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August 2009

A drop in quality for the Cuban cigar?

By Richard on August, 27th 2009 - 9:55 am

The Cuban cigar has had its up's and down's over the years, no one can deny that. Everyone can remember the end of the 90's and a real drop in construction quality due to rushed and over production. Certain year's have had better or worse quality harvests caused by a numbers of factors, leading to certain year's productions being superior, almost wine like Millesimes. That said, the undeniable quality of Cuban tobacco consistently gives us cigars of character with complex and sophisticated blends matched by no other. We are experiencing an interesting period in Habanos's history, as the Cuban tobacco giant tries to adapt its production to the wishes and needs of the modern smoker. On the one hand we are getting fantastic new sizes, exciting new blends and regular supply of the full Habanos catalogue, on the other we are noticing slight problems with rolling. The economic situation has hit Cuba too, with factories closing for part of the Summer. Is this slight fumble in quality caused by these factors only, hard to tell. One thing is for sure, now is the time to rely on your official Habanos retailer. Only an official Habanos retailer will perform all the necessary checks on your cigars to assure you a quality smoke, as well as guarantee the origin of the product. The black mark in all this is the sad reality that the market is still being flooded by second rate copy cigars introduced by so-called cigar merchants, unfortunately many of them claiming to be based in Geneva's Free zone (stay well away form any site who claims this!!!). These 'pushers' who claim they are selling Cuban cigars could be the reason for the general impression of a drop in quality of Cuba cigars. Help save the Cuban cigar by saying no to these thieves. Our passion is being ruined by a bunch of lowly con men. Let's not let this happen! Give us your thoughts.

// chris // October, 24th 2009 // 12:51 pm

Dear Richard I have been in the market for cigars for about 9 years now... And yes the quality does sometimes vary according to, oh so many factors. I am aware that there are fakes around and I can spot some of these pretenders, however I wonder if it is possible to develop a system whereby one can tell if a cigar is not a true Cuban. For example, markings on the box, the band and what it looks like, whether or not the date is visible on the box in the correct place and so on... Just a thought

All the best, Chris.

ps I shall try the boar dish as I live in Sweden where this animal is hunted.

// yankeefan // August, 31st 2009 // 6:11 am

it is an absolute shame that this sort of thing goes on,but i guess it,s par for the course when dealing with the most sought after cigars in the world. keep up the good work guys

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Trinidad Robustos T

By Richard on August, 12th 2009 - 10:04 am

This new Trinidad Robustos T (ring gauge 50, length 124 mm) is destined for the experienced smoker and rekindles the past glory of complex, medium bodied cigars. Creamy from the on set, the lovely aromas of wood, leather and gentle spice make the initial phase of this cigar very pleasant. The power starts to kick in during the second phase, but the aromas match the mounting strength. The finale is powerful, what you expect from a cigar of this shape and size. The delicate golden wrappers, so familiar to the Trinidad family, give an aura of class to this beautiful cigar. Will no doubt quickly become a firm favorite for any smoker of Habanos. Now available in Cabinets of 12 or 24 cigars.

// chris // October, 09th 2011 // 12:41 pm

Hi Richard... I trust all is well with you and yours. I know this does not sound very professional as I work part time at the La Casa del Habano in Gothenburg... BUT. The Trinidad Robustos T. OMG! Deliceous.

New Habanos 2009 Edicion Limitada

By Richard on August, 03rd 2009 - 2:58 pm

The new 2009 Habanos Edicion Limitada have been released and look as though they will no doubt be very popular. Habanos continue on their short, fat cigars for the EL series, with the new -

Romeo y Julieta Duke (ring gauge 54 x 140 mm in the length). This new size will delight the senses of the true Habanos lover in a delicate combination of passion and excellence. Available in labelled boxes with 10 sticks in one layer. (

Bolívar Petit Belicosos (ring gauge 52 x 125 mm in the length). This brand is presented within the Limited Edition for the first time. One of the most full bodied Habanos that boasts an unrivalled richness of flavour that makes it one of the most sought-after brands amongst experienced smokers. Cigars will be packaged in labelled boxes comprising 25 units. (

H.Upmann Magnum 48 (ring gauge 48 x 110 mm in the length). Always regarded as a light to medium-flavoured smoke, this cigar stands out for its smooth flavour and delicate aroma. Cigars will be presented in SLB boxes containing 25 units. (

// Jacob Lopez // September, 23rd 2009 // 8:13 am

hey thanks for the information. These two new 2009 Habanos Edicion Limitada releases looks good.Cuban cigars always mesmerized me. I can't wait to get a hold on these. Would definitely go to any habanos cigar shop and look for it. Thanks for the info anyways.

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