Cuban cigars - It's what most people immediately think of when they think 'cigars'. Cigars from Cuba have a long history of being considered the finest cigars in world. This Caribbean country is blessed with a great tobacco growing climate and a rich soil suited to growing tobacco.
As many of you know that the Cuban tobacco industry was nationalized by Fidel Castro's communist government in 1962, in which all cigar brands of Cuba became the property of the government. As a result the government created Cubatabaco to handled all production and distribution of Cuban tobacco products both locally and internationally until 1994, when the firm of Habanos S.A. was formed to export cigars and cigarettes worldwide.
Habanos S.A. is the government arm of Cubatabaco that simply monitors the promotion, distribution and exports of cigars & tobacco products around the world. To control distribution and protect against counterfeiting, Habanos S.A. set up a network of stores called La Casa de Habana in different countries. The only nation to which Habanos S.A. doesn't sell cigars is the United States, which has had a trade embargo against Cuba since 1962.
List of All Cuban Cigar Brands
The global brands of Cuban cigars include 7 brands that are available worldwide.
The Multilocal brands of cigars from Cuba include 5 brands of premium cigars that have general availability, which are available in most countries.
The Niche Brands of Cuban cigars include 3 brands of premium cigars that have general availability.
The Local Brands of Cuban cigars include 12 brands that have limited availability, which are available in a few countries.
Cuban cigar brands that are made by machine.
Discontinued Cuban Brands
List of Cuban cigar brands that are no longer in production.
Most Popular Cuban Cigars
Below is a list of some of the most popular Cuban cigar brandsCohiba
Cohiba cigars are considered as the top Cuban cigar brand in the world with a price tag to match it. These cigars first appeared in 1966 being only available to top Cuban government officials, but in 1982 Castro and Cubatabaco made them available to the rest of the world.
Montecristo is one of the best known Cuban cigar brand of Habanos throughout the world and accounts for roughly one-quarter of Habanos SA's worldwide cigar sales, making it the most popular Cuban cigar in the world. Montecristo's blend is created exclusively with selected leaves from the Vuelta Abajo region, home of one of the finest tobaccos in the world. There is also non-Cuban brand that was established after the nationalization of the cigar industry in Cuba in 1961. The original owners fled to the Canary Islands where they re-established the brand, which is now produced in the Dominican with the same name.
Partagas is one of the oldest Havana brands that was founded in 1845. Partagas is another top selling Cuban cigar brand to offer cigars of various sizes and shapes that comprises full strength cigars using tobacco from the premium Vuelta Abajo region. There is also a non-Cuban brand from the Dominican with the same name that was established due to the nationalization.
Romeo y Julieta
Romeo y Julieta is one of the best known Havana brands that was founded in 1875, making it one of the oldest brands. Romeo y Julieta Cuban cigars are medium strength cigars using tobacco from the premium Vuelta Abajo region and are available in various sizes, shapes and contain many different tobacco blends. There is also non-Cuban brand produced in the Dominican with the same name.
Hoyo de Monterrey
The Hoyo de Monterrey cigar brand was established in 1865 and has become one of the top Cuban cigar brands. Legendary basketball coach Red Auerbach was famous for smoking a Hoyo de Monterrey "victory cigar" before the end of basketball games when he coached for the Boston Celtics.
Another Cuban top selling brand is H. Uppmann. These cigars are available both hand-made and machine-made. There is also and H.Upmann Dominican brand. The Cuban H. Upmann cigars are generally mild to medium.
Punch cigars are the second oldest Cuban brand of cigars that were founded in 1840 and were named after the European puppet show character Mr. Punch. This brand was aimed specifically at the British market and became successful there. The Cuban Punch cigar are generally full and rich. There is also a non-Cuban brand with the same name made from Honduran tobacco for the American market.
This brand is named after the South American revolutionary hero, Simón Bolivar. Bolivar cigars are very full-bodied and said to be some of the strongest produced in Cuba and have superb ageing qualities. There is also a non-Cuban brand with the same name that are produced in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.
Tobacco Growing Regions In Cuba
Vuelta AbajoVuelta Abajo is considered the finest cigar tobacco-growing land in the world. Vuelta Abajo is the main source of tobacco for Habanos, and the only region that grows all types of leaf. But even here less than a quarter of the tobacco-growing land enjoys the Vegas Finas de Primera status that is required for the growing of tobacco for Habanos.
San LuisSmall town at the epicenter of Cuban tobacco culture, known above all for the cultivation of wrapper leaves. Here you find the world-famous El Corojo Vega; also Cuchillas de Barbacoa, location of the celebrated Robaina family farm.
San Juan y MartinezThe other famous small town, this one with a particular reputation for the cultivation of fillers and binders. The famous Hoyo de Monterrey plantation is located here.
Pinar del RioName of the province that embraces all of the important growing areas in the west of Cuba, and the name of the city at the center of the province. To the south of the city is some of the finest land for growing Habano tobacco, the Vizcaino plantation, for instance, which is famous for its wrappers.
Semi VueltaSecond region in the western heartland of Cuban tobacco cultivation, and another location for the cultivation of Habano wrapper leaves. The area employed is very small, however, barely one per cent of Semi Vuelta's total tobacco-producing land. Most of Semi Vuelta's tobacco is grown for other purposes.
PartidoHistoric group of tobacco-growing zones founded in the early 17th Century to the south east of Havana. Like Semi Vuelta, Partido specializes in the cultivation of wrapper leaves.
La HabanaHavana, capital of Cuba. Gave its name to Cuba's most famous export because its natural harbour was t he port from which Habanos were originally shipped. Also it remains the location of the most famous Habano factories.
Vuelta ArribaThis region is to the east embracing two widely separated tobacco-growing areas
RemediosCuba's largest and oldest tobacco producing area, and the source of all types of leaf for one particular Habano brand: Jose L Piedra. The soil and climate have their own distinctive character, but methods of cultivation used here for Habano leaf are the same as in other regions.
OrienteIt was at Bariay in the extreme eastern part of this region that Columbus landed in 1492 and discovered Cuban tobacco. Tobacco is still grown here, but not for Habanos.
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