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It isn't easy to convey in words something as subjective as the flavour of a classic Havana marque. The following notes are for your guidance but do bear in mind they are someone else's interpretation. The best way to educate your palate is to sample different Havanas for yourself and so find the taste that best suites you.

Cohiba, Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, Bolivar, Punch, Hoyo de Monterrey, H. Upmann, Partagas, Quintero, La Flor de Cano, El Rey del Mundo, Rafael Gonzalez.

How majestically their names roll off the tongue: To the Havana lover, each has a particular style and personality, surrounded by its own history and tradition. A unique blend of rich and mild lead from two or three different harvests.

Which will give you most pleasure? The mature mellowness of a Chiba, after its third fermentation? The middling strength of a Punch or a Romeo y Julieta? The medium to full flavour of a Montecristo. The light delicatness of a Rafael Gonzalez. Or you may find yourself more en rapport with the earthy richness of a Bolivar?

 

El Rey Del Mundo

El Rey Del Mundo

Flavor: Light to Medium

In 1882 the Antonia Allones factory launched a new brand of premium quality and price. With great confidence but little modesty they named it "The King of the World". It succeeded and soon the company was renamed The El Ray del Mundo Cigar Co. A lighter tobacco blend remains its hallmark.

Quintero

Flavor: Light

In the mid 1920's, Agustin Quintero opened a small factory in Cienfuegos near the Remedios tobacco region. The reputation of his cigars enabled him to found in 1940 the Quintero y Hno company in La Habana, together with his eldest brother. Its delicate blend of Vuelta Abajo tobaccos makes it the ideal brand for those who wish to enter the world of Havanas.

Punch

Flavor: Medium

Don Manuel Lopez of J. Valle & Co. founded Punch in 1840 with the British market in mind where the humorous magazine of the same name was much in vogue. A contented Mr. Punch, cigar in hand, remains a feature on the labels of each box of these long-appreciated medium strangth cigars.

Hoyo De Monterrey

Flavor: Medium

Le Hoyo - Flavor: Medium to Full

In the Vuelta Abajo village of San Juan y Martinez there stands a plantation gate inscribed "Hoyo de Monterrey, José Gener, 1860", which reveals that Sr. Gener grew tabacco before founding his brand in 1865. The "Le Hoyo" series was introduced in the 1970's in response to demands for a richer tasting cabinet range.

H. Upmann

Flavor: Light

H. Upmann was a banker. He became so besotted with the cigars he received from Cuba that he moved to Havana in 1844 and set up both as banker and cigar maker. His bank soon closed but his cigars, each box of which still bears his signature, remain a fine example of an elegant light-flavoured Havana.

Partagas

Flavor: Full

In 1845 Don Jaime Partagas opened the doors of his fampis factory at Industria 520, in Havana for the first time. His cigars have been made there ever since, except that is between 1987 and 1990 when it was closed for restoration. His much respected brand retains its rich blend of tobacco.

Cohiba

La Linea Clasica - Flavor: Medium to Full

La Linea 1492 - Flavor: Medium

Cohiba was created in 1966 as Havana's premier marque for diplomatic use only. From 1982 it was offered to the public in three sizes: Lanceros, Coronas Especiales and Panetelas. Three more sizes - Esplendidos, Robustos and Exquisitos - were added in 1989 to complete La Linea Clasica. Then in 1992 the five sizes of La Linea 1492 were announced: Siglo I, II, III, IV and V.

Montecristo

Flavor: Medium to Full

Introduced in 1935 by the H. Upmann factory, Montecristo appeared first in just five sizes described by numbers not names. The other sizes like the "A" and Especiales were added in the early 1970's. Montecristo's distinct flavour delighted cigar smokers so much that it has reigned as the most popular Havana for over two decades.

Romeo y Julieta

Flavor: Medium

Founded by Alvarez y Garcia in 1875, Romeo y Julieta came into its own from 1903 when it was purchased by "Pepin", Fernandez Rodriguez. He travelled widely, raced his horse Julieta all over Europe and produced the widest selection of personalised cigar hands for the celebrities of his day.

Rolivar

Flavor: Full

Simon Bolivar, one of the great romantic figures of the 19th century, liberated much of South America from Spanish rule. In 1901, seventy-one years after his death, the Rocha company in Havana commemorated him on their cigars. It is perhaps not surprising that a brand named after such a powerful figure is blended to match his might.

Rafael Gonzalez

Flavor: Light

It is said the advice inscribed on each Rafael Gonzalez box that the cigars "should be smoked within one month of shipment or should be carefully matured for about one year" was written by his own hand by an English importer of the 1930's. Certainly the brand's delicate flavour is ideally suited to the English palate.

Flor De Cano

Flavor: Light to Medium

Two brothers, Tomas and Jose Cano, founded the firm of J. Cano in 1884. At the end of the century, they resisted the temptation to join the large corporations formed at the time preferring to remain small and independent. Their spirit lives on in the interesting, if limited, selection of handmade Cano's available today characterised by a refined blend of tobacco.