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New Habanos for 2012

New Habanos for 2012

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During the Habanos Festival, held in Havana last month, there were many announcements regarding several new products that are due to be released during the coming twelve months. The intriguing list includes four additions to the standard line productions, three Limited Editions, one Regional Edition and Romeo Y Julieta’s very first Reserva.

Before we begin looking at the 2012 releases, it is worth mentioning the two late arrivals from 2011. They are the two regional editions. Namely, the Bolivar Britanicas – 5 3/8 (137 mm) x 48 ring gauge and the Punch Medalla de Oro – 6 1/8 (155 mm) x 50. The Bolivar is expected by the end of April and the gold wrapped Punch will arrive in June.

Habanos SA will add four entirely new products to its Standard Range Portfolio this year, two from their leading global brands: Cohiba & Romeo Y Julieta and two from their “local” brands: Quintero & Rafael Gonzalez.

Standard Lines:

COHIBA – Pirámides Extra, 6 ¼” (160mm) x 54 ring gauge.

Available in boxes of 10 & tubed packs of 3.

This is the first cigar to be dressed with the new Cohiba band

Due to arrive in the UK in August.

Cohiba Piramides Extra (Single)

Cohiba Piramides Extra Tubos (Single)

ROMEO Y JULIETA – Petit Churchill, 4” (102mm) x 50 ring gauge.

This represents the fourth addition to the Churchill range for R&J

Available in boxes of 25, due in May and aluminium tubes due in November.

Romeo y Julieta Petit Churchill (Single)

RAFAEL GONZALEZ – Perlas, 4” (102mm) x 40 ring gauge.

Available in labelled boxes of 25 and small packs of 5 cigars.

Due for release before June.

QUINTERO – Favoritos, 4 ½” (115mm) x 50 ring gauge.

Available in boxes of 25 cigars.

Due for release before June.

Limited Editions:

A further three Limited Edition releases will take place this year during the summer from Montecristo, H. Upmann & Partagás.  All the tobaccos in these cigars are aged for a minimum of two years before they are used in the production of these cigars.

H. UPMANN – Robusto, 4 7/8” (124mm) x 50

Double banded in boxes of 25

Due May.

MONTECRISTO – Montecristo 520, 6 1/8 ” (155 mm) x 55

Double banded in boxes of 10

Due August.

PARTAGAS – Serie C No. 3, 5 ½” (140mm) x 48

Double banded in boxes of 10

Due August.

Reserva

These cigars are only released by global brands and in their most iconic formats. The classification also signifies that all the tobacco used has been aged in bales for a minimum of three years before the cigars are made.

ROMEO Y JULIETA – Churchill Reserva 2012, 7”  (178mm) x 47 ring gauge

Double banded in boxes of 20. Due in October.

Romeo y Julieta Churchills Reserva (5)

Romeo y Julieta Churchills Reserva (2)

Romeo y Julieta Churchills Reserva (3)

UK Regional Editions

This year Habanos SA has approved a UK Regional Edition for distribution exclusively through Hunters & Frankau and, in an echo of the original Regional Edition released in the UK, Hunters & Frankau have once again selected the Ramon Allones brand and a Figurado shape. However, this time it will be presented in the Petit Belicoso format, rather than the Campana of 2005.

RAMON ALLONES – Petit Belicosos, 5” (125 mm) x 52

Double banded in boxes of 10.  Due in August.

So, including the two late arrivals, we can expect a total of eleven new cigars to arrive on these shores over the course of 2012. Although please bear in mind that, as with previous years, these release dates should be treated as guidelines rather than guaranteed luanch times.

Naturally, we will let you know as soon as we have any further information pertaining to any of these exciting new releases.