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Cohiba
Cohiba Introduced as recently as 1968. Developed initially as a medium bodied protocol cigar for presentation only by officials of the Cuban government, Cohiba was marketed widely beginning in 1982. The initial sizes were the Lancero, the Corona Especiale and the Panetela, with the Esplendido, Robusto and Exquisito added in 1989. In 1992, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of the Caribbean, the Siglo series was introduced. The Cohiba series was initially made in the El Laguito factory in Havana, but production now takes place in the Fernando Perez German factory.
Hoyo de Monterey
Hoyo de Monterey The Hoyo de Monterey farm, on a prime site in the Vuelta Abajo region, was purchased by Spanish emigre, Jose Genor, in the 1860's; and in 1865 the brand 'Hoyo de Monterey de Jose Gener' was registered. Fast forward to 1931 and the Hoyo brand was purchasd by Fernandez Palicio, owners at the time of the Punch brand. Soft, sweet and stylish are the attributes of the Hoyo range and construction quality is exceptional, particularly the wider gauge cigars, which always burn evenly and have an excellent draw. The gentler flavours are a function of a lower tannin content, and as tannin is the principle preservative, it is generally not a cigar to age beyond 15 years.
Montecristo
Montecristo Established in 1935 by Alonso Menendez, Montecristo is the most widely recognised brand of Cuban cigars in the world, accounting for around 20% of all Cuban cigar sales. The logo for Montecristo (six swords surrounding a Fleur de Lys) was designed by the British Distrubutor at the time, John Hunter Morris and Elkan Co Ltd. The launch was so succesful that, by 1937, Alonso was able to purchase the H.Upmann factory from J Frankau Co Ltd. Medium flavoured with pronounced bean flavours (cocoa, coffee, vanilla) and a pleasant tanginess. Simultaneously classical and popular, appealing to beginner and connoisseur alike.
Partagas
Partagas Flor de Tobacos de Partagas is the full name, conveniently shortened to Partagas. Flor translates to finest or best in English, and the label is well deserved, because Partagas always delivers quality, consistency and richness throughout the range. The Partagas factory, Real Fabrica de Tabaco Partagas, is the oldest cigar factory in Cuba, built in 1845, and is justifiably a national institution. Believed to be the first factory to employ the services of a lector, the person reading out loud to minimise the tedium and educate the workers. In pre revoutionary times, Partagas acquired the Bloivar and La Gloria brands in 1954.
Romeo y Julieta
Romeo y Julieta After, or perhaps alongside, Montecristo, the Romeo y Julieta name is the most recognised Havana Cigar in the UK. The name was established in 1875, acheiving early recognition and success. Famous for introducing the Churchill shape of cigar in honour of its most famous customer, Sir Winston Churchill, R&J has a unique flavour – smooth, very low in tannins and very approachable. Medium strength with nutty, cedar wood and bean flavours.