Regional Edition La Gloria Ships

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.

"@ Frderic, Hi Frederic,let me know what do you think about the BELUX No.1, you must have already at LCDH Knokke.Best regards from Luxembourg!" —February 16, 2012 07:28 AM
"@John Bankston Hi John,we are almost neighbours,LCDH Luxembourg is located in the center of Luxembourg-city, 2 minutes walk from the Hotel Royal on Boulevard Royal.We are on 22B avenue Porte-Neuve.Hope to see you soon John for a great smoke and a fine drink.Have an excellent day!" —February 16, 2012 07:26 AM
"@David Savona, I am afraid I can't make it this year to the Festival, if it should be possible, I will let you know!" —February 16, 2012 07:22 AM
"@Mr Jean-Claude, Where in Luxembourg may I find your store? I'm about 20 mins from Aachen, Germany, so I don't imagine you are far at all. Hope to you hear from you...John" —February 16, 2012 01:34 AM
"Looking forward to smoke one in Havana during the XIV festival. Frédéric LCDH Knokke, Belgium" —February 15, 2012 15:33 PM
"Looking forward to trying one of these." —February 15, 2012 12:46 PM
"Dear Jean-Claude, thanks for providing the additional information about the Luxembourg price and release date. I'm going to make those changes to the story, and the updated version will appear in Tuesday's Cigar Insider ( I would enjoy coming over for a rum and a cigar, but I'm afraid I can't this week. Will I see you in Cuba for the Festival?" —February 15, 2012 10:17 AM
"Hi David Savona, The sales for Luxembourg will start tomorrow Thursday 16th and the price for Luxembourg is 150 EUR for the box of 10,the Grand-Duchy is always a bit cheaper than Belgium. So tomorrow we will serve Cuban Ron Caney 12 años with the Belux No.1 and those who want may watch Suckling's DVD:Cigars The Heart and Sould of Cuba.You are welcome to join us if you leave today you can make it...See you soon and keep on making the wonderful job you do on cigars! Best regards from LCDH Luxemburgo, Jean-Claude" —February 15, 2012 09:24 AM