The 2016 UK Habanos Regional Edition, the Juan Lopez Selección Superba, was launched by Hunters & Frankau at The Churchill Bar & Terrace on Tuesday 8th November.
Just 6,000 numbered boxes of ten cigars have been made and they are available exclusively in the UK. They are available from Casa del Habanos from Wednesday 9th November and then from specialist tobacconists and select catering outlets from Friday 11th.
Guests at Tuesday’s party received a Cuaba Divinos on arrival and then, after the welcome speech from Sean Croley (H&F sales & marketing director), the Juan Lopez Selección Superba was presented. Champagne and canapés were served throughout the evening together with two bespoke cocktails created by The Churchill Bar team especially to compliment the medium to full bodied cigar.
Brand: Juan Lopez
Vitola de Salida: Selección Superba
Vitola de Galera: Geniales
Flavour Profile: Medium to full
Dimensions: 5 7/8” (150mm) x 54 ring gauge
Presentation: 6,000 numbered, labelled boxes of 10 cigars
Although thoroughly modern in shape (replicating the Montecristo Open Eagle and Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de San Juan), the presentation of this cigar also has several features that hark back to earlier times. For instance the cigar band and the Tapaclava (the label covering the nail that secures the lid) are both recreations of much earlier examples.
This is the second time that Juan Lopez has been chosen to produce a Regional Edition for the UK, following the 2009 Selección Suprema.
The Juan Lopez Selección Superba was initially sampled by Hunters & Frankau in Havana during the Habanos festival in March 2016 and, more recently a very small number of pre-release cigars were presented to guests at the Annual H&F Summer Cigar Party in June. At each of these events it was generally agreed that the cigar was already displaying plenty of bold flavours and character and had remained faithful to the Juan Lopez brand style.
Some images from the launch party at The Churchill Bar & Terrace on Tuesday 8th November: