As one would expect from a brand that is named after such a powerful figure, this cigar is full bodied. Bolivar is simply one of the richest and most commanding brands within the Habanos portfolio. Although not for the novice, these traits are what make it one of the most sought-after names amongst more experienced cigar smokers.
The full gauge of the Belicoso Fino, combined with the tapered end of this Campana shape, which means “bell” in Spanish, creates the ideal format for a robust blend of leaves. The Belicoso Fino is presented either in labelled boxes or Cabinet Selection bundles of 25 cigars. The cigars in bundles are now banded.
In 2007 Cigar Aficionado described this cigar as “A gorgeous torpedo gleaming with oils. It has a near perfect draw that imparts a luxuriously textured smoke rich with profound wood and tobacco flavours”. Then, when revisiting the cigar in 2010 went on to say “The smoke has a velvety texture and is full of toast, earth and cedary flavours that cohere to a floral, herbaceous finish”. They also scored it an impressive 92 out of 100.
Commercial Name: Belicosos Finos Factory Name: Campana Dimensions: 5½” (140mm) x 52 ring gauge Flavour category: Full
Production method: Totally handmade using long filler with all leaves sourced from the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba Presentations: 25-cigar Cabinet (SLB)
Simon Bolivar was one of the great historic figures of the 19th Century who liberated much of South America from Spanish rule.
The Bolivar brand was created in 1902 and is based today in the Partagas factory which is in the heart of Havana.
It is perhaps not surprising that a Habano named after such a powerful figure is blended to match his might. Bolivar is among the strongest, most full bodied of all Habanos. It boasts an unrivalled richness of flavour in its blend of Vuelta Abajo zone filler and binder tobacco that makes it one of the most sought-after marques amongst experienced smokers.
Length: 5 1/8" Ring Gauge: 42 Flavour: Full Vitola: Mareva
As one would expect from a cigar brand named after such a powerful figure, this cigar is rich and full bodied. It is simply one of the richest and commanding brands within the Habanos portfolio. Although this is certainly not a cigar for the novice, these traits are what make it one of the most sought-after marques among more experienced cigar smokers.
The full gauge of the Royal Coronas (known as a Robusto within Cuban cigar factories) creates the ideal format for this muscular blend of leaves, creating a cigar of exceptional balance.
Cigar Aficionado recently reviewed this cigar, scoring it an impressive 94 out of 100 saying “Current Bolivar RCs (Royal Coronas) seem to take their inspiration from what we consider one of the golden ages for Cuban smokes, the late 1980s and early 1990s. That was when Cuban cigarmakers created and made some of their best cigars. “They also made it their Cigar Of The Year in 2006.
Min Ron NEE, in ‘An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Post Revolution Havana Cigars’ describes the royal Coronas as ‘Suave’ with ‘earthy and peppery flavours’. He goes on to add ‘Bolivar is one of my favourite brands. If I was condemned to smoke only one brand, I have no hesitation that Bolivar would be the choice’.
Commercial Name: Royal Coronas Factory Name: Robusto Dimensions: 4 7/8” (124mm) x 50 ring gauge Flavour category: Full Production method: Totally handmade using long filler with all leaves sourced from the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba Presentations: Labelled box of 25 untubed and labelled box of 10 tubed cigars
This cigar is the same format as Bolivar Petit Coronas except that this particular cigar is presented in a different way; it comes with a cedar wrap inside an aluminium tube. Furthermore, the quality of the filler is inferior to that of the Bolivar Petit Coronas.
Flavour: Full Length: 5 1/8" (129mm) Ring Gauge: 42 Vitola: Mareva
The Linea BHK swept all before it when the three sizes were launched in 2010, and yet it was the smallest, the BHK 52, that was awarded the prestigious Cigar Aficionado ‘Cigar of the Year’ in the same year. A stunning and unique taste from Havana.
Line: La Linea BHK Flavour: Full Vitola: Laguito No.4 Ring Gauge: 52 Length: 4 3/4 Inches / 119mm
The number of a BHK stands for its ring gauge, so this stout model boasts a diameter of 54/64ths of an inch, which leaves plenty of room for the fourth component in the filler – the Medio Tiempo – that brings a startling intensity to the flavour.
Line: La Linea BHK Flavour: Full Vitola: Laguito No.5 Ring Gauge: 54 Length: 5 5/8 Inches / 144mm
A cigar for the morning, with plenty of taste to sharpen the palate. The favourite size of former El Laguito (the home factory for Cohiba) Director Emilia Tamayo, the first women ever to manage a Havana Factory
Line: La Linea Classica Flavour: Medium to Full Vitola: Seoane Ring Gauge: 33 Length: 5 Inches / 125mm
The longest of the Cohiba's original three sizes created in 1966 and one the cigar of choice for Cuba's late president, Fidel Castro who also used to given them as personal gifts.
The unique extra fermentation that is conducted on the Seco and Legero of all Cohibas lasts for eighteen months and is conducted at the factory in cedar barrels. This extra age creates a unique taste. The famous Cohiba flavour is most often described as ‘Grassy’, although others have noticed tones of vanilla, cocoa and coffee. It is often remarked upon how this extra fermentation makes the taste ‘smoother’ and more refined while retaining a depth and character that is entirely distinct. A prime example of a modern Habanos
In 2011 this cigar was given a Cigar Aficionado rating of 94 and they noted that it had “a complex progression of flavours, starting with cinnamon and nutmeg intonations that lead to a robust and profound coffee flavour that lasts on the finish.”
Line: La Linea Classica Flavour: Medium to Full Vitola: Laguito No.1 Ring Gauge: 38 Length: 7 1/2 Inches / 192mm
The Medio Siglo, literally “Half Century” was released to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary and draws inspiration from the Linea 1492’s shortest (Siglo I at 4”, 104mm) and widest (Siglo VI at 52 ring gauge) offerings.
The unique ‘extra fermentation’ that is conducted on the Seco and Legero of all Cohibas lasts for up to eighteen months and is conducted at the factory in cedar barrels. This extra age creates a unique taste. The famous Cohiba flavour is most often described as ‘Grassy’, although others have noticed tones of vanilla, cocoa and coffee. It is often noted how this extra fermentation makes the taste ‘smoother’ and more refined.
This very modern looking cigar delivers bundles of characteristic Cohiba taste, in a format ideal for when time is short. The wide gauge helps produce an abundance of smoke that drenches the palate and rewards the smoker with an easy, rounded and yet sophisticated experience.
Line: La Linea 1492 Flavour: Medium Vitola: Medio Siglo Ring Gauge: 52 Length: 4 Inches / 102mm
The smallest of the three Cohiba originals. The true taste of Cuba's most prestigious brand for a few precious minutes. It is similar to other Cohibas from the classic range only with stronger bean flavours and hints of smoky leather.
Line: La Linea Classica Flavour: Medium to Full Vitola: Laguito No.3 Ring Gauge: 26 Length: 4 1/2 Inches / 115mm.
The unique ‘extra fermentation’ that is conducted on the Seco and Ligero of all Cohibas lasts for eighteen months and is conducted at the factory in cedar barrels. This extra age creates a unique taste. The famous Cohiba flavour is most often described as ‘Grassy’, although others have noticed tones of vanilla, cocoa and coffee. It is often noted how this extra fermentation makes the taste ‘smoother’ and more refined. Beautifully crafted with a rich chocolate wrapper, it is soft-textured and sumptuous to smoke, with dark chocolate and spice aromas and flavours”
Line: La Linea 1492 Flavour: Medium Vitola: Perla Ring Gauge: 40 Length: 4 Inches / 102mm
The Siglo line of Cohiba was launched in 1992, it has always been a serious smoke, but never one that blew off the shelves. The hearty cigars delivers lots of spicy, creamy character and a bright freshness from the specially processed filler tobacco. The Cubans say that some of the tobacco in the blend goes through a third fermentation, which provides the flavor and the finesse of Cohiba. The Siglo II is a consistently outstanding cigar.
Line: La Linea 1492 Flavour: Medium Vitola: Mareva Ring Gauge: 42 Length: 5 1/8 Inches / 129mm
Strictly speaking this is a ‘perfecto’ size not a double figurado because the cigar’s head is rounded not pointed. It has a particular intensity of taste that makes it the perfect accompaniment to a morning espresso
Flavour: Medium To Full Vitola: Petit Bouquet Ring Gauge: 43 Length: 4 Inches - 101 Mm
A particularly elegant, slender double figurado shape that was the size and shape of most of the Havanas smoked during the second half of the 19th century. Enjoy an encounter with the past when you light up this cigar.
Flavour: Medium To Full Vitola: Favorita Ring Gauge: 42 Length: 4 3/4 Inches - 120 Mm
The Elegidos is the second cigar in the brand's regular catalogue. The Elegidos is rolled "Totalmente a Mano con Tripa Corta" with leaves from the Vuelta Abajo and Semi Vuelta. This rolling technique involves the use of pieces of tobacco leaf to make up the filler, rather than the whole leaf as is the case for cigars "con Tripa Larga" (Long Filler).
Barely longer than a Robustos (50 x 124 mm), the Elegidos is in line with the new trend of "short smokes", which are increasingly appreciated by aficionados because they offer a complex aromatic profile for a relatively short tasting time.
H. Upmann was the first brand anywhere in the world to introduce the cedar lined aluminium tube for cigars. This was not the first size to be tubed, but it has been on the UK market since 1937, so it has passed muster with many smokers.
VITOLA: Eminente RING GAUGE: 42 LENGTH: 5 1/8 inches - 132 mm FLAVOUR: Light to Medium
H. Upmann is classified as Light to Medium by Habanos S.A, the Cuban company responsible for the global marketing and distribution of Cuban cigars.
The H. Upmann taste is often said to have a clear and clean tobacco taste, often mistakenly described as ‘simple’ by less experienced smokers.
The American publication, Cigar Aficionado scored this cigar 89 out of 100 in a February 2017 review, saying "This cigar exudes a pleasant, toasty aroma as it burns. Floral intonations segue into a strong peanut character with touches of cinnamon, woodiness and a mineral finish.”
Although relatively young this cigar is already smoking very well and exhibiting many classic H. Upmann flavours. However, it seems destined to develop even more once it has acquired two or three years age.
Factory Name: Magnum 54 Dimensions: 4¾” (120mm) x 54 ring gauge Flavour category: Light to Medium Vitola: Magnum 54 Production method: Totally handmade using long filler with all leaves sourced from the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba
This is the first time that the Genios vitola has been used outside Cohiba. The Connossieur A is reserved throughout the world for sale only in Casas del Habano and shops that qualify as Havana Cigar Specialists.
Virtually a robusto, but slightly thinner and longer, this cigar merits the title ‘connoisseur’ for its delicate light flavour, great balance and elegant aroma. Once presented without a band, now it sports Upmann’s distinctive red and gold colours.
Vitola: Hermoso no.4 Ring gauge: 48 Length: 5 inches - 127 mm Flavour: Light to Medium
This cabinet selection cigar tied in a silk-ribboned bundle first saw the light of day in the mid 1980s. It revitalised the traditional image of the brand with its elegant light to medium taste in a girth that rewards the palate. far.
An inexpensive cigar for its size, the Majestic projects an image well above its price bracket. The taste is somewhat more intense than many Upmanns, but if you know what you are buying, you will be rewarded.
A classic Piramide that has lived for many years, undeservedly, in the shadow of its better known half-brother the Montecristo No.2. Less punchy in taste, but distinctly aromatic with all the burning qualities that the shape bestows