96 - August
Cuban Cigar World
a whole world of cigars in Cuba - and those currently on special
can introduce you to some parts of this world you may not have
cigars are available until the end of September (while stocks
last) and I thought it might be appropriate and helpful to make
a few comments on them.
Firstly - the discounts are generous, and secondly, there is something
there for everyone. This is the ideal opportunity to test-smoke
a new brand or cigar size. Who knows - you may find something
that really suits you in this new world - I found a few gems that
I hadn't really appreciated before.
- the size of the moment
Rey del Mundo Choix Supreme (Ring 48 x 127mm) - I met this
one in Switzerland some years ago and really enjoy it. Good draw,
burns slow and even. Suitable for daytime as well as evening.
Saint Luis Rey Regios (Ring 48 x 127mm) - Excellent Robusto,
one of a small range of full-bodied cigars created in the 1940's
for the British market. A great favourite of an old schoolmate
of mine - a real cigar connoisseur.
Extra - an under-rated size - almost a short Churchill.
Bolivar Corona Extra (Ring 44 x 143mm) Full bodied and satisfying
- always highly rated in Cigar Aficionado tastings.
Rafael Gonzales Corona Extra (Ring 46 x 143mm) - Strong
following among connoisseurs! Manufactured from a secret blend
of Vuelta Abajo tobaccos selected by the Marquez Rafael Gonzalez
(Grandee of Spain) - brand now discontinued.
Corona - that great "in between" smoke.
Bolivar Petit Corona (Ring 42 x 129mm) Exceptionally well
received at one of our cigar dinners - plenty of spicy aromas.
Same size in aluminium tubes - Bolivar Tubos No.2
Diplomaticos No.4 (Ring 42 x 129mm) From the same hands
as Montecristo, made for the French market. Slightly lighter -
ideal for those who find many Cuban cigars too heavy.
Ramon Allones Petit Corona - (Ring 42 x 129mm) Back in
1839, Ramon Allones was the first person
to put coloured labels on the boxes. His cigars have a pronounced
Rafael Gonzales Petit Corona (Ring 42 x 129mm) - A slightly
lighter smoke. The brand has been discontinued - this may be your
last chance to try them.
Romeo y Julieta Petit Corona (Ring 42 x 129mm) - Another
success at a cigar dinner - a little lighter than the Bolivar.
Corona - the perfect 25-35 minute smoke.
Diplomaticos No.5 (Ring 40 x 102mm) The classic half corona
size. A well constructed, slightly lighter cigar. Smoke after
lunch, or even in the morning with coffee.
Sancho Panza Bachilleres (116mm x Ring 40) A slightly longer
handmade half corona with the unmistakeable Cuban taste. Very
favourable comments from those who tried our most recent Half
Corona Selection (now sold out).
San Cristobal El Principe (Ring 42 x 110mm) Thicker than
most half coronas. Launched with much fanfare in February 1998,
it was hailed as the best of the new Cuban brands. Made in the
La Corona factory the cigars are full bodied and very aromatic.
(Also well received in the Half Corona Selection.)
luxe" Packing, a "de luxe" cigar, but a very reasonable
price (even better on special).
Romeo y Julieta Cedros de luxe No.1 (Ring 42 x 165mm) - The
corona-sized cigar has a subtle
blend of flavours and each is individually wrapped in cedar -
ideal for lighting these premium cigars.
- a size once considered to be the epitome in cigar smoking,
and the size originally smoked by Fidel Castro - it can only be
made only by the finest rollers.
Cohiba Coronas Especiales (Ring 38 x 152mm) - Theo
Rudman says "smooth, mellow, easy-burning, .. elegant
style appreciated by beginner and aficionado".
Montecristo Especial (Ring 38 x 192mm) and Especial
No.2 (Ring 38 x 152mm) with their "curly heads"
are fine example of the genre - slightly milder than the Cohiba.
If you prefer a smaller volume of "smoke per draw"
such a thinner cigar should suit you, but smoke it slowly - a
long thin cigar should actually take more time to smoke than a
short thick one
of the finest - consider the Cohiba Siglo V (Ring
43 x 170mm) Corona Grande.
for the largest - the Cuaba Salomone Perfecto
(Ring 56 x 184mm). Those who attended our June 2004 cigar dinner
will testify to the excellence of this extraordinary cigar.
the smallest - Montecristo Mini (Mini
cigarillo) Machine made using all Cuban leaf. Smooth light
Cuban taste with an unusually easy draw for such a small cigar.
Also very suitable for ladies.
take 'en route' - Montecristo Tubos (Ring 42 x 155mm)
Unfailing Montecristo quality and flavour - the "corona"
cigar is perfectly round in its aluminium tube.
- Juan Lopes Panatela Superba (Ring 34 x 125mm) - this panatela
offers a light, fairly short smoke.
for the real budget - did you try Guantanamera when we featured
them earlier this year?
They are machine-made with short filler which comes from the Vuelta
Arriba region, better known for supplying tobacco for European
cigars. The wrapper is in general finer than that on some of the
older machine-made cigars - no lumps and bruises or thick veins
- and the taste is deliciously, spicy Cuban.
Compay - (Ring 40 x 123mm) Slim
Decimos - (Ring 38 x 134mm) Panatella
limited, and we don't present all of them on our shelves. Requests
will be handled on a "first-come-first-attended to"
Give this offer serious thought, but don't delay too long.
August 11 to August 25, 2004
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