December 30, 2021
December 30, 2021



It is over 200 years since the first cigar trademark was registered in Cuba. In that time countless brands have come and gone, reflecting the rich and colourful history of Havana cigars that is unrivaled anywhere else in the world. The oldest brand still in production, Por Larrañaga, dates back to 1834 and the youngest, San Cristobal de la Habana, was launched in 1999. Each of the 25 different brands imported into the UK has a unique history, but also an individual flavour and character waiting to be discovered. With over 300 different options to chose from there is a cigar suitable for every palate and every occasion.

It is the task of the master blenders (maestros ligadores) to ensure that each brand consistently delivers its own distinct, signature flavour. Havana cigar brands can be broadly categorised into five main flavour classifications (Full, Medium to Full, Medium, Light to Medium and Light). However, even brands sharing the same flavour ranking will have significant differences in taste due to the specific blend of filler leaves and the plantation from which they have been harvested.

It is also worth bearing in mind that the flavour classification of a cigar is not intended to be as precise as, for example, the alcohol content listed on a bottle of whisky; it is far more subjective and open for debate.

The shortest Havana cigar measures just 3 ½” (90mm) in length while the longest is over 9 inches (230mm), with a multitude of options in between.  These different sizes and shapes greatly affect the smoking experience. Longer cigars allow the smoke to cool as it travels to the palate while shorter cigars deliver a hotter, more intense flavour from the start.

Thinner Havana cigars burn more quickly and due to the narrow aperture, deliver more concentrated flavours on the tongue, giving a sharper taste. The blender compensates for this effect to some extent by omitting the powerful ligero leaf from some thinner sizes.

Heavy ring gauge Havanas burn more slowly and deliver a large volume of ’rounder’ smoke that drenches the palate with a full mixture of flavours.

Newcomers are advised to start with something small with a light blend and explore the various brands and sizes from there. If unsure always ask for advice from your local Havana Cigar Specialist.

To view the full range of Havana brands and sizes currently available online please click here.

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Casa Cubana  stock an extensive selection of Rare & Vintage cigars, please contact us for the latest availability.We are always happy to value and purchase Rare & Vintage cigars, please contact us if we can help.

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