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25% Off Black Friday to Cyber Monday

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 8:46:47 PM America/Los_Angeles

 
25% Discount Black Friday to Cyber Monday
 
 
As a celebration of our new-look website and newsletters please enjoy a 25% discount on all your favourite Cuban Cigars online.   
 
Shop for your holiday gifts early and save Big! 
 
Only available until Dec. 2nd!

 
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Churchill's Cigars

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 7:13:59 PM America/Los_Angeles

Churchill's Cigars
 
When you think of smoking a cigar, you usually picture a beautiful, relaxing setting. The first place that comes to mind is usually an outdoor patio in the sun or an old oak-panelled library. For Winston Churchill, that place was 15,000 feet in the air aboard an aircraft en route to Cairo. Since planes were not yet pressurized back then, the former British Prime Minister had his oxygen mask specially designed to accommodate a cigar.

ChurchillThe "British Bulldog" was known for his trademark cigar and top hat combo throughout the Second World War. Churchill preferred Cuban cigars above all others and this preference began in November of 1895 when Churchill was sent to Cuba to aid the Spanish in quelling the whispers of revolution. Churchill's first week there didn't go as planned, however, as the Spanish Commandant who was supposed to greet them at the docks never showed up. Churchill and a fellow officer, left to their own devices, stayed in a fancy hotel and lived off a diet of Cuban cigars and oranges. At his home in England, "Winnie" had a private cigar room stocked with 3000 plus cuban cigars, Romeo y Julieta being among his favourite brands.

Imagine flying high above the ground smoking your favourite cigar. The man certainly was a genius and, arguably, one of the greatest men in history, but what would he have been without his cigars? Where would you like to smoke a cigar? What heights or depths would you travel? What stories you could tell.

“Smoking cigars is like falling in love. First, you are attracted by its shape; you stay for its flavour, and you must always remember never, never to let the flame go out!” 
~Winston Churchill

Written by C. Vogler


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The History of The Cohiba Brand

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 2:13:39 PM America/Los_Angeles

Cohiba's origins trace back to the middle 1960s, when a bodyguard of Fidel Castro shared some of his private supply of cigars made by a local artisan named Eduardo Ribera.[1] These cigars pleased Castro so much that a special production of the unbranded blend, produced under tight security, was made for Castro and other top government officials.[1]

As Castro himself recalled the tale in 1994:

"I used to see the man smoking a very aromatic, very nice cigar, and I asked him what brand he was smoking. He told me that it was a special blend, but that it came from a friend who makes cigars and he gave them to him. I said, let's find this man. I tried the cigar, and I found it so good that we got in touch with him and asked him how he made it. Then we set up the house [the El Laguito factory], and he explained the blend of tobacco he used. He told which leaves he used from which tobacco plantations. He also told us about the wrappers he used and other things. We found a group of cigar makers. We gave them the material and that is how the factory was founded. Now Cohiba is known all over the world."[2]

The production of special cigars for top officials under conditions of tight security was given extra impetus by fears of ongoingCIA assassination efforts against Fidel and Raul Castro and Che Guevarra. The technical services department of the agency is now in fact known to have worked on the development of exploding cigars as a means of assassination from the early 1960s.[3]

Before the distinctive black-and-yellow band of the Cohiba became a badge of plutocracy, it was the favored smoke of Cuba's revolutionary elite [...] Soon these long, elegant cigars became as much a part of the revolutionary look as facial hair and military fatigues, thanks to Che Guevara's pronouncement that he had never smoked a better cigar.

— Newsweek

The Cohiba brand was formally launched in 1968 at the direction ofCubatabaco, the Cuban state tobacco marketing bureau.[5] The head of Cubatabaco asked Avelino Lara, head of the El Laguito factory, to create a new super-premium blend which differed from all previously existing Cuban cigars.[5] During the first few years of production only a few thousand boxes were produced annually, reserved for the use of high government officials and frequently given away as diplomatic gifts.[5]

Cohiba was launched into the public market as a premium cigar brand in 1982 in conjunction with the 1982 World Cup held in Spain.[1] At the time of its first public launch, the Cohiba marque consisted of just three vitolas(sizes): the Panetela, the Corona Especial, and the Lancero. In 1989 three more vitolas were added: the Robusto, the Exquisito, and the Espléndido. These first six are now collectively known as the company's Línea Clásica (classic line).

In 1992 Habanos SA launched the first sizes in what it calls the Línea 1492, commemorating Christopher Columbus and his voyage to the Americas, with each size named for a century since Columbus' discovery. The initial launch included the Siglo I, Siglo II, Siglo III, Siglo IV, and Siglo V, with a Siglo VI added in 2002.

Cohiba also produces two machine-made cigarillos: the Mini and the Club.

Habanos SA have used their Cohiba brand name for non-cigar products, manufacturing Cohiba cigarettes since 1987 and Extra Cohiba Cognac since 1999.

In 1992 approximately 3.4 million cigars were produced in Cuba bearing the Cohiba label, out of a total Cuban cigar export production of approximately 60 million pieces.[6]

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