Preparing Habano Leaves at the Factory

Once the leaves are properly cured and aged, having reached as perfect a state for smoking as any tobacco plant could, the tried and true method of making a Habano (Havana cigar) begins. This time-honored craft is conducted … Read More

Crafting Cigar Boxes & Bands

The origin of cigar bands is suffused with a rich mythos. One story posits that the paper bands were first used on Habanos (Havana cigars) exported to England since gentlemen of the day were reticent to stain their … Read More

Cuban Tobacco and Habanos Term Glossary

When it comes to speaking the language of Habanos (Havana cigars), the words are as romantic as they are foreign. Perilla, fortaleza, capa — even the basic jargon evokes a frisson of excitement, calling to mind swaying palm … Read More

How a Habano is Crafted

All Habanos are totally handmade cigars. Only highly skilled and masterfully trained cigar rollers called torcedores and torcedoras interact with the individual parts of a Habano (Havana cigar), especially when it comes time to assemble the beautifully aged … Read More

The Shapes & Sizes of Habanos

When deciding which cigar to smoke for a specific occasion, size and shape are important considerations. Perhaps you’re enjoying a Habano (Havana cigar) in a business meeting or inside your favorite cigar lounge during a lunch break. The … Read More

The Story Of La Gloria Cubana

When you smoke the famed La Gloria Cubana, you truly are enjoying the “Glory of Cuba”. Among the big Cuban cigar brands, La Gloria should be seen as more of a boutique brand. It is rolled … Read More

Hoyo de Monterrey Habanos

For over 100 years, the name Hoyo de Monterrey has become synonymous with elegance, tradition, and quality. It is one of the oldest cigar brands in existence and has since been known as a lasting member in the … Read More

Romeo y Julieta Habanos

The medium flavored Romeo y Julieta cigar has been on the market for 140 years. This Habano allows adult enthusiasts a way of traveling back in time to experience the creamy, earthy flavor with just a hint of … Read More

Montecristo Habanos

A Legendary Beginning The Montecristo brand name dates back to July 1935 when its creator, Alonso Menéndez, a wealthy Spaniard who arrived to Cuba in the early 1930s, bought the Particulares Factory in La Habana. Menéndez chose the … Read More

H. Upmann Habanos

H. Upmann, one of the oldest Habano brands on the market, was born in 1844 when brothers Hermann and August Hupmann opened their factory in the heart of La Habana. At its launch more than 170 years ago, … Read More

Top 10 Best Cuban Cigars

Top 10 Cuban Cigars 1. Montecristo #2– The Montecristo #2 can be called one of the best cigars in the world. It constantly ranked one of the best cigars of the year, and has become the staple to … Read More

The History of Romeo y Julieta

“Two households both alike in dignity, in far Verona, where we lay our scene”…we all know the beginning to Shakespeare’s most famous theatrical work.  The tale of two star-crossed lovers has been entered in the annals of literary history for … Read More

History of Cohiba

The island of Cuba has long been the considered the “El Dorado” of tobacco.  It is almost a mythical place, where the tobacco fields stretch as far as the eye can see, and the Havana Club rum flows like water.  … Read More

The History of Punch Cigars

If you are a cigar smoker in the United States, it is only plausible that you have not only heard of Punch cigars, but that you thoroughly enjoyed them.  From the rich maduro version of the Punch Elite, to … Read More

The History of Montecristo

Montecristo, also known as “Mountain of Christ”, is a small mountainous island off the coast of Italy.  The name gained worldwide recognition following the publication of Alexandre Dumas classic novel The Count of Montecristo.  However, in today’s world, it … Read More

The Opening of the U.S. Embassy

After more than 50 years, the U.S. has reopened its embassy in the nation of Cuba.  Since its closure in 1961 by President Eisenhower, the U.S. has had little to no political contact with Cuba.  Following the Cuban revolution, and … Read More

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