273 - November 16, 2011
For some years Habanos (the marketing arm of Cuba Tobacco) have presented annually Limited Edition cigars , normally from three brands.
The EdicionesLimitadas- Limited Editions- of Habanos* (D.O.P) are highly appreciated and awaited by the aficionados worldwide every year. They are characterized by vitolas that do not appear in the usual range of the brand portfolio, and which are distinguished by a careful selection of their leaves - wrapper, filler and binder- which have been aged for a period of at least 2 years. The dark wrapper dressing these Habanos coming from the top leaves of the Tapado – shade grown black Cuban tobacco plant- is another characteristic that identifies them.
The EdicionesLimitadas are made with the finest tobacco leaves coming from Vuelta Abajo* (D.O.P), Cuba.
* (D.O.P)Denominaciones de Origen Protegidas.
Protected Denominations of Origin (www.habanos.com)
In 2011, the three EdiciónLimitadas are from Cohiba, Ramon Allones and Hoyo de Monterrey.
They arrived a bit late – but just in time for the festive season. The descriptions are from the Habanos website, with comments and ratings from Cigar Aficionado.
Cohiba 1966 (52 ring x 166 mm)
This cigar commemorates the 45th anniversary of Cohiba, the flagship brand of Habanos, with an unique format specially selected for this occasion. These 10 Habanos have been made totally by hand using a selection of tobacco leaves from the plantations of San Juan y Martínez and San Luisin the Vuelta Abajozone, Cuba, aged for a minimum of two years. Presented in a Boite Nature box of 10 cigars (R3769.50)
Cigar Aficionado: 94 points
Dark and gleaming with a pigtail cap, this large cigar starts with a core of earth, spice and coffee bean flavors that take on a profound cocoa and toffee character.
Allones Extra (44 ring x 143 mm)
This is the first time that Ramón Allones has an EdiciónLimitada. It is a brand characterized by its flavour that makes of this brand one of the preferredby smokers who seek intense flavours and exquisite aromas.Allones Extra existed until the end of the 70´s of the 20th century in the normalrange of the brand and is now produced in this 2011 Limited Edition.ThisEdiciónLimitada is characterized as well by the incorporation of a historic ring that existed in the past centuries in Ramón Allones, one of the oldest Habanosbrands,which was created in1837, and makes of this limited Edition an exclusive and limited collectible item. Box of 25 (R3688.50)
Cigar Aficionado: 91 points
Dark and attractive with a slightly firm draw, this corona is a balance of sweet and savory with woody, leathery flavors complemented by caramel and cocoa bean.
From Hoyo de Monterrey - Short HoyoPirámides (46 ring x 135mm)
This EdiciónLimitada is designed for the best connoisseurs and enthusiasts of the Hoyo de Monterrey brand. Short HoyoPirámides, a Habano of ideal dimensions that makes this EdiciónLimitada an invaluable gift, not only for those who prefer Habanos of lighter flavors, but also for those newcomerswho initiate in the extraordinary world of the Habanos. All the smooth and complex flavour of its blend and the delicate aroma of the brand can be enjoyed now in this new Figurado format. Presented in a slide lidbox of 10 cigars (R1598.95)
Cigar Aficionado: 91 points
A mini torpedo with an oily wrapper and uneven burn that corrects itself. The draw is even, imparting spice, earth and mineral flavors that lead to a tannic finish.
Body: Medium to Full
All the habanos of this EdiciónLimitada 2011 were made ¨Totalmente a Mano¨ TripaLarga - Long Filler Totally by Hand - by expert rollers, using tobacco leaves carefully cultivated and selected.
Ask your nearest Wesley’s about these cigars – available singly.
Now what will you use to light up?
Way back in 2001 I wrote the first article on “Lighting Up” and brought it up-to-date in 2008. You’ll see that I was never a big fan of the Turbo lighter, although it does have its place. I find that the narrow, intense flame too often causes a hole in the foot or chars it badly when you try to light the whole surface, resulting in a burnt taste – ugh!
The most successful addition to the Silver Match Turbo range that we carry has 3 turbo jets (and a convenient built-in cigar punch). I am much happier with this turbo system. The three jets obviously offer a much broader flame – easier to control and to spread over the whole foot of the cigar, lighting it without charring.
You still need to be careful – hold the foot of the cigar well away from the jets. Rotate the cigar with the foot at an angle until it ignites spontaneously and starts to glow. Occasionally blow gently on the foot to see if it is evenly lit, or where some attention is needed.
I also consider this Turbo lighter to be “the most successful” because, even at the altitude in Johannesburg, it gives less trouble than any other non-flint gas lighter.
The Silver Match Triple Jet Turbo is the lighter we will have on special this fortnight.
The Silver Match Triple Jet Turbo lighter with built-in Cigar Punch
R295.00 – only from 24 November to 7 December, 2011
Normal price R347.95
Correct lighting really adds to your enjoyment of a cigar.
November 16 – 29, 2011
PS Turbo mechanisms require extra-purified gas.Dunhill gas is highly refined, pure, turbo-compatible butane gas. This ensures that valves are less likely to clog and malfunction, and the anti-corrosive properties protect all metal parts, thus considerably extending the life of all lighters.
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