The La Gloria Cubana Belux No. 1, a 2011 regional edition Cuban cigar created for Belgium and Luxembourg, went on sale Monday in Benelux, and is expected Thursday in Luxembourg.
The cigar is a Genios size, measuring 5 1/2 inches by 52 ring. The only other Genios in the Cuban cigar portfolio is in the Cohiba Maduro 5 line.
These new La Glorias come in boxes of 10 cigars, and the run is limited to 3,500 boxes, or 35,000 cigars. They retail for 15.30 euros (about $20) each, or 153 euros per box ($200) in Belgium, and 15 euros each in Luxembourg.
The cigar has the colorful La Gloria Cubana band and beneath it a secondary band reading “Exclusivo Belux.”
Belux refers to Belgium and Luxembourg, and is not as common a term as Benelux, which refers to Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg, countries in Western Europe that have close economic, geographic and cultural ties. Holland, part of the Netherlands, has its own regional edition for 2012, the El Rey del Mundo NL No. 1, which is already on sale.
For details on the 26 Cuban Regional Edition cigars for 2011—some of which still have yet to reach their markets—see Gordon Mott’s Cuba Report in the February Cigar Aficionado, on sale now.
Note: Updated 2/15/12 with pricing and release date on Luxembourg.