SWISS CUBAN CIGARS REVIEWS THE UPMANN BRAND OF CUBAN CIGARS

A popular brand we sell is the  H.Upmann brand of Cuban cigars. H. Upmann is one of the premium brands of Cuban cigar available today. It was launched in the mid 19th century by Hermann Dietrich Upmann, who also founded a major bank in Cuba around the same time.

Click to see our reviews on the H.Upmann brand of Cuban Cigars.

 

Swiss Cuban Cigars reviews the Upmann brand of Cuban cigars

 

Swiss Cuban Cigars Reviews the Romeo y Julieta Brand

At Swiss Cuban Cigars, we not only sell the biggest range of the best Cuban cigars online, but we also have loads of in-depth knowledge of the brands available.

In this blog, the team from Swiss Cuban Cigars will look at the Romeo y Julieta (R&J) brand’s history, how it got so well-known, and just why Churchill loved them so much.

Swiss Cuban Cigars Reviews the Romeo y Julieta Brand

 

Swiss Cuban Cigars reviews the Partagas brand and the Partagas Lusitanias

At Swiss Cuban Cigars, we like to review specific brands of Cuban cigar, to give our customers as much information as possible for their buying decisions.

We also find the history of Cuban cigars extremely compelling, and finding out the stories behind each brand. This blog looks at one of the oldest Cuban cigar brands – Partagas. It’s been around since 1845 when it was established in Havana, Cuba and today its bestselling cigar is the Partagas Lusitanias.

The history and development of Partagas Cuban cigars

As well as the history of the Partagas brand, we will also review the smoking experience and see what some of our customers think of the brand’s cigars.

It all started with Don Jaime Partagas y Ravell, who moved to Cuba back in 1831. Originally, he worked for someone else, but started his own Cuban cigar factory in 1845 – called La Flor de Tabacas de Partagas.

Partagas owned a number of tobacco plantations in the prime growing area in Cuba – Vuelta Abajo. His ability to discern which tobaccos were the best on the island, along with his knowledge of fermentation and blending tobacco, soon made his brand of Cuban cigar very popular.

According to Cuban cigar legend, Partagas was the first person to think of hiring lectors to read to the men as they rolled cigars in his factory. This rapidly caught on throughout the industry and became a standard.

Partagas after Don Jaime’s death

The good times were not set to last forever for Don Jaime, and he was actually murdered by a on one of his own tobacco plantations in 1868. His brand of cigars passed to his son, Jose Partagas. A few years later the brand was sold on to Jose A Bances, a well known banker in Cuba.

By the end of the 19th century, Bances had partnered with a super successful tobacco merchant Ramon Cifuentes Llano. Bances soon bowed out all together, selling his shares to Llano. Various partnerships and iterations later, in 1916, Llano partnered with Francisco Pita to form a company called Cifuentes, Pego y Cia.

By the 1930s, they were producing the Cifuentes brand and a decade later the company was renamed Cifuentes y Cia. In the 1950s, the firm bought the La Gloria Cubana and Bolivar rands and by 1960 the Partagas factory was exporting a quarter of Cuba’s tobacco goods.

Revolution and beyond

It was in 1960, of course, that Castro seized the Government and along with it all the Cuban cigar factories in the country.

Castro decided to keep the Partagas brand under the state’s control, initially by Cubatobaco and much later by Habanos SA.

Governments have come and gone since Partagas started, but both before and after the Cuban Revolution, the brand has always been one of the best-sellers in Cuba.

By 1995, Partagas was the second most profitable Cuban cigar brand and was selling around 10 million every year. The old Havana-based factory was renamed Francisco Perez German before production was relocated to Havana Vieja in 2012.

Today, a new factory manufactures most of the Partagas vitolas and they are all hand-made.

Partagas brand vitolas

Every year since 2000, Partagas has launched a limited edition starting with the Piramide. The current range of hand-made Cuban cigars includes (but is not limited to):

  • 898 Cabinet Selección Varnished (Lonsdale – 6.75 inches with a gauge of 43).
  • Aristocrat (petit corona – 518 inches with a gauge of 40).
  • Corona Junior (petit corona – 458 inches with a gauge of 40).
  • Corona Senior (corona – 5.25 inches with a gauge of 42).
  • Culebras (culebra – 5.75 inches with a gauge of 39).
  • Lusitania (double corona – 758 inches with a gauge of 49).
  • Mille Fleurs (petit corona – 518 inches with a gauge of 42).
  • Princess (short panatela – 5 inches with a gauge of 35).
  • Serie D No. 4 (robusto – 478 inches with a gauge of 50).

Swiss Cuban Cigars review the Partagas Lusitanias smoking experience

To give an idea of what it’s like to enjoy a Partagas Cuban cigar, we’ll look at the Partagas Lusitanias Double Corona, which is 7.6 inches long and has a ring gauge of 49.

It’s a full strength cigar that needs around three hours of smoking time to fully appreciate its flavour profile. Partagas shifted its tobacco mix across all of its cigars in the mid-1990s.

This newer blend is tobacco harvested exclusively from the Vuelta Abajo zone in Cuba. Among the very finest cigars to be exported from Cuba, Partagas Lusitanias use only the finest wrapper leaves.

Despite the shortage of these in Cuba, Partagas continues to manufacture the highest quality cigars, beautifully wrapped in ligero leaves.

Leave the Partagas Lusitanias for five years for the best smoking experience

We recommend ageing of Partagas Cuban cigars, as it brings out the depth of the flavours. Generally a lighter to mid-bodied smoke, in our opinion the Lusitanias needs around five years before it develops the complex flavour profile cigar aficionados love so much.

And they really do love these cigars with one customer saying: “Rated top five of my private collections. Marvellous, big and beautiful smokes. Very flavorful, smooth and full of a wonderful aroma.”

 

 

Reviewing the iconic Cohiba Behike 52 – Swiss Cuban Reviews

The Cohiba Behike 52 belongs to the iconic Cohiba brand of Cuban cigars, which are much loved by cigar aficionados all around the world.

With a length of 4.7 inches (119mm) and a ring gauge of 52, the Cohiba Behike 52 is a solid, medium strength cigar that is popular with our customers.

What makes the Cohiba Behike 52 a favourite with Swiss Cuban Cigars customers?

Regularly considered to be up there with the very best Cuban cigars on the market, the Cohiba Behike 52 is particularly in demand. This also often makes it difficult to get hold of, although we always have plenty of stock.

We would advise cigar lovers who are seeking out the Cohiba Behoke 52 to be very careful in choosing authentic products. The counterfeit Cuban cigar industry is unfortunately thriving and it’s always a good idea to shop somewhere that can be fully trusted.

At Swiss Cuban Cigars, all of our brands are fully authentic and are sold in their original boxes complete with the green seal and all certification. Each cigar is wrapped in a rich and dark Colorado tobacco leaf, adding to the luxury vibe.

Background of the Cohiba Behike addition to the brand

Cohiba, which is one of the most revered Cuban tobacco brands among cigar buyers, released the Cohiba Behike 52 for the first time in 2010. They announced the addition to the Cohiba range of cigars at the Twelfth Habanos Festival.

However, only very limited quantities of this cigar are produced every year, exclusively at the Havana El Laguito factory.

The manufacturing process involves hand rolling only, and uses tobacco leaves carefully harvested from the best plantations in San Luis. The tobacco incorporates a rare tobacco leaf (the Medio Tiempo). This rare leaf offers a different level of flavour and a depth to the smoking experience that is unique.

How many vitolas are there in the Cohiba Behike range?

As well as the Behike 52, Cohiba also launched a Behike 54 (144mm length with a 54 gauge) and a Behike 56 (166mm with a 56 gauge).

When customers buy these three cigars, they will receive them in a special edition lacquered box of ten cigars.

A few months after the Cohiba Behike 52 was launched in Cuba, there was a London launch at No 6 Cavendish Square on 20 May 2010. Later in the same year the BHK 52 won the accolade of ‘Cigar of the Year’ from prestigious industry magazine Cigar Aficionado.

What’s the smoking experience like for the Cohiba Behike 52?

Reviewers often have very high expectations when it comes to the Behike 52, partly because it’s such an iconic release from one of the most popular Cuban cigar brands.

A reviewer on our website pointed out that the Behike 52 was smaller than they expected, but feels like the perfect size when you unwrap it. And as for the flavour, people praise its smooth and creamy flavour along with a full-bodied experience.

The first third of the smoke comes with a hit of spicy pepper, which intensifies into the middle section of the cigar. The final third is the spiciest of them all, but it burns well with a light yellowish grey smoke.

It takes just under an hour to smoke, making it the ideal choice for a one off special occasion. Be aware, however, that it’s full bodied and may not be suitable for someone who has never smoked a Cuban cigar before.

Complex flavours wrapped up in a beautiful wrapper leaf

The Behike 52 offers a complex host of flavours, with the spiciness mentioned earlier, mixed with earth, coffee, walnut and cedar. While some find it very full flavoured, it’s technically a medium-bodied cigar, so this will depend on personal taste.

This is very much not on the cheaper end of the Cuban cigar price spectrum, but we think it offers some real value. Thanks to the luxurious finish and the deep, complex flavours of the smoking experience, it’s a cut above from the average and, for those looking for something a bit special, we absolutely recommend it.

For us, the Cohiba Behike 52 offers a mix of the old and the new – the depth and tradition of fine tobacco with a relatively quick and smooth smoke. It’s never overwhelming and is accessible for most smokers.

We’re totally unsurprised at how popular the Cohiba Behike 52 is, and think that its popularity will only continue to grow over the years. Just be very careful that you don’t get stuck with fake cigars when looking for the Cohiba Behike range – there are so many counterfeit sellers out there.

Buying from Swiss Cuban Cigars gives you the guarantee that the product you will receive is definitely the real thing.

Swiss Cuban Cigars reviews the Partagas brand and the Partagas Lusitanias

At Swiss Cuban Cigars, we like to review specific brands of Cuban cigar, to give our customers as much information as possible for their buying decisions.

We also find the history of Cuban cigars extremely compelling, and finding out the stories behind each brand. This blog looks at one of the oldest Cuban cigar brands – Partagas. It’s been around since 1845 when it was established in Havana, Cuba and today its bestselling cigar is the Partagas Lusitanias.

The history and development of Partagas Cuban cigars

As well as the history of the Partagas brand, we will also review the smoking experience and see what some of our customers think of the brand’s cigars.

It all started with Don Jaime Partagas y Ravell, who moved to Cuba back in 1831. Originally, he worked for someone else, but started his own Cuban cigar factory in 1845 – called La Flor de Tabacas de Partagas.

Partagas owned a number of tobacco plantations in the prime growing area in Cuba – Vuelta Abajo. His ability to discern which tobaccos were the best on the island, along with his knowledge of fermentation and blending tobacco, soon made his brand of Cuban cigar very popular.

According to Cuban cigar legend, Partagas was the first person to think of hiring lectors to read to the men as they rolled cigars in his factory. This rapidly caught on throughout the industry and became a standard.

Partagas after Don Jaime’s death

The good times were not set to last forever for Don Jaime, and he was actually murdered by a on one of his own tobacco plantations in 1868. His brand of cigars passed to his son, Jose Partagas. A few years later the brand was sold on to Jose A Bances, a well known banker in Cuba.

By the end of the 19th century, Bances had partnered with a super successful tobacco merchant Ramon Cifuentes Llano. Bances soon bowed out all together, selling his shares to Llano. Various partnerships and iterations later, in 1916, Llano partnered with Francisco Pita to form a company called Cifuentes, Pego y Cia.

By the 1930s, they were producing the Cifuentes brand and a decade later the company was renamed Cifuentes y Cia. In the 1950s, the firm bought the La Gloria Cubana and Bolivar rands and by 1960 the Partagas factory was exporting a quarter of Cuba’s tobacco goods.

Revolution and beyond

It was in 1960, of course, that Castro seized the Government and along with it all the Cuban cigar factories in the country.

Castro decided to keep the Partagas brand under the state’s control, initially by Cubatobaco and much later by Habanos SA.

Governments have come and gone since Partagas started, but both before and after the Cuban Revolution, the brand has always been one of the best-sellers in Cuba.

By 1995, Partagas was the second most profitable Cuban cigar brand and was selling around 10 million every year. The old Havana-based factory was renamed Francisco Perez German before production was relocated to Havana Vieja in 2012.

Today, a new factory manufactures most of the Partagas vitolas and they are all hand-made.

Partagas brand vitolas

Every year since 2000, Partagas has launched a limited edition starting with the Piramide. The current range of hand-made Cuban cigars includes (but is not limited to):

  • 898 Cabinet Selección Varnished (Lonsdale – 6.75 inches with a gauge of 43).
  • Aristocrat (petit corona – 518 inches with a gauge of 40).
  • Corona Junior (petit corona – 458 inches with a gauge of 40).
  • Corona Senior (corona – 5.25 inches with a gauge of 42).
  • Culebras (culebra – 5.75 inches with a gauge of 39).
  • Lusitania (double corona – 758 inches with a gauge of 49).
  • Mille Fleurs (petit corona – 518 inches with a gauge of 42).
  • Princess (short panatela – 5 inches with a gauge of 35).
  • Serie D No. 4 (robusto – 478 inches with a gauge of 50).

Swiss Cuban Cigars review the Partagas Lusitanias smoking experience

To give an idea of what it’s like to enjoy a Partagas Cuban cigar, we’ll look at the Partagas Lusitanias Double Corona, which is 7.6 inches long and has a ring gauge of 49.

It’s a full strength cigar that needs around three hours of smoking time to fully appreciate its flavour profile. Partagas shifted its tobacco mix across all of its cigars in the mid-1990s.

This newer blend is tobacco harvested exclusively from the Vuelta Abajo zone in Cuba. Among the very finest cigars to be exported from Cuba, Partagas Lusitanias use only the finest wrapper leaves.

Despite the shortage of these in Cuba, Partagas continues to manufacture the highest quality cigars, beautifully wrapped in ligero leaves.

Leave the Partagas Lusitanias for five years for the best smoking experience

We recommend ageing of Partagas Cuban cigars, as it brings out the depth of the flavours. Generally a lighter to mid-bodied smoke, in our opinion the Lusitanias needs around five years before it develops the complex flavour profile cigar aficionados love so much.

And they really do love these cigars with one customer saying: “Rated top five of my private collections. Marvellous, big and beautiful smokes. Very flavorful, smooth and full of a wonderful aroma.”

 

 

Swiss Cuban Cigars reviews the popular Vegueros Cuban cigar brand

Swiss Cuban Cigars sells authentic Cuban cigars online to a worldwide market. One of the most important underlying drivers of Swiss Cuban is to always ensure that customers have access to a wide variety of guaranteed real Cuban cigars.

All of the Cubans that Swiss Cuban Cigars sell online from their base in Gran Canaria are manufactured and distributed by Habanos SA. Based in Havana, Cuba, Habanos makes 27 brands of authentic Cuban cigars and controls the distribution and marketing of them.

Swiss Cuban Cigars only sells authentic Habanos SA cigars

This is how customers know that they are buying the real thing when they buy from Swiss Cuban Cigars – every box comes in original sealed packaging complete with the green seal and security number that allow its origin to be traced to source.

Aside from never selling fake Cuban cigars, Swiss Cuban Cigars is known for its excellent customer service, its knowledgeable team and for the easy payment structure and fast delivery it offers. As part of the service that Swiss Cuban offers its customers, the team regularly review and discuss different Cuban cigar brands.

Swiss Cuban Cigars reviews all the brands, from the very popular big sellers to the lesser known but sought after limited editions. Here’s what they think about the Vegueros brand of Cuban cigar.

History and background of the Vegueros brand

‘Vegueros’ translates directly to ‘tobacco growers/farmers’ and that’s why the brand was created. It was introduced in 1996 specifically to pay tribute to all of the generations of farmers who have cultivated tobacco in the Pinar del Rio growing region in Cuba.

The idea is that the brand commemorates their work going back decades and pays tribute to their commitment and passion for growing the finest tobacco in the world.

Traditionally, farmers working in the wider Vuelta Abajo zone – which incorporates the Pinar del Rio region – roll their own cigars for their own use. Of course, this involves hand-rolling and expert selection of the finest parts of the leaves with which to make the cigars.

Visitors to the region wanted to find out for themselves how these cigars tasted, given that they are made by farmers growing tobacco in the world’s finest cultivation region. So, the brand was launched to share the high quality smoking experience with cigar lovers and newcomers to smoking.

Where and how are they made?

Today, the Vegueros line of Cuban cigars are manufactured at a factory in Pinar del Rio called ‘Francisco Donatien’.

The factory has been around since 1868 and was then converted into a cigar manufacturing site in 1961. While the factory had already been producing cigarettes for consumption in Cuba by this point, it was in the early 1960s that cigars for domestic consumption were first made there.

Colloquially, these cigars became referred to as ‘vegueros’ after the farmers we talked about earlier. They were, at this point, made specifically for public events and national banquets of the government. For all of these reasons, no one outside of Cuba had heard of Vegueros cigars until tourists began visiting and asking to try them.

This prompted Habanos to launch them for export in 1996.

Vitolas available from the Vegueros brand

Around 15 years after the brand first launched, the entire line was renewed along with the branding and presentation.

When the brand was relaunched, Habanos included innovative new sizes into the line. These include:

  • Tapados (46 x 120mm long)
  • Entretiempos (52 x 110mm long)
  • Mananitas (46 x 100mm long
  • Centrofinos (50 x 130mm long).

The Centrofinos is particularly popular with cigar aficionados and while the whole range is full bodied, they are still accessible for newcomers to the world of Cuban cigars.

What’s the smoking experience like?

For the team at Swiss Cuban Cigars, the revamped Vegueros line manages to combine a distinctive modernity with the old world tradition of the tobacco farmers favourite cigars. This has created what amounts to a whole new breed of Cuban cigar, for the modern smoker.

They recommend the brand to casual smokers and connoisseurs alike, given its smooth smoking experience. Customers can expect a rich and smooth smoke and to really taste the superior quality of the tobacco when they smoke it.

Each vitola in the range gives a medium to full bodied, creamy hit with undertones of earth, spice, nut and pepper flavours. Expect to get a hint of cream and some citrus notes, all adding to the complexity of the smoking experience.

Competitively priced for regular smokers

Another factor that makes the Vegueros range popular with cigar lovers is its mid price point. It’s a great choice for smokers looking for something that is elevated beyond the budget brands but isn’t as expensive as the likes of Montecristo and Cohiba.

The latter are out of many people’s price range, particularly when they’re looking for something to smoke regularly. Swiss Cuban recommend keeping Cohiba and the more pricey brands as a special occasion choice and going with the Vegueros line for an every day smoke.

Overall, it’s clear when you smoke any of the Vegueros vitolas that a lot of love, pride and care goes into their manufacturing. It’s a great mid-price brand to choose and a good introductory smoke for newcomers to the world of Cuban cigars.

The Bolivar Belicosos Finos: Swiss Cuban Cigars reviews

Swiss Cuban Cigars regularly reviews different Cuban cigar brands to help customers decide which are the best option for their cigar needs.

The expertise and experience of the Swiss Cuban team offers detailed advice on the history of the brand itself and the smoking experience of different cigars from the line.

In this blog, Swiss Cuban Cigars will explain the background of the Bolivar brand of Cuban cigars and then specifically review the Bolivar Beliicosos Finos vitola.

The history of the Bolivar brand of Cuban cigars

The Bolivar brand of Cuban cigars is named after Simon Bolivar, who is a major historical figure. The South American revolutionary lends his name and vibe to the cigars as they are considered to be some of the most robust on the market.

Simon Bolivar is known as the liberator of a huge swathe of South America from the rule of Spain, and as such is considered a strong and revered historical figure.

They are full-bodied and use specific types of tobacco leaves, known as ligero. These are the leaves found at the top of every tobacco plant. They have a coarser texture than other parts of the plant and therefore they give a cigar a heavier, more potent flavour.

This is why the ligero leaf is used for full bodied Cuban cigars, such as those under the Bolivar line.

When was the Bolivar brand established?

It’s possible that the Bolivar brand was originally started in Great Britain by a man called Jose F Rocha at the very start of the 20th century. It wasn’t until 1921 that the Bolivar name was registered in Havana under his company, which was called JF Rocha y Cia.

Right at the start of its brand life, Bolivar became known for making the tiniest Cuban cigar available on the market. This was called the Delgado and had a tiny ring gauge of just 20.

In 1954, the brand and all of the rights was bought by Cifuentes y Cia – this was after Jose Rocha died. Production of the Bolivar brand of cigars was moved to the Partagas Factory in Havana – many of the cigars under the brand are still made there today.

What is the Bolivar brand known for?

Cigar aficionados generally love the Bolivar brand for the fact that it offers the strongest and most full-bodied cigars out there. Beloved examples include the Royal Corona, Petit Coronas and the Belicosos Finos

For all these reasons, Bolivar is one of the most popular brands from Habanos SA due to its strength and flavour. The blend used in the Bolivar range of cigars is a mix of wrapper leaves and filler from the famous Vuelta Abajo tobacco growing zone.

Expert cigar smokers and Cuban cigar aficionados in particular love the Bolivar brand. Here’s a list of the cigars available from Bolivar currently:

Bolivar Tubos No. 2: Ring gauge of 42 and 129 mm long.

Coronas Junior: Ring gauge of 42 and 110 mm long.

Petit Coronas :Ring gauge of 42 and 129 mm long.

Royal Coronas: Ring gauge of 50 and 124 mm long.

Royal Coronas Tubo: Ring gauge of 50 and 124 mm long.

Belicosos Finos: Ring gauge of 52 and 140 mm long.

Belicosos Finos Reserva Cosecha 2016 to 2020: Ring gauge 52 and 140 mm long.

Bolivar Tubos No 3: Ring gauge of 34 and 125 mm long.

Libertador: Ring gauge of 54 and 164 mm long.

Mundiales: Ring gauge of 56 and 160 mm long.

Regentes: Ring gauge of 52 and 130 mm long.

Soberano: Ring gauge of 54 and 140 mm long.

Super Coronas: Ring gauge of 48 and 140 mm long.

Swiss Cuban Cigars reviews the Bolivar Belicosos Finos

So that’s the background of the brand, and now Swiss Cuban looks deeper into the Bolivar Belicosos Finos. This cigar is the strongest of the whole Bolivar range, and is considered to have a good draw and great combustion by reviewers.

While this cigar is the strongest, it’s still very smooth and has a rich and aromatic profile. Along with this, you can expect the kind of subtle spicy flavour notes that often come along with strong Cuban cigars. There are hints of chocolate, cinnamon and salt when you smoke it.

The Bolivar Belicosos Finos is the only figurado that the brand offers (figurado is any cigar that doesn’t have straight sides). Always hand-rolled and always perfectly packed, the cigar targets the palate in a way that makes the smoker keen for the next draw.

Buying Cuban cigars online

Whether you are looking for an uber strong cigar like the Bolivar Belicosos Finos or just looking for the perfect gift for a wedding or special occasion, buy from Swiss Cuban Cigars.

This isn’t solely because of the excellent shopping experience (fast delivery, worldwide shipping and the widest range of Cuban cigars available online) but also because they guarantee that all of their products are totally authentic.

The Swiss Cuban Cigars team comprises cigar experts and they are always able to give plenty of advice on brands and cigars. But more than this, they can ensure that customers do not get taken in by retailers selling fake Cuban cigars.

Just how much of the global market of Cuban cigars are actually authentic isn’t precisely known but there are estimates saying that up to 90% of Cuban cigars sold in the US are actually fake.

It’s a huge market and, of course, can ruin the smoking experience for so many people. Swiss Cuban always advises checking the boxes and seals to ensure that the product is totally authentic and also guarantee that every product they sell is absolutely the real deal.

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