In 1986 Bernard Hine (the late Cellar Master and Honorary Chairman of Hine) and Nicholas Freeman (the late Chairman of Hunters & Frankau) met for the first time. It was the beginning of a friendship that would eventually lead to the creation of the Hine Cigar Reserve XO Cognac ten years later, in 1996.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Cigar Reserve XO Cognac and the friendship of its two creators, Hine and Hunters & Frankau have released a limited bottling exclusively available in the UK.
Eric Forget, Hine’s legendary Cellar Master combined the classic Hine Cigar Reserve XO Cognac (50%) with the exceptional 1986 Grande Champagne vintage cognac (50%) to create a Cognac of outstanding quality that remains true to the original blend.
The 1986 vintage was selected partly in recognition of the year the two men first met, but also due to the delicate yet complex cognac with a bouquet of fine tobacco, oak, sweet spices and white peach that it produced.
Just 250 bottles of this celebratory cognac have been made, each one hand bottled in Hine House, Jarnac. Each one has also been individually numbered by hand.
In 2001, Habanas S.A. announced the first in what would become a yearly series of releases called the Colección Habanos Series. Each release is contained within a box that is shaped to look like a book, with each book containing 10, 20, or 30 cigars, depending on the year of release.
This tenth volume is dedicated to the Bolivar brand and contains 20 Gran Belicoso, a vitola made in a very special way for the occasion by a select group of experienced Cuban cigar rollers who work at one of the most emblematic cigar factories of Cuba: Partagás.
Only 1,000 units of this case have been made for exclusive worldwide distribution through the franchise network “La Casa del Habano”.The figurado format of Gran Belicoso in this Habanos Collection deeply connects with the tradition of the brand. Today, the normal Bolívar range of sizes includes the Belicoso Finos, a Habano figurado that is one of its most representative examples.
With a blend that has carefully taken into consideration the complexity of richness that characterizes this brand flavour, these 20 Gran Belicoso are ideal for the most special moments of enjoyment and full delight. Like the rest of the range of sizes of this brand, all these Habanos have been made totally by hand with selected leaves from Vuelta Abajo plantations, the best tobacco region in Cuba, located in the province of Pinar del Rio.
Bolívar Gran Belicoso - 54 x 7 1/8
Hoyo De Monterrey Maravillas Collection Book released in 2015 as the 14th collectors edition of "Habanos Books"
Book cabinet contains 20 cigars.
Ring Gauge: 55
Length: 230mm / 9inches
Montecristo Gran Piramides Collection Book released in 2017 as the 16th collectors edition of "Habanos Books"
Book cabinet contains 20 cigars.
Vitola: Gran Piramides
Ring Gauge: 57
Length: 160mm / 6.5inches
Habanos S.A. every year present a very special and impressively large cigar in a book collection. The name of this special series is "Colección Habanos", which already indicates who this edition, it is aimed at: Habanophile collectors of cigar gems.
There are only 3,000 individually numbered books worldwide and despite the high prices, the select few are lucky enough to own such a book.
The Trinidad brand was chosen for this Colección Habanos because it celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019. Like all cigars from the Colección Habanos, the Trinidad Casildas are absolute top products and are undoubtedly among the best that are made in Cuba. The mixture corresponds to the typical characteristic of the Trinidad brand, which is characterized by its smoothness and balance with an impressive abundance of flavors. Here, the choice of absolute top tobacco and the large format create a very special taste impression.
The boxes contain 24 pieces of these magnificent cigars.
Popular Vitola: Casilda
Factory Vitola: Casilda
Ring Gauge: 53
Cigar Length: 185 mm / 7.2 inches