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MONTECRISTO MEDIAS CORONAS ARRIVE IN THE UK.

MONTECRISTO MEDIAS CORONAS ARRIVE IN THE UK.

London, England, June 24th, The new Montecristo Media Corona, launched at Hunters & Frankau's 225th anniversary party, is now on general release and available across the UK.

Media Corona literally translates as "Half Corona" and the size was first introduced in the UK back in 1907 by an English cigar importer who wanted to stop keeping his wife waiting for him at the theatre while he enjoyed the last of his Corona sized cigar.

However, from this one man's requirements the cigar quickly went on to become the most popular vitolas (sizes) in the market during the 1920s and 1930s. At one point it is estimated that the Half Corona, across various brands, accounted for one in every thirty Havana cigars sold in the UK. However, as tastes changed the format eventually faded from popularity until it was entirely discontinued.

That was until H. Upmann decided to revisit this long forgotten size and, giving it a slightly modern dusting down - it now bears a more modern, stout 44 ring gauge as opposed to the traditional 42 - relaunched it in 2011.

The Montecristo Medias Corona represents the second time that this format has been used and, at just 3 1/2 inches long, it remains the shortest long-filler handmade Cuban cigar you can buy.

The taste that has made Montecristo the world's most sought-after premium cigar is often described as "tangy". Certainly the flavour is distinctive.

Other words commonly used to describe the taste include 'coffee' and 'cocoa beans', 'pepper' as well as 'orange peel', 'cinnamon' and 'vanilla', all of which lead to the conclusion that a delicious bitter-sweet, spicy taste lies at the heart of Montecristo's success combined, of course, with the perfect balance of its tobacco blend.

Brand: Montecristo

Shop name: Media Corona

Factory name: Half Corona

Dimensions: 3 ½" (90mm) x 44 ring gauge

Presentation: boxes of 25 and small packages of 5.

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RAMON LLONES HUNTERS & FRANKAU ANIVERSARIO 225 CIGAR & COMMEMORATIVE HUMIDOR.

RAMON LLONES HUNTERS & FRANKAU ANIVERSARIO 225 CIGAR & COMMEMORATIVE HUMIDOR.

London, England, May 20th, To mark Hunters & Frankau’s 225th Anniversary, we are offering a very special Havana cigar and a commemorative humidor. Just 50,000 of the cigars have been produced in numbered SLB boxes of 25. Both the cigars and the humidor have been created to reflect Hunters & Frankau’s company’s long history in the Havana cigar trade.

The Brand

Hunters & Frankau chose Ramon Allones for their celebratory cigar because of its particular association with the Hunters side of the company. In 1911 John Hunter, Morris & Elkan Ltd, as it was then known, bought the brand’s factory in Havana along with its worldwide trademark rights. They were privileged to own the brand for sixteen years until 1927 when they sold it to the Cuban owners of Partagas whilst retaining the rights to Ramon Allones in the United Kingdom.

The Vitola (5 1/2"/141mm x 50 ring gauge)

All the Hunters & Frankau Aniversario 225 cigars were made at the Partagas factory in Havana, the home of Ramon Allones since 1927.

Hunters & Frankau are grateful to the factory and Habanos S.A. for undertaking to produce a unique vitola for them based on the Gordito size, but with a “Cabeza Tumbada”, or “Dropped Head”, typical of the shapes that were made during their stewardship of the brand.

The Blending, Making and Ageing of the Cigars.

Master blender Arnaldo Vichot created the rich mixture of leaves for the cigars. Two different blends were submitted to a tasting panel in Havana back in November 2012 at which Jemma Freeman was also present. Once the final blend was chosen, production of all 50,000 cigars took place between February and May 2013 and was undertaken by just three top grade torcedores.

In the traditional British manner, the cigars were then shipped to the UK and aged for a period of two years in a condition-controlled warehouse so that they would be fully matured before being released to the market.

The Commemorative Humidor & 225 Anniversary Rum by Havana Club

In days gone by it was customary to buy Havanas in cedar cabinets containing anything from 100 to 10,000 cigars, or more. They were much in vogue between the 1880s and the 1940s. This type of presentation gave rise to the expression “Cabinet Selection”, which came not only to describe the Habanos of exceptional quality that were selected to fill them but also the Slide Lid Boxes in which they were shipped.

To commemorate Hunters & Frankau's Anniversary, they have commissioned two hundred and twenty-five, numbered replicas of this style of presentation each containing four boxes (100 cigars) of the Ramon Allones Hunters & Frankau Aniversario 225.

The cabinet, every one of which is personally signed by Jemma Freeman, is equipped with two Xikar Crystal humidifiers and comes with one hundred commemorative cigar spills. The lid at the top lifts up to reveal a humidified compartment for dispensing single cigars topped with a ceramic plaque on which the Ramon Allones insignia is emblazoned.

Each humidor is delivered with a complimentary 50cl bottle of very special rum prepared by Havana Club’s master blender Asbel Morales to marry with the taste of the cigar. Also called the Hunters & Frankau Aniversario 225, Hunters & Frankau thank Havana Club for supporting the celebrations by producing 500 numbered bottles of this precious spirit from selected vintage casks. None will be for sale, but if they were, the value would be some £300 per bottle.

The final selection of the rum to match the cigar took place in November 2014 when Jemma Freeman travelled to Havana with some of the Aniversario 225 cigars that had already benefitted from some eighteen months of ageing in England. Commenting on the pairing Morales said, “I’m defending my rum’s notes and the cigar is defending its notes. They should not mirror each other, nor contrast too much. It’s like a perfectly balanced marriage.”

Also present was Odelaine Paneque, the head taster at Partagas. It is a rare event for the catadores (tasters) at Havana’s factories to light up a cigar that they last smoked a year and a half before. She was very impressed with the way in which the cigar had retained its strong flavour and had gained a perfect balance between its aroma and its strength whilst losing its early aggressiveness.

The manufacture of the humidors

The humidors were manufactured by DeART S.r.l. situated in Calvenzano near Milan in northern Italy. Massimo de Munari, whose family owns the company, has built an enviable reputation over the last five years for making exceptional humidors, which he has supplied to many clubs, restaurants and private homes in Britain.

DeART’s skills in making fine furniture of the highest quality left them with no doubt that Massimo and his team were the right people to make the humidors. The project started in the summer of 2013 and since then has been through many phases of prototypes and design changes to reach the finished product. Manufacture commenced in January 2015 and the humidors were delivered at the end of March.

Jemma Freeman paid a visit to Italy during the production run and was able to witness the extraordinary care and attention to detail that went into the humidors; a fitting compliment to the quality of the cigars that they will contain.

Brand: Ramón Allones

Commercial Name: Hunters & Frankau Anniversario 225

Factory Name: Gordito

Measures: Ring gauge 50 x 5½" (141 mm) in length

Qty:

1 x Humidor

4 x 25 Cigars

1 x Bottle of Rum

The Release Date and Prices

Monday 22nd June 2015 is the day when the Ramon Allones Hunters & Frankau Aniversario 225 cigars and Commemorative Humidors will be released for sale and we will commence shipping any Cabinets and Humidors which have been pre-paid to clients. Place your order now at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment.

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RAMON ALLONES 'HUNTERS & FRANKAU ANIVERSARIO 225 CIGAR' - CABINET of 25

RAMON ALLONES 'HUNTERS & FRANKAU ANIVERSARIO 225 CIGAR' - CABINET of 25

London, England, May 20th, Hunters & Frankau Ltd - the sole distributors of Cuban cigars in the United Kingdom - have commissioned a very special cigar to mark the occasion of their 225th Anniversary. The Ramon Allones Aniversario 225 is a "Gordito" size with a 'CabezaTumbada', or 'Dropped Head', typical of the shapes that were made during the early days of the brand. They chose Ramon Allones due to its particular association with the Hunters side of our company many years ago.

All the cigars were hand rolled at the Partagas factory in Havana, the home of Ramon Allones since 1927. The unique vitola produced is based on the Gordito size (5½" (141mm) x 50 ring gauge ) and aged for the past two years here in the U,K. Only 50,000 sticks have been made.exclusively for the U.K market.

Brand: Ramón Allones

Commercial Name: Hunters & Frankau Anniversario 225

Factory Name: Gordito

Measures: Ring gauge 50 x 5½" (141 mm) in length

The Release Date and Prices

Monday 22nd June 2015 is the day when the Ramon Allones Hunters & Frankau Aniversario 225 cigars and Commemorative Humidors will be released for sale and we will commence shipping any Cabinets and Humidors which have been pre-paid to clients. Place your order now at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment.

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THE RENAISSANCE OF DAVIDOFF WINSTON CHURCHILL RANGE

THE RENAISSANCE OF DAVIDOFF WINSTON CHURCHILL RANGE

London, England, April 15th, Sir Winston Churchill was an aristocrat, born into the family of the Dukes of Marlborough. He grew to develop a taste for the finer things in life. Amongst them, cigars. A line of exclusive cigars bearing the name of and befitting the world’s most iconic cigar aficionado. Sir Winston Churchill was relaunched by Davidoff Cigars, the manufacturer of premium cigars and accessories that have set standards for many years.

Davidoff Winston Churchill exclusive cigars are uniquely diverse as the man who inspired them. The Great Man’s persona, the trait of character, was the inspiration for the chosen formats. This exclusive cigar range from Davidoff is composed of a new characterful blend. It is crafted with tobaccos coming from four different countries: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Ecuador.

We feel sure that Sir Winston would have enjoyed sharing one of these exceptional cigars which surely do justice to one of the most celebrated cigar lovers in history: The Aristocrat, The Artist, The Commander, The Raconteur, The Statesman, The Traveler "these are cigars of character," said Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, CEO of Oettinger Davidoff.

Strength of the blend is medium to full body with a wide palette of exciting flavours and aromas. The cigars are adorned with a shiny and oily wrapper with a slight reddish touch. Due to the different Seco tobaccos, the cigars deliver an excellent, even burn and a firm white ash.

The wooden cigar boxes have been crafted in an elegant white design showcasing the iconic silhouette of Sir Winston Churchill.

The Davidoff Winston Churchill cigar range includes: Winston Churchill Petit Corona (41 RG x 4 ½; the shortest cigar in the range), Robusto (52 RG x 5 ¼ ), Churchill (47 RG x 6 7/8 ), and Toro (54 RG x 6).

-Petit Corona ' Artist' (41 RG x 4 ½ )

The Winston Churchill Petit Corona is the shortest cigar in the range. Due to the smaller RG and the size, this cigar feels stronger and delivers less pronounced flavour nuances in the body. Beautiful pepper flavours together with dark coffee and toasty notes are dominating.

-Robusto 'Statesman' (52 RG x 5 ¼ )

The strength is slightly decreased and the flavors are more overt. The complexity of the cigar is more amplified and the flavours more pronounced. Leather with dark coffee flavours take a front role with a creamy aftertaste.

-Toro 'Commander' (54 RG x 6)

Carrying the largest ring gauge in the Winston Churchill range, it is a grand cigar, from the first spicy, leathery, woody notes through the creamy, sweet influences of the Mexican binder to the final triumphant mix of flavours, courtesy of the Nicaraguan filler tobaccos from Esteli and Condegas.

-Churchill 'Aristocrat' (47 RG x 6 7/8 )

In this majestic format, the aromas are more pronounced, the flavours are multiple and the nuances of the different tobaccos are more independent. The body of the cigar is

very present, and the mouthfeel smoke delivers beautiful flavours of chilli pepper and cedar wood in the beginning, leather and roasted flavours in the second third, and finishes off with creamy and nutty notes.

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MONTECRISTO CHURCHILL AÑEJADOS THE SECOND RELEASE FROM HABANOS SA.

MONTECRISTO CHURCHILL AÑEJADOS THE SECOND RELEASE FROM HABANOS SA.

London, England, January 27th, The Montecristo Churchill is the second release from the exciting new concept from Habanoss.a: AÑEJADOSor Aged (Romeo & Julieta Piramides being the first).

Not only is the vitola new to the brand (VdG: JulietaNo.2) measuring 7" (178mm) x 47 ring gauge, the "Churchill" size cigars have 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 lidand like other HabanosSpecialities, supply is limited to the quantity initially laid down to age.

Montecristo Churchill Añejados

Brand: Montecristo

Shop name: Churchill Añejados

Factory name: Julieta No.2

Dimensions: 47 ring gauge x 7" (178 mm) long

Presentation: 25-unit regular labelled box

Flavour classification: Medium to Full

Status: Available

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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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