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Cohiba Siglo VI Gran Reserva Now Available

The long awaited Cohiba Gran Reserva is finally available at Specialist in Habanos stores throughout the UK. The Gran Reserva is made with the best tobacco from Cuba’s 2003 harvest, selected from leaves grown in San Juan Martinez and San Luis. All the leaves have been aged in bales for a period of five years before the cigars were made.

The 2003 harvest began in December 2002 and finished in March 2003. Each of the five types of leaf used to make this cigar (three in the filler, one for the binder and the last for the wrapper) underwent the standard curing, sorting, fermentation and classification processes that take up to twelve months to complete. Then they were packed into bales to mature gradually during the last nine months of 2004, all of 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, and the first three months of 2009.

The bales were broken open early last year at El Laguito (Cohiba’s headquarters factory) where the finishing touches were made to the leaves before they were delivered to the cigar rollers to be crafted into the Siglo VI shape (5 7/8” (150mm) x 52 ring gauge), known a Cañonazo, or cannon shot, on the factory floor.

Only 75,000 were made for presentation in 5,000 black lacquered, numbered boxes containing fifteen cigars each.

The idea of special productions of Cuban cigars made from aged leaves is not new. In 2005 and 2007 releases of 100,000 cigars each, known simply as Reservas, were made of the Partagas Serie D No. 4 (4.875 x 50) and the Montecristo No. 4 (5.125 x 42) respectively. The tobacco in these Reservas was aged in bales for three years before the cigars are made.

The Cohiba Siglo VI Gran Reserva received rave reviews when tasted at the 2009 Festival del Habano in Havana and with such a limited number being made available you will have to be quick should you want to have a piece of cigar history in your humidor.

Their recommended price is £80 per cigar, or £1,200 per box of 15. To find your nearest Specialist in Habanos please click here.

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