Le Hoyo de Rio Seco is the second recent introduction to the "le Hoyo Series", following the 2015 release of Le Hoyo de San Juan. These cigars only use Seco and Ligero leaves grown in San Juan y Martinez, a small town in Vuelta Abajo, a world-famous tobacco growing zone in Cuba
VITOLA: Aromosos RING GAUGE: 56 LENGTH: 5 1/2 inches - 140 mm FLAVOUR: Light
If ever one brand has come to dominate a particular vitola, this is it. The classic Pirámide or ‘torpedo’ size. Easy burning with a controlled release of faithful Montecristo flavours; many devotees look no further than this.
VITOLA: Pirámide RING GAUGE: 52 LENGTH: 6 1/8 inches - 156 mm FLAVOUR: Medium to Full
New to the Habanos Portfolio this year is the Linea de Oro Range by Romeo y Julieta, which is being presented in 3 new vitolas; Dianas, Nobles & Hidalgos.
The Dianas will be presented in Boxes of 20.
Vitola: Diana Ring Gauge: 52 Cigar Lenght: 145 mm / 5.7" Body: Medium
About the Linea De Oro Range
Romeo y Julieta, one of the oldest and most recognisable cigar brands in the world, has introduced a new line, called Línea de Oro. Originally announced in 2020 to commemorate 145 years of the iconic brand, the new line is presented in three sizesDianas (53⁄8” (145mm) x 52), Hidalgos (5” (125mm) x 57) and Nobles (51⁄3” (135mm) x 56) All three sizes have been blended to a medium to full taste, a step up from the famous medium bodied blend used in the classic range. The cigars are presented in stylish red lacquered boxes that carry an embossed medallion set on the lid.
Each of the 20 cigars within are dressed with a bespoke band bearing the name of the individual vitola and a unique golden foot band that have edges trimmed with holographic elements, similar to those found on Cohiba Vitolas.
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)
The largest, if not the longest Trinidad in the range this wonderful, modern Havana cigar provides at least an hour of charming and rewarding company. An instant classic upon release, this cigar already has a dedicated following among aficionados.
VITOLA: Dinora RING GAUGE: 53 LENGTH: 5 3/4 inches - 145 mm FLAVOUR: Medium
For too long there was no robusto in Romeo’s range, so the arrival of the Short Churchill in 2006 proved most welcome. It was the first medium flavoured cigar from Cuba in this popular vitola. Hardly surprising, then that it has been a huge success.
VITOLA: Robusto RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 4 7/8 inches - 124 mm FLAVOUR: Medium
Perhaps this cigar would have been better named Epicure No.3 as its presentation and style of taste are identical to the Epicure 1 & 2. Introduced in 2004, it was a timely anticipation of what smokers would face with smoking bans.
VITOLA: Petit Robusto RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 4 inches - 102 mm FLAVOUR: Light
Por Larrañaga, means “By Larrañaga” and was first registered in Havana by Ignacio Larrañaga in 1834. It is the oldest handmade brand Havanas still being rolled in Cuba today. In 1890 the brand received further attention when Rudyard Kipling included the assertion that “There’s peace in a Larrañaga” in his famous poem “The Betrothed”.
In recent years UK devotees of the distinctive, sweet, light to medium bodied blend, have content themselves with the brand’s Petit Corona as the only size on the market. Happily there are now four cigars in the range, the Petit Corona, Montecarlos, Picadores and the new Galanes.
Galanes (‘Gallants’ in English) is 4 3⁄4”/120mm long and, with a 52 ring gauge, it is the brand’s widest cigar. It is also an exclusive size within the Habanos portfolio.
A smooth slightly creamy smoke with hints of cedar to start, developing strength towards the end but never more than medium smoke in terms of strength
Available in SBN boxes of 10 cigars the Por Larrañaga Galanes is a delightful, modern twist on a much loved classic.
Length: 4 3/4" Ring Gauge: 52 Strength: Light - 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
Although cigars of this shape are now often overlooked in favour of something wider, anyone picking up a Montecarlos will discover an elegant and chic, light to medium bodied smoke full of subtlety and nuance. For the discriminating smoker
VITOLA: Deliciosos RING GAUGE: 33 LENGTH: 6 1/4 inches - 159 mm FLAVOUR: Light to Medium
Simply the most popular individual handmade cigar in the world. Its rich, tangy, medium to full flavour acts as the benchmark for most smokers embarking on the journey to find their preferred Habano. Many return to it.
VITOLA: Mareva RING GAUGE: 42 LENGTH: 5 1/8 inches - 129 mm FLAVOUR: Medium to Full
Hoyo de Monterrey is by far the most popular brand within the light flavour category outlined by Habanos S. A. The Le Hoyo series is typified by a delicate, cedar taste with a hint of white pepper and cream, that remains light enough for inexperienced smokers, while offering enough elegance and layering of flavours to keep aficionados satisfied.
This new cigar displays all of these classic characteristics but, with a 54 ring gauge, does so within a very modern format. Most agree that, although it is displaying a great deal of subtlety, finesse and delicacy already, it also has wonderful ageing potential for the medium to long term.
Presented in Semi Boite Nature (SBN) boxes of 12 cigars, each dressed with a signature pigtail cap, this is unique size within the Habanos portfolio. Perfect with a glass of champagne or a classic mojito
VITOLA: Marinas RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 4 1/2 inches - 155 mm FLAVOUR: Medium
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
A super, small cigar offering the classic taste of Cuban leaf in an aromatic, fragrant, medium bodied style that offers immense versatility particular for matching with pre-dinner drinks. An important all rounder.
VITOLA: Reyes RING GAUGE: 40 LENGTH: 4 3/8 inches - 110 mm FLAVOUR: Medium
Dubbed Linea 1935, the new cigars are blended with tobacco from the Pinar del Río region in order to be the strongest Montecristo line on the market. In addition, unlike the regular Montecristo releases, each of the Linea 1935 vitolas has special secondary bands with the name of the specific viola included.
The Dumas offers a full bodied blend of signiture Montecristo tobaccos and helps make the Linea 1935 a new way to enjoy the most popular premium cigar brand in the world
VITOLA: Prominente Corto RING GAUGE: 49 LENGTH: 5 1/4 inches - 130 mm FLAVOUR: Full