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TRINIDAD LA VIGIA THE FIRST VITOLA INTO THE BRAND SINCE THE ROBUSTO T

TRINIDAD LA VIGIA THE FIRST VITOLA INTO THE BRAND SINCE THE ROBUSTO T

London, England, January 9th, The new Vigia vitola wants to take up the slack left by others coveted dearly by enthusiasts of the Trinidad brand, such as Robusto Extra and Robusto T -they were discontinued in 2012.

Both the names of the factory vitola (Torres) and the store vitola (Vigia) make us wonder about the city of Trinidad and the area next to the Valley of Mills in the southern coast of Cuba.

There, the overpowering Vigia towers built in the 17th and 19th centuries to watch over the sugarcane plantations, still dominate the croplands and make people dream of the beautiful cityscape and the surroundings.

The name of the Trinidad brand is a tribute to the village of the Holy Trinity, built in the 16th century and declared World Heritage by UNESCO, nestled on the southern coast of Cuba.

Trinidad Vigía, complete with their usual distinctive pigtails, are presented in the classic semi boîte nature (SBN) lacquered box of a dozen units. The thick ring gauge and short length guarantee the exclusive Trinidad taste, something the diehard buffs of this brand and size -it's been increasingly catching on in recent years- will appreciate.

Trinidad 'Vigia'

Brand: Trinidad

Commercial name: Vigia

Factory Name: Torres

Dimensions: 54 ring gauge x 110 mm long (4 1/3)

Presentation: 12-unit SBN varnished box

Flavour classification: Medium

Status: Available

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ROMEO Y JULIETA PIRAMIDES AÑEJADOS NEW CONCEPT FROM HABANOS SA.

ROMEO Y JULIETA PIRAMIDES AÑEJADOS NEW CONCEPT FROM HABANOS SA.

London, England, January 9th, The Romeo y Julieta Piramide is the first release from an exciting new concept from Habanos s.a: AÑEJADOS (Aged). Not only is the vitola new to the brand (Piramide: 6 1/8"(156mm) x 52), the cigars have also been box aged for between 5 to 8 years in the perfect humidity conditions of Cuba. This will afford the cigars a mellower, more refined taste as the blend of the leaves meld together over time realising their full potential.

The cigars are presented in dressed boxes of 25 and carry a second band to identify that they are AÑEJADOS. There is also a sticker on the box lid and like other Habanos Specialities, supply is limited to the quantity initially laid down to age.

Romeo y Julieta Pirámides Añejados

Brand: Romeo y Julieta

Shop name: Pirámides Añejados

Factory name: Pirámides

Dimensions: 52 ring gauge (20.64 mm) x 156 mm long

Presentation: 25-unit regular labelled box

Flavour classification: Medium

Status: Available

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PARTAGÁS SERIE D No.6: ALL THE TASTE IN A WRAP

PARTAGÁS SERIE D No.6: ALL THE TASTE IN A WRAP
London, England, January 9th. Partagás is once again reinventing itself. It enthralls and awes followers and smokers with a liking for intense tastes.

It's once again making additions to the torpedo niche, a format that's all the rage now. And it also focuses on those smokers who want to experience a full explosion of sensations in a short span of time.

That's what the new Partagás Serie D No. 6 is all about: intense, scented and concentrated.

Partagás, whose Serie D only includes 50-ring-gauge cigars, has added three vitolas to the line with the new Partagás Serie D No. 6 (ring gauge 50 x 90 mm long, factory vitola D No. 6).

It's about a short-size format that gives smokers the chance to unravel the aromas and enjoy the characteristic intense taste Partagás has to offer, and all that in just about 15 minutes -it's definitely suitable for the new circumstances affecting cigar lovers around the world.

Like all Partagás Series, the D. No. 6 comes with the traditional red and golden band, quite a reference within Partagás and among the rest of the habano brands.

In addition, the new Serie D brings a couple of innovative presentations: the traditional SBN (Semi Boite Nature) box the brand is known for, yet containing 20 cigars, with all those habanos laid out in double layers at a similar level; plus an eye-catching and user-friendly case of 5 units boasting the Series colors.

Just another innovation at the image level is the sticker with the Serie D colors, something that will be progressively added to the other vitolas within the Serie: the No. 4 and No. 5.

Also for the first time ever, the Serie D box shows an outer paper layer for better identification of the brand's wooden boxes, similar to the one introduced a few years ago to the Serie E.

Brand: Partagás

Shop name: Serie D No. 6

Factory Name: D No.6

Measurements; 3 ½ (90mm) x 50 ring gauge

Presentation: Flat SBN box of 20 cigars

Flavour classification: Full

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New EMS badge For Hunters & Frankau 's 225th Anniversary Year

New EMS badge For Hunters & Frankau 's 225th Anniversary Year

London, England, January 9th, Hunters & Frankau have issued the new English Market Selection (EMS) badge for 2015.

Although the colour of the badge changes every year, the 2015 edition has been specially designed to mark the 225th anniversary of Hunters & Frankau. There are several events planned throughout the year to commemorate the occasion,not least of which shall be an evening of celebration on June 19th at Belgrave Square (more details to follow). There is also a special cigar that has been specifically aged by Hunters & Frankau in the UK for the past two years and will be launched at the party. Should you wish to read more about the history of Hunters & Frankau, please click here.

The EMS description has been used by Cuba for over a century, with many people contending that it originally reflected the reputation of the English market for accepting only the very finest cigars that Cuba had to offer. Others maintain it was used to distinguish cigars destined for England from those bound for the USA. At the time the English preference was for dark cigars while the American Market Selection (AMS) reflected a propensity for specially treated light green cigars (Candelas).

Either way, the EMS stamp, in its current form, was launched by Hunters & Frankau in 1993 as a way of marking out boxes that have passed the UK quality inspection and of assuring customers of the cigars quality and authenticity. All boxes that carry this mark are guaranteed to have:

- Come directly from Habanos S.A. in Cuba to Hunters & Frankau.

- Been shipped and stored by experts.

- Passed a UK quality check.

- Paid all UK Duties.

- The correct UK health warnings.

Hunters & Frankau 's 225th Anniversary Year

Hunters & Frankau 's 225th Anniversary Year

London, England, January 9th, Hunters & Frankau celebrate their 225th Anniversary this year and they plan to mark the occasion throughout the year in various ways, one of which is a new commemorative EMS stamp (see news above) that we will affix to all packs/boxes of Habanos cleared from bond from 1st January 2015 (see picture attached).

Hunters & Frankau is also very excited about our commemorative cigar called the Ramon Allones Hunters & Frankau Anniversario 225 which will be launched in June, along with two hundred and twenty five beautiful humidors that have been handcrafted for the cigar and the occasion.

A very special rum has been blended to match the Hunters & Frankau Anniversario 225 by one of Cuba's most renowned rum producers and we look forward to presenting to you this and much more throughout this year.

17th Habanos Festival From February 23rd to 27th, 2015

17th Habanos Festival From February 23rd to 27th, 2015
From February 23rd to February 27th, 2015, Cuba will welcome a new edition of the Habanos Festival; the most prestigious international event dedicated to Premium Cigars and where meets annually all enthusiasts of the best tobacco of the world: the Habano.

During the event, several Habanos brands will be honoured and particularly two of the well-known ones: Romeo y Julieta and Montecristo.

The participants in this 17th Habanos Festival, including international personalities, will enjoy again the pleasure of tasting, in exclusive, some of the new vitolas to be launched by Habanos s.a in 2015 and will have the possibility to discover or rediscover the roots and the secrets of Cuba's century old tobacco growing tradition in the island.

The program of 2015 Habanos Festival keeps up its traditional activities during this unforgettable week:

Welcoming Night (Cocktail)

Visits to the best tobacco plantations in Vuelta Abajo, Pinar del Río

Evening to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of La Casa del Habano (Dinner)

Visits to emblematic Habanos Factories

Trade Fair

International Seminar

International Habanosommelier Contest

Gala Evening (Dinner)

The opening of the event will take place on February 23rd, 2015 with the inauguration of the Trade Fair at the Palacio de Convenciones.

This first day of the Festival will close with the Welcome Evening at the Wood and Tobacco Warehouse located in the area of the Port of La Habana, where the participants will have the privilege to attend both the launching of the Romeo y Julieta Gran Reserva Cosecha 2009 and the exclusive performance of Cuban artists of acknowledged national and international prestige. The nominations to the Habanos Award of the Year in the different categories will also be announced during the evening.

The International Seminar will present once more interesting conferences on diverse topics related to the world of Habanos, including alliances and matchings of Habanos with drinks and products of excellence of the gastronomy, as well as the wines of the prestigious Appellation of Origin from Chianti in Italy, master classes, cigar testings and for the second time the contest to get the longest ash - enthusiastically received in its first edition in 2014 - among other themes of interest for all Habanos unconditional aficionados.

On February 25th a very special Dinner will be organized to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the concept "La Casa del Habano" and its more than 146 exclusive and prestigious Habanos outlets throughout the world.

And finally, on February 27th, with the usual Gala dinner the Festival, will be closed paying tribute this year to one of the well-known Habanos brands: Montecristo and its special 80th Anniversary vitola, ending with the traditional Humidor Auction, whose proceeds are annually destined to the Cuban Public Health System.

COHIBA ROBUSTO SUPREMOS THE THIRD AND FINAL LIMITED EDITION FOR 2014 ARRIVED !

COHIBA ROBUSTO SUPREMOS THE THIRD AND FINAL LIMITED EDITION  FOR 2014 ARRIVED !

London, England, December 15th, We are pleased to announce the arrival of the much anticipated third and final Habanos Limited Edition for 2014: ‘ Cohiba Robustos Supremos’. Measuring an impressive 5.00" (127mm) x 58 ring gauge and presented in SLB boxes of 10. No cigar in either the current Habanos standard portfolio or long list of recent Specialities can claim such a girth as the Robusto Supremos and it is sure to quickly become an iconic and much sought after cigar.

Limited Edition cigars are made from specially selected tobacco leaves from the Vuelta Abajo zone that all have been aged for a minimum of two years.

Cigar Name: Robusto Supremos

Size: Robusto

Ring Gauge: 58

Length: 127mm; 5 inches

Year Released: 2014

Status: Available

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POR LARRANAGA 'SOBRESALIENTES' UK REGIONAL SPECIALITY FOR 2014 ARRIVED !

POR LARRANAGA 'SOBRESALIENTES' UK REGIONAL SPECIALITY FOR 2014 ARRIVED !

London, England, November 21th, Announced during the week of the 2014 Habanos Festival, the Por Larrañaga Sobresalientes will be the largest ring gauged Regional Edition made specific for the British market. An interesting vitola in the fact that it has an odd numbered fifty three ring gauge by 6 inches long. It's not the first Sobresalientes Regional Edition however, as in previous years we have had the Ramon Allónes Sidon and Bolívar 681 for both Lebanon and Bulgaria respectively.

Cigar Name: Sobresalientes

Size: Robusto Extra

Factory Vitola: Sobresalientes

Ring Gauge: 53

Length: 153mm; 6 inches

Year Released: 2014

Status: Available

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PARTAGAS 'SELECCION PRIVADA 2014 LIMITED EDITION AVAILABLE !

PARTAGAS 'SELECCION PRIVADA 2014 LIMITED EDITION AVAILABLE !

London, England, October 19th, This latest Limited Edition from Partagás shares it's dimensions with the H.Upmann Magnum 50. With a wide ring gauge and at just over six inches long, the Selección Privada provides ample time to enjoy the full flavours and rich aromas that Havana's best selling full flavoured cigar house has to offer. The cigars are presented in dressed boxes of 10.

Brand: Partagas

Shop name: Seleccion Privada

Factory name: Magnum 50

Dimensions: 6 ¼" (160mm) x 50 ring gauge

Presentation: Boxes of 10

Status: Currently Available.

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BOLIVAR 'SUPER CORONA' l2014 LIMITED EDITION RELEASED !

BOLIVAR 'SUPER CORONA' l2014 LIMITED EDITION RELEASED !

London, England, October 19th, The Super Corona represents just the second time that Bolivar has been selected for an Edicion Limitada, following the Petit Belicosos in 2009. It also shares its name, although not its dimensions, with a previous Super Corona produced by H.Upmann. Although two millimetres shorter than a standard Corona, it boasts a heavier ring gauge than the standard vitola. A Super Corona indeed.

Brand: Bolivar

Shop name: Super Coronas

Factory name: Hermoso No.3

Dimensions: 5½" (140mm) x 48 ring gauge

Presentation: Boxes of 25

Status: Currently Available.

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HOYO DE MONTERREY 'LE HOYO DE SAN JUAN' FINALLY RELEASED !

HOYO DE MONTERREY  'LE HOYO DE SAN JUAN'  FINALLY RELEASED !

London, England, September 12th, A new vitola for the 'Le Hoyo' series from Hoyo de Monterrey - Le Hoyo de San Juan is named alter the town of San Juan y Martinez in the Vuelta Abajo tobacco growing region - a district that is protected as a Denomination of Origin (DOP).

These heavy ring gauge Robusto Extra cigars that form part of the " Le Hoyo" range use only Seco and Ligero leaves giving the new cigars a rich finish whilst maintaining a refined, light aroma that is characteristic of the Hoyo de Monterrey brand.

Measuring an impressive 5 7/8" (150mm) x 54 ring gauge the vitola is known as a "Geniales". The cigars are presented in SLB 25s and are dressed with a totally new style of band. Cabinets of 10 cigars will be released sometime in the future.

The San Juan will follow the trend of recent years of large Robustos sporting bands with the name of the Cigar embossed underneath the logo e.g H.Upmann Connoisseur "A".

Cigar Name: Le Hoyo de San Juan

Size: Robusto Extra

Factory Vitola: Geniales

Ring Gauge: 54

Length (mm): 150mm

Year Released: 2014

Status: Currently Available.

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RAMON ALLONES 'ALLONES IMPERIALES'

RAMON ALLONES 'ALLONES IMPERIALES'

Habana, Cuba December 19th, 2013. Habanos announced the introduction of a replica of an ancient Ramón Allones Humidor with only 350 numbered humidors handmade. They are exclusively aimed at La Casa del Habano Franchise network.

Imperiales is the name chosen for the 50 Habanos that make up the Serie 2012 of the Replica of an Ancient Humidor production which is a Replica of an original piece dating from early 20th century. The vitola (Partagás 15) has a ring gauge of 48 (19 mm) and 6 1/2 inch length (165 mm).

These Allones Imperiales by Ramón Allones were made Totalmente a Mano (Totally Handmade) with especially selected leaves from the Vuelta Abajo* tobacco plantation, Cuba's most prestigious tobacco zone, and made by experienced Cuban cigar rollers. The blend of these Habanos maintains the unmistakable flavour of the Ramón Allones brand, highly appreciated by those who enjoy an aromatic Habano of full character. The selected format grants each one of these Habanos beauty and elegance to be enjoyed on special occasions.

Brand: Ramón Allones

Commercial Name: Imperiales

Factory Name: Partagás 15

Measures: Ring gauge 48 (19,05 mm) x 165 mm in length

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Alec Bradley Tubo Collection World Selection Sampler

Alec Bradley Tubo Collection World Selection Sampler

London England 24th, 2014. Alec Bradley Cigar Co. has been red hot these days, producing some outstanding cigars and becoming a favourite of many cigar aficionados. The Alec Bradley Tubo Collection World Selection Sampler is a nice introduction to the fine cigars produced by Alec Bradley Cigars. These samplers come in a nice designed box with 5 Tubed cigars in each of the lines below, each in a special released sized Toro (6 ½ x 52).

1 - Alec Bradley Black Market (Medium - Full)

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Jalapa

Binder: Sumatra

Filler: Panamanian, Honduran

1 - Alec Bradley Connecticut (Mild - Medium)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade

Binder: Honduran

Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan

1 - Alec Bradley Prensado (Medium - Full)

Wrapper: Trojes, Honduras

Binder Nicaragua

Filler Trojes, Honduras, Nicaragua

1 - Alec Bradley Tempus (Medium - Full)

Wrapper: Honduras

Binder: Honduras

Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua

1 - Alec Bradley Nica Puro (Full)

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano

Binder: NicaraguanFiller: Nicaraguan

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