New Cubans for 2008

Habanos S.A., the worldwide distributor of Cuban cigars, will debut several new cigars this year. The releases include new sizes in existing brands, along with new Edición Limitadas, special collector's humidors and regional-edition cigars.

The annual Habanos Festival in Havana, which starts on February 25, often serves as a sneak preview of the year's Cuban offerings; Habanos tends to release cigars into the market gradually throughout the year, with some releases coming as late as November.

Two new sizes will be introduced at the festival that are slated to go on sale in the late spring or early summer. One is the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial, a robusto measuring 5 1/2 inches long by 50 ring that was first released as an Edición Limitada in 2004. The other new size is the 6 1/2 by 50 H. Upmann Magnum 50, another former Edición Limitada (first seen in 2005). Both cigars will be added to the regular Habanos production portfolio and will be offered in boxes of 10, 25 and 50. A Partagas Salamones package containing five cigars measuring 7 1/4 by 57 will come as a Casa del Habano shop exclusive.

Habanos will also be releasing three 2008 Edición Limitadas, several new tubos and more.

For details, see Cigar Insider and James Suckling's Cuba blog.