Cuban Cigars

Cuban Cigars – It’s what most people immediately think of when they think ‘cigars’. Cigars from Cuba have a long history of being considered the finest cigars in the world. This Caribbean country is blessed with a semi tropical climate and a rich soil perfectly suitable for growing tobacco.

Many of you know that the Cuban tobacco industry was nationalized by Fidel Castro’s communist government in 1962, when all cigar brands of Cuba became the property of the Cuban government. As a result,  the government created Cubatabaco to handle all production and distribution of Cuban tobacco products both locally and internationally.

In 1994 Habanos S.A. was formed to monitor the promotion, distribution and export of cigars and tobacco products from Cuba around the world. To control distribution and protect against counterfeiting, Habanos S.A. set up a network of stores called La Casa de Habana in different countries. The only nation to which Habanos S.A. doesn’t sell cigars is the United States, which has had a trade embargo against Cuba since 1962.

 


 

List of All Cuban Cigar Brands

Global Brands

The global brands of Cuban cigars include 7 brands that are available worldwide.

Montecristo Partagas  Romeo y Julieta Hoyo de Monterrey H Upmann Jose L. Piedra
 Cohiba  Montecristo  Partagas  Romeo y Julieta Hoyo de Monterrey H. Upmann Jose L. Piedra

 


 

 Multilocal Brands

The Multilocal brands of cigars from Cuba include 5 brands of premium cigars that have general availability, which are available in most countries.

Bolivar Punch Vegas Robaina  Quintero Fonseca
 Bolivar  Punch  Vegas Robaina  Quintero y Hermano Fonseca

 


 

Niche Brands

The Niche Brands of Cuban cigars include 3 brands of premium cigars that have general availability.

Cuaba Trinidad San Cristobel
 Cuaba  Trinidad  San Cristobel de La Habana

 


 

Local Brands

Diplomaticos Sancho Panza Rafael Gonzalez  La Gloria Cubana El Ray del Mundo Flor de Cano Vegueros
 Diplomaticos  Sancho Panza  Rafael Gonzalez  La Gloria Cubana El Rey del Mundo Flor de Cano Vegueros
Por Larranaga Quai d'Orsay Juan Lopez  Ramon Allones Saint Luis Rey
 Por Larranaga  Quai d’Orsay  Juan Lopez  Ramon Allones Saint Luis Rey

 


 

Machine-made Brands

Troya Belinda Guantanamera
 La Troya  Belinda  Guantanamera

 


 

Discontinued Cuban Brands

Cabanas Los Stratos de Luxe Gispert
 Cabanas  Los Statos de Luxe  Gispert

 


 

Most Popular Cuban Cigars

Below is a list of some of the most popular Cuban cigar brands

Bolivar

This brand is named after the South American revolutionary hero, Simón Bolivar. Bolivar cigars are very full-bodied and said to be some of the strongest produced in Cuba and have superb ageing qualities. There is also a non-Cuban brand with the same name that are produced in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

 

Cohiba

Cohiba cigars are considered as the top Cuban cigar brand in the world with a price tag to match it. These cigars first appeared in 1966 being only available to top Cuban government officials, but in 1982 Castro and Cubatabaco made them available to the rest of the world.

 

H. Upmann

Another Cuban top selling brand is H. Upmann. The Cuban H. Upmann cigar is (generally mild to medium) an elegant, light to medium cigar. Founded by a German banker in 1844. The history behind the family running this company contains many interesting features. not to mention how in 1962, before signing the Cuban trade embargo President John F. Kennedy had his aides go around buying everything they could find of a certain size of the H. Upmanns´, his favourite cigar. he owners of the original brand moved out of Cuba to the Canary islands of Spain and today the non-Cuban production is located in the Dominican republic.

 

Hoyo de Monterrey

The Hoyo de Monterrey cigar brand was established in 1865 and has become one of the finest Cuban cigar brands. Hoyo de Monterrey cigars are elegant and delicate, yet still complex, and are made of tobacco from the premium Vuelta Abajo region. There is also a non- Cuban brand with this same name from Honduras.

 

Montecristo

Montecristo is one of the best known Cuban cigar brands of Habanos throughout the world and accounts for roughly one-quarter of Habanos SA’s worldwide cigar sales, making it the most popular Cuban cigar in the world. Montecristo’s blend is created exclusively with selected leaves from the Vuelta Abajo region, home of one of the finest tobaccos in the world. There is also a non-Cuban Montecristo that was established after the nationalization of the cigar industry in Cuba in 1962. The original owners of the Montecristo brand fled to the Canary Islands where they re-established the brand, which is now produced in the Dominican under the same name.

 

Partagas

Partagas is another top selling Cuban cigar brand and one of the oldest, founded in 1845. It offers full strength cigars using tobacco from the premium Vuelta Abajo region. There is also a non-Cuban Partagas brand from the Dominican Republic with the same name, established due to the nationalization. There is also a non-Cuban brand from the Dominican with the same name that was established due to the nationalization.

 

Punch

The brand Punch cigars was founded in 1840. This brand was aimed specifically at the British market and became successful there. The Punch cigars have bold and full, rich aromas. There is also a non-Cuban brand with the same name made from Honduran tobacco.

 

Romeo y Julieta

Romeo y Julieta is one of the best known Havana brands. It was founded in 1875, making it one of the oldest brands. Romeo y Julieta cigars are medium strength cigars and are produced many different tobacco blends from the premium Vuelta Abajo region. There is also non-Cuban brand produced in the Dominican Republic with the same name.