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Montecristo: 80th Anniversary of Cuba’s Best-Selling Brand

Montecristo: 80th Anniversary of Cuba’s Best-Selling Brand

Students of the origins of Havana cigar brands will know that Montecristo came in just five sizes named numerically and it has always been assumed that the initial athletic line-up formed Montecristo’s range from the very beginning in 1935. However, during his research into the history of Hunters & Frankau, Simon Chase found some documents that suggest a rather different story.

cubatabaco 1492 vintage humidor open certificate

Who are the Buyers of High-Priced Vintage Cigars?

The vintage cigar market can be an enigmatic place, with players unwilling to reveal their sources, collections or investments for fear of alerting their competitors. With some information from a few specialists, Nick Hammond found out that vintage buyers can be divided into two distinct groups.

Cigar Bundles Aging in Storage

The Stages of Cigar Aging – From Fresh to Vintage

The typical smoker of aged and vintage cigars is one who appreciates the value of time and the delicacy in the works of art that a manufacturer can create. This article compiles opinions and information published from some of the world’s leading experts on the topic of cigar aging.

punch serie d oro no 2 limited edition 2013 box

Ediciónes Limitadas – Innovation Born of Necessity

It all began in 2000 when Habanos S.A. introduced the line Ediciónes Limitadas that represented one of the very first ideas for special, limited-production cigars. For the first five years, Limited Editions were only found in five brands: Cohiba, Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, Partagás and Hoyo de Monterrey. By now, until 2014, there have been forty-eight Limited Editions in total.

h upmann factory front view old factory sign

H. Upmann Factory: Two Giants under a Roof

The building is enormous, but, because the street is narrow and densely built-up, at first glance it appears humbler than it really is. The factory, located at Calle Amistad No. 407 and 409, between Calle Dragones and Calle Barcelona, is rather nondescript and can be hard to find.

union de fabricantes de tabacos first seal on a box 1890

A forgotten Anniversary: 125 Years of Cuban Warranty Seal

There is one anniversary taking place this year that seems to have escaped notice in Cuba. True, it doesn’t relate to a brand, but nevertheless it goes right to the heart of what has given Habanos the global success they have enjoyed for well over a century: quality and authenticity.

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