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Cigar Diary: In the Box

Cuba has created lots of excitement with its limited-edition cigars and humidors
James Suckling
From the Print Edition:
10th Anniversary Issue, Nov/Dec 02

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So far, my favorite limitada has been the Partagas Serie D No. 3. I like the vitola, which is basically the same size as the Punch Punch. It's refined and elegant yet rich and powerful. It shows wonderful balance to the rich and spicy character. "That's the most enjoyable size to smoke," agrees Baró. "It's just the right size to smoke all the time and it shows the blend of the limitada very well."

There was talk of releasing the next round of limitadas this year; the cigars were said to include such rarities as the Montecristo B, Partagas Serie D No. 2 and Romeo y Julieta Hermoso No. 1. But Ana Lopez, the head of marketing for Habanos, said in September in a meeting in Madrid that the Cubans probably would not launch a range of limitadas this year. "We have plans for limitada for next year," she says. "And we have not decided on the vitolas or brands yet. It all depends on the stock and quality of aged tobacco we have."

Lopez did say, however, that Habanos this fall would be selling a special line of reserva Cohiba -- all made from tobacco with at least two to three years of age. The selection includes the Corona Especial (6 inches by 38 gauge), Esplendido (7 by 47), Robusto (4 7/8 by 50), Piramides (6 1/8 inches by 52) and a new vitola, Media Corona (5 1/2 by 38). Each will be sold in boxes of 25 to 30 cigars, depending on the size. The Media Corona is a special cigar made for the reserva line and will not be sold on a regular basis.

So, I want to make it official. My thanks to Habanos and whoever else has been involved in getting Edición Limitada off the ground. It's all good news for Cuban cigar lovers. The more special products with aged tobacco the Cubans can make, the more excitement there will be in the marketplace.

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