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Cuba Releasing New Cohiba and Romeos

David Savona
Posted: February 27, 2012

Cuba’s Habanos Festival, the world’s largest cigar festival, began today in Havana, and the Cubans announced a trio of new cigars that will be added to the Cuban cigar portfolio and sampled at the show.

There’s going to be a new Cohiba, complete with a new band and an aluminum tube, called the Cohiba Pirámides Extra, the first pyramid in the Cohiba line that’s not an Edición Limitada or Regional Edition.

The band is very luxurious, with great detail in gold and what appears to be a hologram. It seems to incorporate several elements of the very ornate (and hard to counterfeit) band found on the immensely successful Cohiba Behike BHK line of cigars.

Close up of Romeo y Julieta Petit Churchill cigar.

Cuba’s Romeo y Julieta brand will get a new Petit Churchill, a shorter version of the iconic Romeo Churchill, and this year will mark the first time a Romeo has been produced in Cuba’s Reserva program, with the Romeo y Julieta Churchill Reserva 2008. (see Cuba channel for image)

The cigars will be sampled this week during the Festival, which concludes on Saturday.

Gordon Mott and I will be in Cuba all week, reporting as often as possible. Look for our blogs on the new cigars and much more all week on

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Comments   17 comment(s)

Dennis Chevalier — Hurst, TX, united states of america,  —  February 28, 2012 9:59am ET

Where can an American get a CUBAN cigar?

Jamie Balfour — Reading, Berkshire, UK,  —  February 28, 2012 10:36am ET

Cuba!!! February 28, 2012 2:03pm ET

Diplomatic connections.

joel hoffman — scranton, pa, usa,  —  February 28, 2012 5:39pm ET

dennis try canada February 28, 2012 7:12pm ET

Desperate to try

James Poland Jr — Branchland , West Virginia, United States,  —  February 28, 2012 7:23pm ET

how expensive are they?

davetharave February 28, 2012 7:34pm ET

Anywhere but the U.S., unfortunately.

Kevin Feteira — Hamilton, Ontario, Canada,  —  February 29, 2012 9:06am ET

Canada has great Cuban cigars and lots of variety. But with our high taxes, expect to pay a premium price. For a Montecristo No.2 or a Partagas Serie P No.2 you could be looking at as much as 30-50 dollars depending on how much tax is on it. In Ontario on a 20 dollar cigar roughly 11 dollars of it is tax.

Ben Konkin — North Vancouver, BC, Canada,  —  February 29, 2012 12:11pm ET

I guess as a Texan you can run south to Mexico. I would caution that you know what reputable shop you are going to in advance. Odds of finding great selections there are not great, especially for a new high end stick.

Damian Bancroft — Georgetown, Cayman Islands,  —  February 29, 2012 2:02pm ET

Search Google for Authentic cuban cigars.
7 down listed is very trusted since 12 years.

Bruno Gallucci — Ottawa, Ontario, Canada,  —  February 29, 2012 3:41pm ET

@ Damian Bancroft - Google "Cuban Cigars" and the third one is where I've gotten cigars from.

Neal Porter March 1, 2012 3:56pm ET

Don't use any of the sites mentioned above. Go over to the forums and learn all about it

Polo Leal March 8, 2012 10:08pm ET

Dennis... just sign into a very popular cigar forum on the web, get hooked with the North Texas bunch and start trading HTFs for Havana's. It's that easy!

Damian Bancroft — Georgetown, Cayman Islands,  —  March 13, 2012 8:28pm ET

Why Neal? Br careful that you are not leading someone into trading fakes cubans for there real non-cuban premium cigars. Just sayin...not to be rude or crude , but i will always but the boxes and verify authentic factory codes and seals.

Glynn Quelch March 15, 2012 8:33pm ET

Saw a glimpse of the Romeo Reserva Churchill, that should be a cracking smoke. Missed the festival but hooked up with a few the week after in Havana who had been. May 22, 2012 9:49am ET

I guess you can really know that you are getting authentic Cuban cigars unless you go to Cuba and get them yourself?

Paula Jacobs — Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Dutch Caribbean,  —  July 31, 2012 5:07pm ET

If you visit the Caribbean check this website for Cuban cigars in St. Martin.

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