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Partagás Edición Limitada 2012 Trickles into Global Market

Four days ago, Habanos S.A., the international distributor for all Cuban cigars, announced that the Partagás Edición Limitada Serie C No. 3 would be “arriving soon to markets all over the world.” While the cigar has certainly made it to some of the larger distributors, smaller markets still await the new release.

The Pacific Cigar Co., which distributes Cuban cigars throughout the Asia Pacific region, has received the new Partagás and hosted a launch party last week in Hong Kong where the Serie C No. 3 retails for HK$232.65—approximately $30.

Hunters & Frankau, the Habanos distributor for the U.K. region, has still not received the cigars, but is expecting them soon. Canada also awaits shipment as the Havana House distribution hub has yet to receive any significant stock.

Cyprus-based distributor Phoenicia Trading, however, has already begun supplying shops throughout its region as their warehouses have received inventory. Phoenicia’s expansive territory covers more than 40 countries including the Middle East, parts of Europe and most of continental Africa.

The Partagas Serie C No. 3 comes packaged in wooden boxes of 10 with each cigar wrapped in dark, upper priming leaves culled from shade-grown Cuban black tobacco plants. It measures 5 1/2 inches by 48 ring and is the seventh Partagás size to be part of Cuba’s Edición Limitada campaign, which began in 2000.

The letter series of Partagás cigars first started in the 1930s exclusively for the British market, and included Series A through D with four sizes assigned to each letter—16 cigars total. The Serie C No. 3 was discontinued in the 1960s, along with the rest of the series, but has been brought back for this special release.

Look for a rating of the Serie C No. 3 in an upcoming Cigar Insider.

"Purchased two boxes of 10 last november. In Cuba, Nice looking but not really impressed with first two smoked. I am letting the rest, rest." —May 26, 2013 10:53 AM
"Actually, I thought these Cigars were pretty amazing. They are definitely a punch in the face, so not sure where you guys are getting "light" from. " —October 8, 2012 12:54 PM
"I smoked another one of these last night after it sat in my wineador for a couple of days. It tasted like a very good NC. No twang, just light tobacco flavor. Will not buy any more of these." —September 17, 2012 07:30 AM
"I received a fiver of these from a Canadian BOTL. I tried one, but was not impressed. Needs slumber in the humi." —September 14, 2012 07:56 AM
"Silly question? Any way these will tricle to the US?" —September 13, 2012 17:39 PM
"To answer your question, they will make it to American soil, but not legally. At least, not until the present laws change." —September 13, 2012 17:35 PM
"Silly question? Will these ever make it to American soil?" —September 13, 2012 17:31 PM