Habanos have produced many different Cuban cigars over the years, but some have stood out and marked smoking history. The Classic Cuban cigars must be sampled by anyone who calls themselves an Aficionado
Introduced in 1989 as part of the Linea Classica, the Robustos quickly became very popular. An ideal burn, combining balanced strength and flavor, allows the blend to deliver the rich grassy/beany aromas, so often associated with the Cohiba brand. A smooth creamy delivery means this cigar can be enjoyed by all. 5 years of age recommended.
All though this cigar is often referred to as ‘smooth and creamy’; beware of the heavy woody flavours. This is a medium bodied cigar, but the complexity of blend can make it feel stronger. Fruity notes do bring this cigar to life and the overall blend will improve with time. 5 years is recommended to get the best out of this cigar.
Arguably, the most recognizable Cuban cigar in production and considered by most to be the finest Torpedo coming out of Havana. The punchy Montecristo flavours are delivered in an intensive and ever growing manner, giving the Montecristo No.2 a real impression of a progressive smoke. The finish can be overwhelming. This cigar can be aged properly and will drastically improve with age. Smoked before 3 years and you will get heavy herbal dominance.
Perhaps the most famous of the Cuban Double Coronas, the Lusitania is the leader of the Partagas family. Very aromatic first phase, before the power and earthiness kicks in during the second phase. The final phase is all about power. This cigar changes drastically with time, with vibrant peppery flavours at a young age which then mellow into medium tobacco flavours after 5 years or so. Beyond 10 years, this Double Coronas really releases its full bouquet.
Arguably the most popular of the Romeo y Julieta cigars, but certainly the most recognizable one, the Churchill has developed a massive following. Initially, exclusively produced for Winston Churchill during the Second World War, the Churchill is a robust and complex cigar. The flavours come through in the first phase, before the power balances the cigar. The finish can be fairly strong. This cigar just gets better with age.
Possibly the most elegant cigar ever produced, the Fundadores needs no introduction to the smoking world. The flavours are very similar to the Cohiba blend, with beany/grassy creaminess dominating the smoke. The thin ring gauge demands a slow smoke. Can be enjoyed immediately.
This belicoso represents well what a Cuban cigar is like and should be. Full bodied, it will actually smoothen with age, liberating strong aromas of wood and spices. An experienced palate is recommended to smoke this cigar. The Belisocos Finos is a complex and a refined smoke for the afternoons with tea or coffee. A popular cigar for Cuban connoisseurs.
A cigar that responds very well to aging. The blend is complex, with the recognizable Punch woody flavours coming alive with spicy notes that are not found in other Punch vitoles. The power is middle range, put the richness of aroma gives the impression this cigar is stranger than it actually is, with a lot of evolution throughout the smoke. The blend will balance out as of 3 years.