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Pacific Cigar Co. launches Harimau Malaya Regional Edition

Pacific Cigar Company launched the San Cristobal de la Habana Exclusivo Malasia on Thursday 8 April. The cigar, nicknamed “Harimau Malaya” the “Malaysian Tiger”, is the first regional edition for Malaysia and is a Montesco-sized robusto extra cigar measuring 5 1/8 x 55 (130mm x 55). 

San Cristobal de La Habana, a brand created in 1999 by Habanos S.A, is a tribute to the city of Havana. San Cristobal de La Habana was also the brand selected to commemorate the city’s 500th Anniversary, in 2019.  Harimau Malaya, the first Malaysia Edition Cigar, is a vitola selected by Habanos S.A in 2020 for Habanos aficionados in Malaysia. The name “Harimau Malaya” was selected as it represents the national mascot of Malaysia. 

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The cigar bears the standard San Cristobal de la Habana band and features a second Exclusivo Malasia red and white regional edition band. 

Hosts La Casa Del Habano Kuala Lumpur welcomed guests to launch venue Cohiba Atmosphere Kuala Lumpur for the event. Around Asia, cigar lovers were invited to attend the launch online by Zoom. Mr Dag Holmboe, CEO of Pacific Cigar Company addressed the event via Zoom from Hong Kong, while His Excellency Mr Fiorentino Batista, the newly appointed Cuban Ambassador to Malaysia, Serena Ong, Malaysia Country Manager for Pacific Cigar Co., and Jonathan Chow of Cohiba Atmosphere Kuala Lumpur also spoke at the event. 

Presented in boxes of 10 sticks, this San Cristobal de La Habana Harimau Malaya is limited to only 8,888 boxes. This 2020 Regional Edition cigar is now available to cigar aficionados in Malaysia and, of course, in Asia Pacific.

Samuel Spurr

Samuel Spurr has been Cigar Journal’s Asia-Pacific contributor since his first feature on the Australian cigar scene in 2006. Regularly writing, Tweeting, and Instagramming about cigars, he’s recognized in Australia as a cigar authority and frequently hosts cigar master classes.


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