Panza personifies trustworthiness and reliability; attributes you will find in these cigars bearing his name.

A cigar of uncommon character and taste, worthy of its Cuban heritage, Sancho Panza is carefully grown with Cuban-seed filler tobaccos and a rich Connecticut Broadleaf binder. Wrapped with a seamless Connecticut leaf, Sancho Panza provides a light body with full flavors of cedar and earth for an incredibly smooth experience.

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