Salomon

A member of the diadema group of cigars, a Salomon is a very large figurado with pointed, tapered heads and bulbous feet with a nipple tip (see photo). The Cuaba Salomon measures 7 1/4 inches by 57 ring gauge. Due to their curves and the size, they are very hard cigars to roll, demanding a lot of skill and time. A top roller can make only about 50 or 60 in a day. The modern Salomon was the brainchild of Christopher Wolters, an energetic cigar merchant from Dusseldörf, Germany. The Partagás factory discreetly made a limited production of the cigars in the mid-1990s. Only 5,000 of the large figurados were produced. They were sold in individually numbered, specially designed wooden humidors (all different in style), each with two bundles of 25 cigars each. They retailed for about $10,000 in the beginning. The shapes, which are known in the plural as Salomones (sahl-ah-moan-ays), have begun to make their way into the non-Cuban world also. La Flor Dominicana makes some Salomones.