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Even though we love Cuban Cigars, the first question out of peoples mouths is "Do you have Cubans?" Look, Cuban cigars are good but there are many countries that make great cigars too. It's like saying French wine is the only good wine, (Don't get insulted Pierre) there are wines that are not French and are great. So go have a cigarette, watch anime and eat a baguette. This article was written to let you guys in on the history of Cubans.
Brief Cigar History
Cigars, more or less in the form that we know them today, were first made in Spain in the early 18th century,using Cuban tobacco. At that time, no cigars were exported from Cuba. By 1790, cigar manufacturs had spread north of the Pyrenees,with small factories being set up in France and Germany.
Soon there was a demand for higher quality cigars in Europe, and Spanish cigars were superseded by those made in Cuba, which was then a Spanish colony, where cigar production had started during the mid-18th century. Cigars, European smokers discovered, traveled better than tobacco. The cigar probably arrived in North America in 1762, when Israel Putnam, later an American general in the American War of Independence(1774-1778), returned from Cuba,where he had served in the British army. He came back to his home in Connecticut, where tobacco had been grown by settlers since the 17th century, with a selection of Havana cigars and large amounts of Cuban tobacco seed. Cigar factories were later set up in the Connecticut area,processing the tobacco grown from the Cuban seed. In the early 19th century American domestic production started to take off and Cuban cigars also began tobe imported in significant numbers. But cigar smoking did not really boom in the United States until around the time of the Civil War in the 1860s, with individual brands emerging by the late 19th century.
By then the cigar had become a status symbol in the United States.
Welcome to Havana, Cuba... home of the legendary Cuban Cigar!
When you land at Jose Marti Airport in Havana, a new world awaits you. Cuba is almost the last place on earth to be kept under wraps, in a virtual time warp. No matter what your age, if you want to relive the Fifties you have come to the right spot. The vintage cars, slow pace of life, friendly smiles from strangers; these disappeared from much of the modern world long ago. So drop by the Partagas Cigar Factory, light up the best cigar in the world and then savor it in the place where it was born.
Why Cuban Cigars Are the World's Best ?
The Cuban cigar is the undisputed king of cigars. It is known as the habano or the puro. The vast majority are still rolled by hand. Columbus introduced both tobacco and the cigar to Spanish society. The town of Seville in Spain rolled its own cigars using Cuban tobacco, until demand for a better quality turned the tide for Cubato export their own product. You could say that Cuba’s early economic success became dependent on tobacco. Sailors from many nations stopped at ports in Cuba and took up the cigar habit. Within one hundred years, the industry boomed and there were 1,200 factories throughout the country. America soon had its own thriving cigar businesses, but the Cuban cigar was still regarded as supreme. In 1830 H.Upmann introduced the cedar box and this caught on. Today, you will find each brand and size of cigar in its own distinctive box.
What is an aficionado? By definition, an aficionado is someone who is an enthusiast, a connoisseur. The word connotes a level of worldliness and sophistication, so it is little wonder that people find these pursuits attractive and congregate with others similarly disposed.
Becoming a cigar aficionado requires one to acquire a broad range of cigar smoking experience, from which a more developed and discriminating palate derives. Typically, beginning cigar smokers gravitate toward a milder cigar as their taste is in the infantile stages, and the rich flavors are not immediately evident. A premium cigar should be enjoyed from start to finish and at no point should it become over bearing in its strength.
As the smoker becomes more experienced and comfortable with the milder brands, and if he or she seeks a livelier cigar experience, there are a host of premium cigars available in the medium-bodied genre from which to choose. Eventually, more developed palates often crave a cigar with a full body, one that might have been over-powering when their cigar experience was just beginning.
Being a cigar aficionado expands beyond the bounds of the cigar itself.Cigar aficionados pride themselves on knowing the perfect libation with which to enjoy their cigars. Whether it is a rich gourmet coffee to enjoy with a premium cigar while reading a favorite work of literature, or a well selected oak-aged glass of merlot, or a snifter of cognac, there is a cigar whose flavors will pay the perfect compliment.
Top Rated Cuban Cigar Brands
COHIBA ESPLÉNDIDOS CIGARS Cohiba Esplendidos is an excellent Julieta vitola from the Cohiba range? This Cuban cigar was developed with all the knowledge of the Cohiba brand. Probably one of the best cigars in this format, together with H Upmann Sir Winston. Deep, rich, chocolaty generous aroma and with a strength that becomes bigger than it appears at first sight and great depth of flavors.
H UPMANN MAGNUM 50 CIGARS After the great success of the H Upmann Magnum 50 Edicion Limitada 2005, H. Upmann has released this Cuban cigar, that will become the benchmark size of the brand. The construction and burn of this Magnum 50 are excellent and they have great aging potential. H Upmann cigars have an acquired taste. These Cubans are not fruity nor spicy like many other Habanos, but have unmistakable tobacco flavors. There's a toasty nuttiness and sweetness to them that differ them from other Cuban cigars.
SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LA HABANA MURALLAS The Murallas from San Cristobal are a massive Rodolfo vitola with a lenght of 7 inches and a 54 ring gauge. These Murallas first appeared in the San Cristobal Humidor. This Cuban cigar is medium in strenght and has great aging potential. The cigar blend and wrapper are both from the premium Vuelta Abajo region in Cuba. This new Rodolfo vitola is named after a major street in old Havana that used to provide a straight linkage with Puerta de la Tierra, one of the nine doors in the surrounding wall (muralla) that protects the city.
H UPMANN NO.2 CIGARS H Upmann #2 is a famous torpedo from the Upmann brand. This Cuban cigar has been compared many times to Montecristo No.2 but appears to be stronger than the Montecristo, but only after aging for a few years. As said with H. Upmann No.1, this Cuban cigar needs years of ageing to develop its whole potential, getting stronger as time passes by.
TRINIDAD ROBUSTOS EXTRA CIGARS Trinidad Robusto Extra is the biggest cigar of the 3 new Trinidad format. This is considered an excellent Cuban cigar, much like the Trinidad Fundadores, they impress with their elegance and finesse rather than pure power. The Robusto Extra is a Cuban cigar for someone looking for flavor and complexity.
BOLIVAR CUBAN CIGARS
Bolívar cigars are thought to be amongst the strongest, most full-bodied cigars produced in Cuba. The Bolívar cigar is not for the beginner; it’s distinctively strong flavor and robust nature draw mostly seasoned Havana aficionados. Oddly, at one time the Rocha Bolívar was famous for offering the world’s smallest Cuban cigar.One of these changes was the decision to gradually turn the various brands of Cuban cigars to either all-handmade or all-machine-made lines. Bolívar, which has historically produced a variety of handmade and machine-made or machine-finished cigars, had several of its vitolas cut from production, with only one remaining, the cigarillo-sized Chicos. It remains to be seen if this size will eventually cease to be produced as well.
COHIBA CUBAN CIGARS
Cohiba is the flagship brand of Habanos. It was created in 1966 for President Fidel Castro and was made at the then top secret but now world famous El Laguito factory. At first, it was only seen outside Cuba as gifts for heads of state and visiting diplomats. Since 1982 Cohiba has been available in limited quantities to the open market. The name Cohiba is an ancient Taino Indian word for the bunches of tobacco leaves that Columbus first saw being smoked by the original inhabitants of Cuba, the earliest known form of the cigar. The cigar measures 6 1/2 inches long by 52 ring gauge and has a pigtail cap reminiscent of the Cohiba Behike BHK trio of cigars. The Cohiba 1966 is a size known in Cuban cigar factories.
CUABA CUBAN CIGARS
Cuaba brand was the first new Cuban cigar brand to be introduced into commercial production since 1968. Historically, “Cuaba” is the Taino Indian word for the special Cuban bush used to light the “Cohíba” or “Tobacco” on the Island. This shape was popular until the beginning of the 20th century. Habanos S.A. decided to revive the British tradition of smoking figurados; hence the fitting unveiling of the brand in London, England. Habanos, S.A. has since reintroduced other historic brands and shapes. maker, Gonzalez, claims he styled the Cuaba blend after Montecristo, but most cigar connoisseurs believe the blend used is more similar in taste to Romeo y Julieta.
DIPLOMATICOS CUBAN CIGARS
One of the few Havana brands which is exclusively devoted to handmade cigars, the sizes and names essentially mirror the Montecristo nomenclature and the Diplimaticos line is produced at the Jose Marti factory, as is most of the Montecristo range. They are generally considered to be medium to full bodied. Diplomaticos No.4, moist earth, leather and pepper mingle with warm wind off the Caribbean sea resulting in a unforgettable sense memory. Like all the Diplomaticos family this Cuban cigar is strong and too powerful for any beginners. The No.4 should be seen as a sturdy embodiment of what is most traditional and authentic in Cuban cigar culture.
El Rey del Mundo
One of the most expensive Havanas available in the middle of the 20th century. The El Rey del Mundo factory still produces this brand and numerous others cigars under the name Lazaro Pena today in a wide variety of models that are considered to be light in strength. Believed to have been created, along with Sancho Panza, by German businessman Emilio Ohmstedt in 1848, El Rey del Mundo King of the World in Spanish was at one time the most expensive and prestigious cigar brand in the world. cigar is characteristic for its honey sweet, floral and tangy taste, in combination with a lot of bean flavours. Not to be confused with a Robusto because of its dimensions. The minimum ageing recommended for this cigar goes from three to five years.
FONSECA CUBAN CIGARS
Fonseca cigars quickly became a success and Don Francisco was responsible for innovative practices such as wrapping his cigars in fine Japanese tissue paper and packaging cigars in tin tubes. Fonseca cigars are one of the more unique brands of Cuban cigars that are recognized by the white tissue paper wrapped around each individual cigar. It's been said that this paper wrapping has a helpful effect in the regulation of humidity to a degree and also to protect the cigar as well. Dominican Fonseca cigars were established in the 1960s when the owners of the Cuban Fonseca cigar brand fled to the Dominican to re-establish their brand after the nationalization of the cigar industry in Cuba. Fonseca marque lists their size and ring gauge in Imperial (and Metric), their vitolas de galera (factory vitolas).
H.UPMANN CUBAN CIGARS
H. Upmann Cuban cigar brand dates back to 1844, when Herman Upmann, a German banker, began using specially imprinted boxes of Cuban cigars as promotional items for his banking firm.H. Upmann’s Cuban cigar is now produced in a modern new facility in Havana and is available in a stunning range of handmade and machine-made sizes. Today’s H. Upmann cigar brand is a premium blend of long filler and natural binder, hand-wrapped in the finest quality Indonesian shade grown tobacco offering a mellow, mild to medium strength smoke. cuban cigars embodies the tradition and experience of one of the oldest cuban cigars manufacturers. Old Havana comes to life under this cuban cigars’s classic tobacco flavors. Spiced wood overtones create a pleasant aroma and easy to enjoy taste. This corona gorda from H. Upmann is flawless in every way.
HOYO DE MONTERREY CUBAN CIGARS
Hoyo de Monterrey owes its origin to the town of San Luis y Martinez, which lies at the heart of the Vuelta Abajo tobacco region.The flavour of Hoyo de Monterrey's blend makes it an attractive choice for those who seek a delicate yet aromatic Habano that is lighter to the taste but with great elegance and complexity. The best-known sizes are the Double Corona and the Epicure Nos. 1 and 2 but there is also a range of standard and slender gauge vitolas known as the Le Hoyo Series. three of the Standard Production cigars were released pre-1960.Special Releases commenced in 1999 with the inclusion of Hoyo de Monterrey cigars in the Siglo XXI Humidor. There have been numerous subsequent Special Releases.
JUAN LOPEZ CUBAN CIGARS
Juan Lopez cigar brand is an old Cuban cigar brand that was established in 1876 by Juan Lopez Diaz and was first called La Flor de Juan Lopez. Before the Cuban Revolution the brand was once a very popular premium Cuban brand that was widely produced. Fresh, fun and delicately flavored with sweet gingerbready tones that no one can resist. This cigar is easy for the beginner and interesting enough for th seasoned smoker. The line of Juan Lopez Cuban cigars currently consists of three cigar sizes in regular production and consist of a rich blend of tobacco leaves from the famed Vuelta Abajo region in Cuba. Juan Lopez cigar brand is the name of two cigar brands, one produced in Cuba for the Cuban state-owned tobacco company Habanos SA and the other produced in Nicaragua by Altadis USA.
MONTECRISTO CUBAN CIGARS
Montecristo brand, the firm purchased the faltering H. Upmann Factory from J. Frankau SA in 1937 and transferred the production of Montecristo from the Particulares Factory to H. Upmann, which continued to be the home of the Montecristo brand after the Revolution. aroma of this firm cigar, perfectly balanced with its characteristic medium to full flavor will arise even greater enthusiasm among the faithful smokers of Montecristo brand. With its traditional and successful blend the cigar is now designed in a heavy ring gauge (52 ring gauge) and a suitable length for today’s rushes (135 mm in the length).Montecristo also produces three machine-made cigarillos: the Mini, the Club, and the Purito. Montecristo No. 2 definitely has reputation beyond repute. I must say that it deserves this reputation, because this is a truly wonderful cigar.
PARTAGAS CUBAN CIGARS
Partagas cigars also won gold medals in at least three international expositions between 1867 and 1884. There is no doubt about the strong, intense flavour of this line and it is still produced in the Partagas factory, renamed Fernando Perez after nationalization. The range is immense and it would be hard for a smoker not to find a Partagas which fits his or her interest in size or shape. One of the famous Havana Cuban Cigars mainly due to its presentation format. The Partagas 898 is a powerful Churchill, with flavors of roasted cacao and mocha. The Partagas 898 is a noble cigar, for the experienced palate. Partagas Connaisseur series, stands apart by its freshness of tobacco. Whereas the No.1 and No.2 are harsh cigars, the No.3 makes it mark through its subtle woody flavors, making it a favorite with new smokers and the ladies.
POR LARRAÑAGA CUBAN CIGARS
Por Larrañaga brand, created in 1834 by Ignacio Larrañaga and Julián Rivera, is likely the oldest continuously produced Havana cigar still in production. cigar, wrapped in a paper-thin cedar leaf, is a masterpiece, and truly distinctive due to its delicate presentation. Por Larrañaga cigars are generally associated with a caramel sweetness and subtle aromatic flavors. The selection in the line is fairly limited, the line of Por Larrañaga cigars currently consist of three handmade sizes: Panetela, Petit Corona, and the Montecarlos. Por Larrañaga marque lists their size and ring gauge in Imperial, their vitolas de galera and their common name in American cigar language.
PUNCH CUBAN CIGARS
Punch Cuban Cigars enjoying a cigar while his faithful pet stands by, questioning why he is wearing a rainbow-coloured collar. The cigars are quite popular, with the Punch Punch model the object of affection by many devoted followers. This full flavoured brand was made by Corujo y Cia. Punch also produces two machine-made cigarillos: the Cigarritos and Cigarritos Reserva.Punch Cuban Cigars has not been chosen before for any Edición Limitada productions. it extremely popular as a brand for the Edicion Regional series of cigars produced by Habanos for local markets. Cuban cuban cigars with good shot. Good combustion is also a feature from the Punch Punch cuban cigars. Scent with fresh, over-sweet tones.
QUAI D´ORSAY CUBAN CIGARS
Quai d'Orsay cuban cigar brand was created by Cubatabaco in 1973 for the French state tobacco monopoly, SEITA, and was blended with French tastes in mind, being a milder cuban cigar brand. There are a few competing stories as to what the marque's cuban cigar name refers to: one is that the cuban cigar name is referring simply to the famous Paris avenue, another is that the cuban cigar name refers to the French Foreign Ministry. Quai d'Orsay sizes are made with a light tasting blend of tobacco leaves from the Vuelta Abajo region in Cuba and its wrappers are mainly distinguished by their Claro (light brown) and Colorado Claro (mid brown) colors.The brand once consisted of five styles, but currently consists of two sizes in standard production, with the other three sizes being discontinued over the years Quai D'Orsay Gran Coronas , Quai D'Orsay Gran Imperiales, Quai D'Orsay Panetelas, Quai D'Orsay Coronas,Quai d'Orsay Cuban hand rolled cigars have dry, aromatic, woody flavors. Ideal Havana to age, with tobacco that will improve when kept in humidor.
RAFAEL GONZALEZ CUBAN CIGARS
Flor de Rafael González Márquez is a highly popular brand in the important Spanish market. It became famous in Spain after an advertising campaign which proclaimed “González Márquez was born in Havana”, during the rule of the Premier Felipe González Márquez. Rafael Gonzalez Coronas Extra cigar is a medium bodied Cuban cigar with a sweet taste with wood notes and light floral aromas. . Rafael Gonzalez cigars contain a light tasting blend of leaves from the Vuelta Abajo region. All sizes are made by the 'totalmente a mano, tripa larga', totally by hand, long filler technique bar one, which is 'totalmente a mano, tripa corta', totally hand made, short filler.
RAMON ALLONES CUBAN CIGARS
Ramón Allones was introduced in circa 1845.The range comprises full strength cigars, using tobacco from the premium Vuelta Abajo region.There is a non-Cuban brand with the same name. Ramon Allones Cuban Cigars is one of the biggest names names in the history of Habanos. The cigars share many characteristics with those of its cousin brand Partagas, although they have always been produced in smaller quantities, possibly to ensure higher quality production of cigars. perfectly balanced flavours of nuts, honey sweetness or herbal flavours. Ramon Allones Cigars are wrapped in a very exquisite and appealing style; attractive dark wrappers were able to give an earthy style to the cigar construction.
ROMEO Y JULIETA CUBAN CIGARS
Romeo Y Julieta brand once printed over 2,000 cigar bands! The 'Romeos' are one of the most well-known and popular of all of the Havana brands. Over 40 shapes and sizes are produced under this brand, some of which are considered the very best in their size. Romeo y Julieta cigars have won gold medals world-wide for both taste and quality. Romeo y Julieta cigars provide smokers with unique and exquisite aromas and a superb palate, lots of cedar, leather notes and spice, and notably sweet and elegant floral notes. A full flavoured Cuban cigar, which, for those with a quality humidor, is very well suited for aging. Romeo y Julieta Belicoso cigar is a superb mild-to-medium strength cigar with well rounded flavors including hints of nut, toast, and a smooth creaminess quality on the palate with a light, earthy, herbal character.
SAINT LUIS REY CUBAN CIGARS
Saint Luis Rey brand is a brand of Cuban cigars that was created in the 1940s by Michael de Keyser and Nathan Silverstone for the British market. Saint Luis Rey Serie cigar is considered to be medium in strength with very well balanced flavours such as liquorice, honey, cedar or chocolate. But these flavours depend on the age of you boxes or cigars, revealing some earthy, espresso or dark chocolate notes those which are more aged. Saint Luis Rey cigars are considered full-bodied cigars that are medium to strong in strength and use a blend of tobacco leaves.They are made with leaves from the Vuelta Abajo and Semi Vuelta regions. They represent an excellent value as they tend to be somewhat less expensive than other Cuban cigars of comparable quality.
SAN CRISTOBAL CUBAN CIGARS
San Cristobal de la Habana cigars were introduced in 1999 as a tribute to the city's long history on the threshold of the new Millennium.Cigar size is also named after different forts which defended the city in Spanish Colonial times. Superior quality cigars.A very smooth and buttery flavour.One of Cuba's newest lines. All are "totalmente a mano, tripa larga"—totally hand made, long filler and two sizes, El Morro and La Fuerza, are not found in any other Habano brand. Mercaderes, Oficios and Muralla are vitolas available in exclusive at La Casa del Habano. Thinner in ring gauge and shorter in length than the other new San Cristobal's, the Oficios's blend has had time to open out and blossom and the result is a very tasty and rich cigar.
SANCHO PANZA CUBAN CIGARS
Sancho Panza Cuban cigars were originated in Havana in 1852 and are still made there with a surprisingly mild taste for Cuban cigars. Sancho Panza Sanchos feature a wooden taste with a slight bitter aftertaste, light and pleasant hot earthy touches. Cuban cuban cigars with very good shot. Magnificent combustion is also present in the Sanchos. Very complete ash is characteristic in the Sancho Panza Sanchos. Intense cuban tobacco scent and very aromatic notes are captivating features in this prominent cuban cigars. brand also has a classic Cuban cigar look that features an outdated but attractive cigar band that probably hasn't changed much since its inception. Sancho Panza brand once consisted of 13 different sizes, however many of the sizes have been discontinued over the years and has now been reduced to only three: the Belicosos, the Molinos, and the Non Plus. The brand also boasted one of the largest sizes of Habano cigar available, a 9-1/4 inch (235mm) in length Grand Corona.
TRINIDAD CUBAN CIGARS
Trinidad brand is named after one of Cuba's most beautiful cities, the beautiful 16th Century city of La Santísima Trinidad. While the Cohiba is also made in the same El Laguito factory in Havana. Trinidad cigars are made at El Laguito factory, the home of Cohiba, to its own particular recipe of tobaccos selected from the Vuelta Abajo region. Trinidad cigars are 'totalmente a mano, tripa larga', totally hand made, long filler. Medium tobacco, herbal, floral and hints of bean flavors are what epitomize Trinidad cigars in taste. There is always a certain amount of mystery about any cigars blend, Trinidad cigars are steep in mystery. Only a single standard production cigar was initially released.Special Releases commenced in 1998 with the release of the Cajón of 75.
VEGAS ROBAINA CUBAN CIGARS
Don Alejandro Robaina is renowned by cigar afficianados everywhere as one of the best tobacco farmers in the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba. Habanos SA honored him by launching a new line of cigars bearing the name of his famous farmland. Vegas Robaina cigars, made in Havana at the former H. Upmann Factory, have quickly become popular among cigar aficionados. Made in finest wrapper in the Vuelta Abajo, (Pinar del Rio), region of Cuba for more than fifty years. The cigars are made from the best tobacco in Cuba, and feature wrapper grown on Sr. Robaina's farms. They are described as a medium-strong blend, characterized by an excellent aroma, wonderful presentation, and a fine burn. All of the Current Production cigars were released in 1997.Special Releases commenced in 1999 with the inclusion of Vegas Robaina cigars in the Siglo XXI Humidor.
LIMITED EDITIONS CUBAN CIGARS
limited Edition Cuban Cigars are rolled with 2 year old wrappers, and each cigar in the line is a new unique shape for each of the Brands. These cigars are the first true Cuban Maduros to be produced since the revolution (over 50 years ago), and are constructed absolutly perfectly. These cigars are a must for any serious collector or aficionado. Each year since 2001 Limited Edition cigars have been produced in selected marques and vitolas. Once these prestigious and rare cigars have been distributed and sold Worldwide they pass into the annals of cigar history. These cigars are equally well presented with a special band below the regular band showing that these are limited edition. Bolivar Petit Belicoso Limited Edition 2009 is one of three new Habanos Limited Edition cigar releases for 2009. Another classic Edicion Limitada cigar this has a two year aged wrapper, binder and filler making this superb Cuban cigar a full bodied Havana.