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Cuban Cigars Labels & History...

____The Names, Faces, and Legends Behind the Cigar World's Oldest and Most Famous Brands...

 
Bolivar
 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1927
Tobacco Country: Cuban
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo
Factory: Partagas   

  Introduced in 1901, the powerful flavour of the Bolivar range is almost as widely know as it's namesake, Simon Bolivar (1783-1830), the celebrated Venezuelan warrior who liberated all or part of what is today Venezuela, Columbia, Peru and Bolivia. The cigar brand was developed by the Jose Rocha Company and manufactured at the El Crepusculo factory, but was later acquired by Menendez, Garcia y Cia.

 
 
Belinda
 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1907
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Arriba
Factory: La Corona    

Although it has history as a much-appreciated Cuban brand started in 1882, the full-flavored Belinda was re-introduced by Cubatabaco as a machine-made cuban cigar in 1987, aimed primarily at the Eastern European market, with whom Cuba had strong trade relations at the time. This explains the small size of the range, which are totally machine-made, or machine-bunched with a hand-rolled wrapper.

 

 
 
Cabañas
 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1907
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Arriba
Factory: La Corona    

Although it has history as a much-appreciated Cuban brand started in 1882, the full-flavored Belinda was re-introduced by Cubatabaco as a machine-made cuban cigar in 1987, aimed primarily at the Eastern European market, with whom Cuba had strong trade relations at the time. This explains the small size of the range, which are totally machine-made, or machine-bunched with a hand-rolled wrapper.

 

 
 
Cohiba
 

 

 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1927
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo
Factory: Partagas    

A new brand which was introduced only in 1968, Cohiba quickly became the flagship brand of the Cuban cigar industry. 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, in salute to 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 is now also in the Fernando Pèrez German factory.

 
 
Cuaba
 

 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1996
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo (Pinar del Rio)
Factory: Romeo y Julieta    

First introduced in London in 1996, the Cuaba brand was the first new Cuban cigar brand to be introduced into commercial production since 1968. Historicaly, Cuaba is the Taino Indian word for the special cuban bush used to light the “Cohiba” or “Tobacco” on the Island .
All four of the Cuaba vitoles are in the figurado (perfecto) shape: the Exclusivos, the Generosos, the Tradicionales and the Divinos. This shape was popular until the beginning of the 20th century. Habanos S.A. decided to revive the British tradition of smoking figurados; hence the fitting unveiling of the brand in London , England . Habanos , S.A. has since reintroduced other historic brands and shapes.

 
 
Diplomáticos

 

 

 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1966
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Arriba
Factory: Josè Marti    

This brand was introduced in 1966 as essentially a second value line of the Montecristo brand, primarily aimed at the French market. One of the few Havana brands which is exclusively devoted to handmade cigars, the sizes and names essentially mirror the Montecristo nomenclature and the Diplimaticos line is produced at the Jose Marti factory, as is most of the Montecristo range. They are generally considered to be medium to full bodied.

 
 
El Rey del Mundo
 

 

 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1882
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo (Pinar del Rio)
Factory: Romeo y Julieta    

This brand whose name means "The King of the World" was developed in 1848 and under the direction of Antonio Allones, it was celebrated as one of the great Havana brands. Well known for it's dark and oily wrappers, it was one of the most expensive Havanas available in the middle of the 20th century. The El Rey del Mundo factory still produces this brand and numerous others cigars under the name Lazaro Pena today in a wide variety of models that are considered to be light in strength.

 
 
Flor de Cano
 

 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1884
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo
Factory: El Rey del Mundo    

Created in 1884 by Tomàs and Josè Cano, this brand is often hard to find due to the small production quantities, but it offers a medium-strength cigars and excellent workmanship in the handmade sizes.

 

 

Guantanamera
 

 

 

 

Year of foundation: 2002
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Arriba
Factory: ICT    

This recently announced product from Cuba has now been released. Guantanamera 's are very mild cigars originating from the Vuelta Arriba region, and are very competitively priced. This is the ultimate Cuban cigar for a beginner or for any cigar smoker who likes a very mild and light bodied cigar.

 
 
H. Upmann
 

 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1844
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo
Factory: H. Upmann    

As famous a brand as there is in the world of cigars, the H. Upmann brand dates back to 1844, when Herman Upmann, a German banker, began using specially imprinted boxes of cigars as promotional items for his banking firm. The combination proved successful, so the H. Upmann brand was born and continues to this day. The success of this brand was buoyed by the award of seven gold medals in seven international exhibitions between 1862 and 1893; these awards still adorn the lithographed interior of the box today. The brand was sold to the British firm of J. Frankau in 1922 and finally in 1935 to Menendez, Garcia & Cia. prior to nationalization, continues today in the H. Upmann factory, now known as Jose Marti. The famous request of President John F. Kennedy to his press secretary, Pierre Salinger, to obtain cigars on the evening prior to the declaration of the American trade embargo in 1961, was for Petit Upmanns. Available in a stunning range of handmade and machine-made sizes, the brand offers a mild to medium strength.

 
Hoyo de Monterrey
 

 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1865
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo
Factory: La Corona    

Established by Jose Gener in 1865, the name roughly means " valley of Monterrey ," a particularly fertile site in the Vuelta Abajo, which had been farmed by Gener since at least 1860. The brand offers a lighter flavour and a wide range of sizes, the largest of which are much celebrated. The Le Hoyo series cigars was introduced about 1970 and presents a stronger flavour.

 
 

José L. Piedra

 

 

 

  Year of foundation: 1880
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Arriba
Factory: Holguin  - José L. Piedra is a popular brand for domestic consumption in Cuba -Apart from the original six smaller Jose L. Piedra cigars which are machine-made, this Josè L. Piedra brand started producing a new full range of hand-made sizes (which have recently become unavailable). Made in the regional factory in Santa Clara , Cuba , this José L. Piedra brand continues to have very competitive pricing. José L. Piedra brand cigars are considered to have a mild-to-medium body with strong flavours.
 
 
Juan López Díaz
 

 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1876
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo
Factory: El Habanero    

Here is one of the few Havana brands which is offered only in handmade styles, started in 1876 by Juan López Díaz. The range of sizes is limited, but the workmanship is first-rate and the flavour is considered to be medium to strong, with light and almost aromatic overtones. A sampling of this cigar may develop into a long term love for it.

 

 

La Gloria Cubana
 

 

 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1885
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo
Factory: Partagas    

A very old brand that dates from 1885, "the Glory of Cuba" presents a wide variety of cigars sizes in a small, but beautifully made range. The strength is medium; note that this is one of the few brands which is only handmade. Developed by Jose Rocha and Rafael Garcia, the brand got off to a good start thanks to tireless promotion by Pepin Fernandez, owner of the Romeo y Julieta brand, who helped his friends introduce the La Gloria Cubana and El Crepusculo brands overseas.

 
Los Statos de Luxe
 

 

 

Year of foundation: unknown ?? (1970)
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Arriba
Factory: El Rey del Mundo    

Los Statos de Luxe was created by Martinez y Cia. and offers a full-flavoured cigars in a machine-made or machine-bunched/hand-finished range only.

 
 

Montecristo

 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1935
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo (Pinar del Rio)
Factory: H. Upmann   

  The most famous of the many famous Havana brands started only in 1935 as a new brand from Menendez, Garcia y Cia., then the owners of the H. Upmann brand. The name is reported to have been inspired by Alexandre Dumas' 1844 novel Le Comte de Montecristo . With a strong marketing effort from Alfred Dunhill of London , this brand became the most popular of all Havana exports. There are no machine-made shapes in this range and the strength is medium; in fact, it has become the standard by which all other Havanas are now judged.

 
 
Partagas
 

 

 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1845
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo
Factory: Partagas    

This brand is named for it's founder, Don Jaime Partagas , who began manufacturing cigars in 1827, but put his own name on his line of cigars in 1845. After his death, the brand passed to Ramon Cifuentes in 1889 and was owned by Cifuentes y Cia. prior to nationalization, earning a mention by name in English novelist Evelyn Waugh's 1945 work, Brideshead Revisited. Partagas cigars also won gold medals in at least three international expositions between 1867 and 1884. There is no doubt about the strong, intense flavour of this line and it is still produced in the Partagas factory, renamed Fernando Perez after nationalization. The range is immense and it would be hard for a smoker not to find a Partagas which fits his or her interest in size or shape. Buyer beware: the 8-9-8 selections vary greatly in size and strength; identification is made by whether the box is varnished or not.

 

 
 
Por Larrañaga
 

 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1834
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo
Factory: La Corona    

"These's peace in a Larrañaga, there's calm in Henry Clay" reads the first half of the fifth couplet in The Betrothed, an 1890 poem by the celebrated English writer Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936). From this high point , the brand has shrunk to just one handmade model and a few machine-assisted styles. It was created in 1834 by Ignacio Larrañaga, likely making it the oldest continuously-produced Havana brand still in existence.

 

 
 
Punch
 

 

 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1840
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo
Factory: La Corona    

Created in 1840 by Manuel Lòpez, this line takes its name from the popular character of Punch so widely seen in English puppetry in the 19th century. Today's lithographed boxes still show the comically-dressed Punch enjoying a cigar while his faithful pet stands by, questioning why he is wearing a rainbow-coloured collar. The cigars are quite popular, with the Punch Punch model the object of affection by many devoted followers. This full flavoured brand was made by Corujo y Cia. after 1859 and prior to nationalization, was owned by F. Palìcio y Cia.

 

 
 
Quai d´Orsay
 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1970
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo
Factory: Romeo y Julieta    

Named for the famous bridge in Paris, this brand is one of two (the other is Siboney) which are devoted to the interests of a specific national tobacco governing body, in this case, the national tobacco monopoly of France, the SEITA (La Societe Nationale d'Exploitation Industriel de Tabac et Allumettes). Created in 1970, this is a lighter-bodied cigar and the range is all handmade.

 

 
 
Quintero y Hno.
 

 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1920
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo
Factory: El Rey del Mundo    

Augustin Quintero and his brothers got their start in tobacco in their hometown of Cienfuegos in the Las Villas province of Cuba in the 1920's. In 1940, they created this full-flavoured brand which continues today, primarily in machine-bunched/hand-finished and all machine-made sizes.

 
 
Rafael Gonzàlez
 

 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1936
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo
Factory: Romeo y Julieta    

Here is a success story from the roaring 20's. Dating from approximately 1928, this brand was initially developed as La Flor de Marquez, with trademark registration in 1936 by the Sociedad El Rey del Mundo. Trademark records show that the current name dates from 1945. Considered medium in body, this brand is also reputed to have introduced the Lonsdale size, named in honour of Hugh Cecil Lowther, the Fifth Earl of Lonsdale.

 

 
 
Ramòn Allones
 

 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1845
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo
Factory: Pàrtagas    

There actually was a Ramòn Allones, who developed this brand way back in 1837. Originally from Spain , Allones (owner of the La Eminencia factory) was reportedly the first to employ bright, lithographed labels on his boxes, to help set his brand apart. Prior to nationalization, this lighter-bodied brand was owned by Cifuentes, Pego y Cia., also the owners of Pàrtagas.

 

 
 
San Cristobal
 

 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1999
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo
Factory: La Corona    

The latest and probably the last of the new series of Havana brands launced since 1996 has been given the original name of the city of Havana when it was founded by settlers back in 1519 - San Cristóbal (St. Christopher) de La Habana. The brand boasts four sizes, each of which is named after one of the fronts that defended the city in its heyday, as the hub of the Spanish empire in Latin America . Two of the sizes, La Fuerza and El Morro, are entirely new and are unique to the San Cristóbal brand.

 

 
 
Sancho Panza
 

 

 

  Year of foundation: 1852
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo
Factory: Romeo y Julieta    

Named for the rustic squire to Don Quixote in Miguel de Cervantes' famous 1605 novel of the same name, this very old brand was originated by Emilio Ahmsted in 1852. It is much admired for the larger sizes in its range, including the enormous Sanchos and the shaped-head Belicosos. Sancho Panza cigars are medium-bodied and are all handmade.

 
 
San Luis Rey
 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1940
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo
Factory: Romeo y Julieta    

Does the name of the brand refer to the San Luis region in the Vuelta Abajo, where some of the world's finest cigar tobacco is grown, hence the name as the "King of San Luis"? Or is it based on a reference to the popular 1927 novel by American author Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey? In either case, the brand was created in 1938 and leans toward the lighter side in strength.

 
 
Trinidad
 

 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1969
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo
Factory: El Laguito    

Since 1980, the Trinidad Fundadores has been produced exclusively for Fidel Castro. The only boxes that left Cuba were gifts to foreign diplomats. On February of 1998, the brand was officially launched as an export in Trinidad , Cuba . The cigars were first made available in Canada and Mexico in April 1998, and later became available to the world market. This line features one size, the Fundadore, which means Founder. It is similar in size to the Cohiba Lancero, measuring at a ring guage of 40 and a length of 7 and 3/4 inches or 195 mm.
Named after one of Cuba's most beautiful cities, the Trinidad is produced only in the El Laguito factory, and packaged in an 'unusual' quantity of 24 cigars as well as in cabinets of 50.

 

 

Troya
 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1932
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Arriba
Factory: El Rey del Mundo    

This is an old brand which today displays the origins of its name in the lithography on its boxes, picturing an idealized warrior from the Trojan Wars as described by Homer in the Iliad. Originally produced by Martìnez y Cia., the cigar is considered full-flavoured and is now offered only as a machine-bunched/hand-finished or all-machine-made brand.

 

 
 
Vegas Robaina
 

 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1997
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo
Factory: H. Upmann    

Vegas Robaina is the second of two new lines introduced by Habanos S.A. in the 90's. This line was officially launched in Spain , in the spring of 1997, and will be made available to the world market in the fall. The brand features five, hand rolled sizes, classified as: Don Alejandro (Double Corona) Famosos (Robusto), Classicos (Lonsdale), Unicos (Piramide), and Familiares ( Corona ). Vegas Robaina is named after D. Alejandro Robaina, who is famed for growing the finest wrapper in the Vuelta Abajo, (Pinar del Rio), region of Cuba for more than fifty years. The cigars are made from the best tobacco in Cuba , and feature wrapper grown on Sr. Robaina's farms. They are described as a medium-strong blend, characterized by an excellent aroma, wonderful presentation, and a fine burn.

 

 
 
Veguero
 

 

 

 

Year of foundation: 1997
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo
Factory: H. Upmann    

Vegas Robaina is the second of two new lines introduced by Habanos S.A. in the 90's. This line was officially launched in Spain , in the spring of 1997, and will be made available to the world market in the fall. The brand features five, hand rolled sizes, classified as: Don Alejandro (Double Corona) Famosos (Robusto), Classicos (Lonsdale), Unicos (Piramide), and Familiares ( Corona ). Vegas Robaina is named after D. Alejandro Robaina, who is famed for growing the finest wrapper in the Vuelta Abajo, (Pinar del Rio), region of Cuba for more than fifty years. The cigars are made from the best tobacco in Cuba , and feature wrapper grown on Sr. Robaina's farms. They are described as a medium-strong blend, characterized by an excellent aroma, wonderful presentation, and a fine burn.

 

 
 

This page for your convenience is link to www.cigarsclub.com your original cuban cigar store; located in Caceres, Spain.They process orders from all over the world, incluiding United States. Carriying all the name brands mention above, with the description of size, style and price. This cigars are originals and manufactured in Cuba, distributed by;

Altadis International Cigar, Corp. Ltd.

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