Simon Bolivar was a powerful General of the 19th century who freed much of South America from Spanish rule.
In 1901, seventy-one years after his death, the Rocha company in Havana began producing this brand. The brand, like the figure himself, is blended to be strong and robust.
Not recommended for new cigar smokers.
Cohiba, Fidel Castros preferred brand, was created in 1966 as Havanas premier brand for diplomatic purposes.
Since 1982, it was offered to the public in three sizes: Lanceros, Coronas Especiales and Panetelas. In 1989, three more sizes were added to complete the classic line namely: Esplendidos, Robustos and Exquisitos.
In 1992, the following five sizes were further made in order to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Cuba in 1492: Siglo I, II, III, IV and V.
Strength: Medium to Full
Cuabas are irregularly shaped cigars- pointed at both ends - which we call Figurados and which made Havana world famous at the end of the 19th century.
These cigars offer bold flavors.
This brand was created in the late 60s for the purposes of offering Havanas of Montecristo qualities, at lower prices.
Similar is taste and flavor to the Montecristo but unique due to its special blend of rich and flavorful tobaccos.
Strength: Mild- good for beginners
Fonseca was created in the 1890s by the handsome Don Francisco.
Caring about appearance and attention to detail he dressed all his cigars in delicate, silk tissue paper, a practice which continues to this day. The delicate wrapping also helps to maintain an optimal humidity level and serves as a protection against possible damage to the cigar.
Jose Gener was growing tobacco before creating his brand ' Hoyo de Monterrey' in 1865.
In 1970 the "Le Hoyo" series was launched in response to demands for a richer tasting line of cigars. Indeed. Le Hoyo is known for its distinctive, rich, complex flavor and taste.
Strength: Light to Medium
Herman Upmann was a German banker who loved Cuban cigars so much that he moved to Havana in 1844. He set up shop as a banker and cigar maker. In the early 1920s his bank closed but his cigar making lives on.
Gold medals from various exhibitions as well as his personal signature adorn each box.
An elegant cigar.
Strength: Medium to full
Jose L. Piedra was created in 1880 by Vicente and Jose Lamadrid. The leaves used are grown in aregion where tobacco has been grown since the 16th Century.
The packaging is simple but the taste is typically Cuban.
In the 1870s Juan Lopez Diaz, a Spanish businessman, founded the brand.
The full range is totally hand made , one of the few still to do so.
Its flavor is consistent, rich and woody. Although attractive to all it's mostly appreciated by the aficionado. Truly one of the best Cuban cigars made.
La Gloria Cubana - The Glory of Cuba - is one of the oldest brands dating back to the late 1800s.
The brand is characterized by its long sizes and elegant presentation especially in the "Medaille d'or" Series.
All the cigars are totally made by hand.
Strength: Medium to Full
Launched in 1935 by the H. Upmann factory as a tribute to the Count of Monte Cristo - the cigar smoking hero of Alexandre Dumas novel.
Montecristo first just had 5 sizes in its line: I-V. Others were eventually and gradually added from the 1970s.
Montecristo's balanced blend and distinguished aroma appeal to all level smokers making it the most popular brand in the world.
Launched in 1845 by Don Jaime when he opened his Partagas factory, which became the most famous cigar factory of all time.
The cigars are made with rich blends of tobaccos contributing to its mark of deep, strong, earthy flavor.
A true great.
Punch was created in 1840 by Don Manuel Lopez of J. Valle & Co predominantly for the British market. The name came from their humorous magazine, which was portrayed by the comic "Mr Punch".
Mr Punch, cigar in hand, surrounded by 19th century images of cigar crafting still adorns each box.
Its popularity led Winston Churchill to visit the factory and giving his name to one of the sizes of this brand.
It's one of the few brands created outside of Havana.The tobaccos; however, come from the region growing the finest tobaccos in the world- Vuelta Abajo.
Ideal for smokers who wish to experience the taste of Habanos at an affordable price.
The brand was founded by Ramon Allones, a Spanish immigrant, in 1837.
He was the first to decorate his boxes with labels and his brand's logo henceforth setting the trend as we know it today.
The taste of the blend is intense and complex. The blend created by its founder remains until today.
Founded by Alvarez y Garcia in 1875 and named after Shakespeare's tragic lovers- Romeo Y Julieta.
The brand rose to fame in 1903 under the direction of a talented promoter- Don 'Pepin'.
In 1946 when Winston Churchill- a lover of the brand- visited Havana his name was not only commemorated on a band but also served to describe the most famous size- the Churchill.
A classic medium bodied cigar composed of well balanced, aromatic blends of fine selected tobaccos.
Created just before WWII- this brand is known for its intense flavor and distinct flavor.
Excellent value for money.
Launched in 1848- the brand was named after the knight-errant of the Don Quixote novel, which adorn each box.
Mellow tasting cigars and noted for quality among discerning smokers.
Strength: Light to medium
San Cristobal was the original name given to Cuba's capital city today known as Havana. When the city was founded in 1519 the name was given in honor of Christopher Columbus hence San Cristobal (St Christopher).
The brand was launched in 1999 with just a handful of sizes- all of which offering light to medium flavors.
Once Havana's mystery brand, the Trinidad was used for gift purposes by the Cuban Government for many years. In 1998, the Trinidad was launched to the public in just one size, the Fundadores. Made at Cohiba's exclusive El Laguito factory, this unusual size cigar offers a nutty, rich, medium flavoured smoke.
Strength: Medium to full
The Robaina family has farmed tobacco on their Vuelta Abajo fields since 1845.
This brand, introduced in 1997, is a tribute to the legendary skills of the patriarch Alejandro Robaina- whom we've had the privilege to get to know very well over the years.