HISTORY OF CUBAN CIGAR BRANDS

Bolívar

Bolivar Founded in 1927, almost a century after the death of our liberator, (Caracas 1783 - Santa Marta 1830), in honor of the great man, a Spanish businessman registered in Havana this famous brand that occupies a place of honor in the main markets of the world, being currently one of the brands with the highest demand. It is said that Simón Bolívar was never in Cuba, it is said that he sailed his Costas, and that he felt special admiration for José Marta, in Cuba there is currently a House of Bolívar, located in Old Havana, which shows the great admiration that exists in Cuba for El Libertador. Initially, the cigars of the Marca Bolívar were produced in a factory on Calle San Miguel, number 961, of Havana, in 1944 the brand was acquired by Cifuentes, owner of the Partagás brand, and became part of the group of brands that they are produced in said factory. Characteristics: a tobacco of character, especially for gentlemen, dark layers with reddish tones, medium to strong flavor, good flavor and pleasant aroma. Vitolas: diverse among which we have Belicosos Finos, Bonitas, Coronas, Extra Crowns, Giant Crowns, Junior Crowns, Demi Tasse, Immense, Petit Coronas, Royal Crowns.

Cohiba

Founded in 1966, its name quickly became famous after its registration of the brand in 1969, and when it appeared in international markets in 1982 it was already the most famous of all Habanos and therefore the most coveted, part of the Fame is due to the fact that this brand is given by Fidel Castro himself, and in particular the Lancero, a format which the President himself smoked at the time. This famous name as it is Cohiba dates from the time of the discovery in 1492, especially in Cuba when the inhabitants of the same knew and used the tobacco plant and named "COJIBA" a sort of pronunciation, the rustic roll of leaves of the solanacea Since then, the tobacco destined to the elaboration of the Cohiba is very special, it can not stop being it, its cultivation demands the extreme care and the most absolute dedication, it grows only in certain fine vegas, chosen in the area of ​​Vuelta Abajo, province of Pinar del Río and the tobacco finally elaborated in the Factories El Laguito and Partagás. The Cohiba is not produced in large quantities, as it is a very select cigar, very limited by the quality of the harvest. Characteristics: many smokers affirm that only by the aroma can a Cohiba be recognized, it has a silky layer and smooth color uniformity, its flavor from soft to strong, in general a unique flavor. They have to be very careful when choosing a Cohiba, since this is the most falsified tobacco in the world, and they mainly falsify it in Cuba, there are certain characteristics to identify an original Cohiba at a glance, defects in the boxes, the rings of different colors, one very important the price which when they are false is laughable, and the most important is the taste, since a true smoker of Cohibas can not deceive him. Vitolas: Special Crowns, Splendid, Exquisite, Lancers, Panetelas, Robust, Line 1492: Century I, Century II, Century III, Century IV, Century V, Habanos 2000 Special Edition (pyramids).

Partagás

Founded in 1845, when a Catalan entrepreneur Don Jaime Partagás ventures into the tobacco business, giving the surname to a new brand of Habanos. In 1995 the 150th anniversary of that brand was celebrated in Havana, with a majestic dinner, and special events, which set the pattern due to the resounding success and dividends reached in that celebration. Several events of the same nature were held, but with other brands as protagonists. Characteristics: all Partagás vitolas are recognized for their aroma and flavor from medium to strong, they are pure twisted with great care and covered with a selected layer, usually light in color. Vitolas: 8-9-8 (varnished), 8-9-8 (without varnish), Asturias, Charlotees, Boys, Churchills de luxe, Crowns, Snakes, Lonsdales, Lusitanias, No 1, Petit Coronas, Presidents, Series D No 4

H. Upmann

Founded in 1844, by the brothers Hermann and August Hupmann, of German origin, H. Upmann is today the headquarters of the prestigious Habanos Montecristo, Diplomatico and the initiator of the firm, and H. Upmann. H. Upmann, were the tobacco that John F. Kennedy smoked, and it is said that before making the embargo sent his secretary to buy 1000 Petit Upmanns, and thus ensure the supply of his humidifier. Characteristics: its flavor from medium to strong, its layer more mature than the other brands, of dark colors generally, accentuates the flavor and aroma, giving them a touch between sweet and spicy. Vitolas: Amethyst, Connoisseur No 1, Crowns, Major Crowns, Lonsdales, Monarchs, Petit Coronas, Royal Crowns, Sir Wiston, Upmann No 1, Upmann No 2.

Montecristo

Founded in 1935, made in the H. Upmann factory, almost a century after "El Conde de Montecristo" saw light, an Asturian visionary created and registered one of the best-selling brands in Cuba with the name of the novel. . They say that this novel was one of the favorite readings of the twisters of the factories. Characteristics: taste of mild to medium, its layer is usually dark brown, it is at the top of what can be made of Habano. Vitolas: Joyitas, Montecristo A, Montecristo Special No 2, No 1, No 2, No 3, No 4, No 5.

Punch

Founded in 1840, made in the La Corona factory, created by Don Manuel López, owner of J. Valle y Cía., With the British market in mind. At that time it was fashionable in the UK the humorous magazine of the same name whose character Mr. Punch, still appears today, cigar in hand, in their ratings. Characteristics: they support any layer color, from mild to medium flavor, excellent for a good occasion. Vitolas: Churchills, Crowns, Double Crowns, Margaritas, Monarchs, Nymphs, Petit Coronas, Petit Punch, Petit Punch de luxe, Royal Coronations, Royal Selection No 11, Royal Selection No 12, Super Selection No 1.

Romeo y Julieta

Founded in 1875, made in the Romeo and Juliet factory, the story of one of the most famous Habanos originates, it seems, in some impossible love, created by Don Inocencio Alvarez. Characteristics: the flavors range from soft to strong, with a good flammability and shot, nice coat colors, which tends to be clear carmelite. Vitolas: Hunters, Cedars de luxe No 1, Cedars de luxe No 2, Cedars de luxe No 3, Churchills, Crowns, Large Crowns, Exhibition No 3, Exhibition No 4, Royal Palms, Panetelas, Petit Coronas, Petit Julietas, Petit Princess , Prince of Wales, Romeos No 1 de luxe, No 2, No 3, Tres Petit Coronas.

Cuaba

Factory: Romeo and Juliet He made his first appearance on November 19, 1996, in London. It presents four figurative vitolas looking for a remembrance of the old. Its name, "Cuaba", dates from the 16th century, a historical testimony attributed to the Spanish Jesuit Fray Bernabé Cobo. The word comes from the Taíno Indians, aborigines of Cuba and describes a highly combustible bush, which is still growing in the country. It was used to light the cohibas during religious ceremonies.

La Flor de Cano

Factory: The King of the World. La Flor de Cano was born in 1884, registered by the brothers Tomás and José Cano, under the signature of cano, Loma y Cía., Based in Havana. The brand is characterized by its fine presentation and magnificent quality that has allowed to maintain the demanding market of Habanos. Currently, the Habanos from La Flor de Cano are made at the El Rey del Mundo factory, where other well-known Habanos signatures are also made. The Flower of Cano is of sting and it is elaborated so much to machine as by hand.

Fonseca

Factory: Lázaro Peña. The Fonseca is made in a small town in the province of Havana. Don Francisco Fonseca registered the factory in 1907, with his own surname. Fonseca eventually made a name among the habanos because the confection of them is of excellent quality and the Vuelta Abajo leaf is used (Pinar del Río), one of the regions of greatest fame for the quality of its leaves. Upon the death of Don Francisco Fonseca, Doña Teresa Boetticher, his widow, took the reins of the business and continued at the head of the thriving business and advised by specialists in the field of tobacco, decided to unite the Fonseca brand to the workshops of T. Castañeda and G. Montero, arising from that union the firm Castañeda, Montero, fonseca, SA Fonseca is the only Habano that is presented in the market wrapped in a thin and transparent silk paper, a distinctive feature of this brand.

Hoyo de Monterrey

Factory: The Crown. In 1844, José Gener arrived in Cuba to found the Hoyo de Monterrey farm in 1864, in San Juan y Martinez, a famous area of ​​Vuelta Abajo. However, it was not until 1884 when he launched the brand of Habanos Hoyo de Monterrey. In 1865, José Gener produced the "La Escepción" cigars of high quality and beautiful presence. José Gener dies in the year 1900, but his daughter Lutgarda Gener Seycher takes over all of his father's businesses, including Hoyo de Monterrey. The tobacco belonged to the Gener family until 1931, the year in which the brand was transferred to the Fernández y Palacio Company, which owned it until 1948, when on the death of Ramón Fernández, its partner, Mr. Fernando Palacio, acquired the company and created the firm "Fernando Palacio y Cía., SA" Los Hoyo de Monterrey continue to be twisted by hand with the select leaves of the famous vegas of San Juan y Martínez, in the Province of Pinar del Río.

Quintero y Hno.

Factory: The King of the World. Registered between 1924 and 1940 by Agustín Quintero, who was an experienced cigar maker, for which he personally selected the best crops in the area of ​​remedies, that is why Quintero's ratings always proudly proclaimed the origin of the brand, Cienfuegos. This tobacco is made of sting, except the Puritos that are of long gut and twisted both by hand and by machine

Ramón Allones

Factory: Partagas Ramón Allones registers the brand that bears his name in the year 1845. Allones was the first to introduce the crates of 25 cigars in their different dimensions. The brand passed into the hands of different owners, in 1927 it was acquired by the firm Cifuentes, Pego y Cía., At the time owners of the well-known Partagas brand. Currently the Ramón Allones brand is among the most appreciated for its quality and, as in the past, the main destination of its great vitolas is Great Britain.

Rey del Mundo

Factory: Romeo and Juliet. Its history goes back to the year 1848 when Antonio Allones settled down in Cuba, to dedicate himself to the business of tobacco, four decades later he introduced the distinguished tobacco El Rey del Mundo, made with leaves from Vuelta Abajo. In 1905 Allones made the transfer of his company to the company Díaz y Hermanos, who gave continuity to the exalted quality that distinguishes El Rey del Mundo. The company Díaz y Hermanos became the King of the World Cigar Co. and moved to a more modern building, where today the Romeo y Julieta factory is still manufacturing this prestigious and well-known cigar.

Saint Luis Rey

Factory: Romeo and Juliet. In 1940 this brand is registered in the name of Zamora y Guerra, in the Romeo y Julieta factory, one of the most important factories of hand-twisted cigars destined for export. These Habanos are characterized by their aroma and their mild flavor and strength, made by hand with leaves of the Vuelta Abajo plains. Saint Luis Rey is not a mark of high demand, however it is exported and has an established market, so it has to meet all the quality parameters that are required for all commercial brands

Sancho Panza

Factory: Romeo and Juliet. This brand is registered for the first time in 1848 in the name of Don Emilio Ohmsted. Approximately in 1880 the factory was acquired by Ramón Allones, who maintained its ratings and its traditional quality. Already by the year 1940 the brand is registered in the name of King of the World Cigar Co. The Sancho Panza is a Habano of strength, dark, of great quality and extraordinary presence. This brand has its own characteristics, since it is different in terms of the dark color of the layer used in its vitolas.

Trinidad

Factory: El Laguito. Its first commercialization was done in February 1998, when it was presented in Havana at the annual "Habano Man of the Year" award ceremony, it was already known by connoisseurs, since a variant of stock 38 has come using since 1969 as a gift of protocol of the Government of the Republic of Cuba. This is one of the best Cuban products made with an authentic selection of leaves from the best vintages of Vuelta Abajo, with a balanced aroma, flavor, draft and combustion that have turned it from its birth into the best exponent of the average habanos. powerful.

Vegas Robaina

Factory: H. Upmann Don Alejandro Robaina, one of the best tobacco growers in Cuba, whose family of vegueros was established in the tobacco-growing region of San Luis, founded the Vegas Robaina brand in 1997. Maruto Robaina, father of Don Alejandro, was also considered the best harvester in the country. Approximately 30 percent of the exportable layer produced by the province of Pinar del Río comes from Las Vegas Robaina. The Vegas Robaina is elaborated by expert torcedores in the factory of H. Upmann, to satisfy the lover of the natural and knowledgeable of the art of smoking, that is why the brand has been positioned as a luxury product. The careful selection of its leaves and the special quality of its layer make this brand one of the most outstanding contributions of the Cuban tobacco industry.