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Habanos Cigar Jar Commemorates China-Cuba Relations

To commemorate 50 years of diplomatic relations between China and Cuba, Habanos S.A., the worldwide distributor of Cuban cigars, has created a special decorative cigar jar full of 25 Bolivar Distinguidos, a double-tapered cigar measuring 6 3/8 inches by 52 ring.

The size is known as a Romeo in Cuban cigar factories and is otherwise only offered as a Cuaba Distinguido within the regular cigar production portfolio.

Though the 50-year anniversary technically took place in 2010, the cigar jar was unveiled a week ago at a release party held in Hong Kong’s Cohiba Atmosphere, P&L Club.

“We had the Cuban General Consul from Guangzhou, China come down to Hong Kong and officiate the launch of this China edition Bolivar cigar,” said Audrey Choong, marketing director for Pacific Cigar Ltd., which distributes Cuban cigars to the Asia Pacific region.

The jar is made of bone China and is printed with the 50th Anniversary statement, the flags of both China and Cuba, the Bolivar brand art and a tiger symbol, as 2010 was the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese horoscope.

Only 2,010 numbered jars have been created, 400 of which are allotted to Hong Kong. It retails for HK$8,000 per jar, which is about $1,030 or $41 per smoke.

"I'm sorry I didn't realize you had no goods made from China and thus not supporting the communist cause and oppression. Good on you." —December 28, 2011 16:57 PM
"No one said anything about censorship. The point is one of the problems with this country is China and out sourcing maybe have some pride and keep china out of it. Besides how many good smokes have you heard of coming out of china???? Please." —December 20, 2011 02:48 AM
"I would think CA's job is to post all cigar news and info to its readership as that is why they exist. Free press allows them to cover Cuba and any cigar info anywhere in the world and I for one rather have news available than censorship." —December 18, 2011 17:14 PM
"Good post Doug, I guess everyone at Cigar Aficionado forgot." —December 16, 2011 03:22 AM
"Really cool i like it." —December 14, 2011 07:19 AM
"What better way to commemorate 50 years of communist oppression by blood thirsty killers?" —December 14, 2011 04:57 AM
"That's a fat Boli. Heck of a smoke I bet. " —December 13, 2011 22:54 PM