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Most collectable jars – top five list

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Cuban Cigars Post

Friends of the Cuban smoke, it’s been a long time since I have not posted. You know, I was busy with work (head nodding). And family (light snore). And stuff (deep snore). And bla, bla, bla (fall off the chair) bla…

And now that we got that out of the way let’s cut to the chase! Or shall I say, let’s cut to the jar? I really like jars. I think they are the best container for cigars. Cigar jars contain cigars in a perfect way and are collectables at the same time. If kept in the proper environment cigars stored in a jar simply come to life. You know, the little-hair-on-young-wrapper-leafs-can-be-seen-alive. Not to be mistaken with mold of course. This coming to life is in a positive way. Similar to keeping cigars in tubes, cigars in jars age a little slower and all of the aroma is kept in the stick and not in the wood or the paper glued on the wood of the box. I actually like jars so much I have already written about it here.

About 15 years ago getting your hands on a cigar jar was not that easy. There were a few but they were expensive like the Cohiba 30 Anniversario. Of course back then – and still today – one of the desirable collectables was and is a Partagas Sevilla jar. But good luck in finding a nice one and if so the original cigars are long gone. With the introduction of the Millennium jars (Cohiba, Cuaba and Montecristo) the “jar-landscape” got a great and very affordable three-some in addition. I guess that the jars were such a great success that it brought the porcelain container back on the “packaging-map” in Cuba and fast forward a few years, more jars followed. Actually that many that it is hard to remember them (and own them) all one by one.

Reason enough to post my personal favorite list of the all time most collectable jars ever! And without further ado this is the top five list of those jars. Highly subjective as always here on feltedhat.com.

1) Bolivar Distinguidos ER China 2010
2) Cohiba Anniversario 30 (25 Dalias in a jar. Really, do I need to say more?!?)
3) Montecristo Robusto Millennium
4) Cohiba Coronas Especiales (by Diademas S.A. – only 200)
5) La Gloria Cubana Deliciosos ER Cuba 2009

Honorable mention are all the retailer and distributor jars that were introduced outside of Habanos S.A.. Top of the list is the elegant Portmann 40th Anniversario jar and the series of jars introduced in Spain (looking convincingly similar to the classical Partagas jar).

The post would not be complete with a dis-honorable mention. I feel I need to say something in this matter as well, even though this is practically impossible because they are what they are: jars! And I love jars, remember? So, dis-honorable mention are the “regular” Cohiba, Monte and Romeo “buckets” that came out a few years ago and still collect dust on the shelves of many vendors. I feel they lack a bit of soul.

So what is your favorite list ever?!?

Packaging

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Cuban Cigars Post

You have read it before. I am a packaging freak. And I admit it I have bought cigars just because I liked the box. 🙂 And it is not just the optical aspect. There is so much more to that!

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For instance you must have heard about the discussions that cigars age better in cabinets because of air flow (and what not). This is opposed to regular dress boxes where having a comparable cigar you are not supposed to get the same aging result. My personal opinion is that I love the looks of bundled cigars in cabinets and you can staple them so well! When it comes to aging I admit that I do not have enough experience. One thing I find certainly not so appealing is that the regular dress boxes are layer out with paper. This paper can be a good base for fungus… And while I am still on the topic of the cabinets: Have you heard that decades ago cigars to be put into cabinets where made with a different type of tobacco? Even more so they contained the tip of the leaves (supposedly better).

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Another thing is nature wood vs. varnished wood. Again experts can tell you that the varnish holds off or better said regulates the air exchange. This can be favorable for the cigar. On the down side sometimes the varnish comes with a smell of its own that gets into the cigars and makes them unshakable (first edition of Behike cases – smelly!!!)

For me the jars are the top of the heap. The most exclusive and elegant form of packaging. I am very happy to see that more and more cigars come out in jars (some I even would call bin 🙂 ) as I believe that cigars you put inside of a jar simply “come to live” much more. Can’t get enough of that so I am very happy to see that not only Habanos S.A. is using this containment if not many distributers come up with jars too. Great thing!

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And what about the 8-9-8 box? This is, hands down, the coolest of them all. And not only because usually they contain cigars of my favorite size Lonsdales/Dalias. The smell you get when you open such a box. The joy when you fold open the wax paper. The look of the perfectly aligned bundle! It does not get cooler than that!

Of course slight variances get my attention too. For instance the Bolivar Qatar came in a nature box of 10 with a button but it had rounded corners. I can’t remember that I have seen this before. So I wanted one not only because it was a Bolivar! 🙂 Or plain wood boxes shaped like the dress boxes but with a slide lid (I remember the Hoyo Epicure Especiales Edicion Limitada having a box like that). So special!

It is not only the joy of smoking a cigar. Sometimes looking at the packaging, opening a box and taking a whiff is great pleasure too! When was the last time you did this?

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