More 2011 Cuban Cigars Announced

Worldwide distributor of Cuban cigars Habanos S.A. has announced the new cigars that will be released throughout 2011. Attendees of this week's Habanos Festival—including a team from Cigar Aficionado—will get the opportunity to smoke some pre-release samples throughout the event.

Adding to its regular-production portfolio, Habanos will be introducing the Partagas Serie E No. 2, a 5 1/2 inch by 54 ring cigar (factory name: Duke) and the Serie D No. 5, a stout petit robusto measuring 4 3/8 by 50.

The Serie E No. 2 represents the first time that a Partagas has been offered in the thick Duke size. The Serie D No. 5 first appeared as an Edición Limitada in 2008, but has now been incorporated into the normal line. Festival-goers got the chance to smoke these Partagas cigars at Monday night's welcome gala dinner.

H. Upmann Half Corona

Also being inducted into the regular-production portfolio will be the diminutive H. Upmann Half Corona, which Habanos describes as a novice friendly, accessible format deigned to "enjoy at any time." It measures 3 1/2 by 44 and comes in five-count tins or boxes of 25. This cigar will be offered at tonight's H. Upmann dinner.

For the first time, the Montecristo brand is enjoying Gran Reserva designation. The size of choice is the Montecristo No. 2, which uses tobacco from a 2005 harvest. Only 5,000 numbered boxes of 25 were produced. An advanced tasting of the Montecristo No. 2 Gran Reserva takes place Friday at the closing dinner.

For information on the trio of 2011 Edición Limitada cigars, see the article by David Savona.

"Please I bought a box of Romeu & Julieta "short sports". I do not know if is a new cigar, and if possible I receive information about an avaliation. Thank very much Luiz Roberto Farah, Curitiba, Brazil" —December 14, 2011 17:36 PM
"Going to Cuba this Sunday, are any of this Limited Editions available for purchase?" —March 9, 2011 22:13 PM
"Hi, I too am a newbie. I have been reading CA reviews all winter and I cannot wait for warmer weather so I can begin to put some of these fine ones to the test." —March 1, 2011 17:08 PM
"Hello to the cigar world. This is my first time posting a message. Looking forward to reading the reviews on the cigars. Hows the weather out there Mr. Savona??" —February 23, 2011 13:18 PM