Posts Tagged ‘San Cristobal de la Habana’

Royalty meets tradition – small smokes

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Cuban Cigars Post

I know, I know. I said I wouldn’t buy Cuban cigars anymore. I might have a few too much lying in the humidor. What can I say? Guilty as charged, your honor. But about a month or two ago, I found out that there is a gap in my current smoking portfolio: Small cigars. And so it comes that I post about new additions to my humidor. But first, let me get the following out of the way. Here I sit and as often as I can, I write about how lame big ring sized cigars are. That we all should stopp fooling around and go back to ring sizes 50 and smaller. And to be precise, when I say fooling around I particularly mean Habanos S.A. and the big vendors who can’t seem to get enough of those jaw breakers.Sorry to say but those big ringsides are the opposite of elegant and classy. But to come back to my initial point, here I sit and preach water and I don’t even have enough water stored in my humidor. That certainly had to be changed!

Of course another important aspect is, that I simply do not find the time to smoke longer sticks that often as I used to. And what makes it even more difficult is the fact that I don’t like to pair smoking cigars with other activities as I feel the cigar does not get enough attention. So time to smoke is a really, really scares luxury item for me. So getting some smaller cigars just simply made sense.

So cutting to the chase I got a beautiful box of Raffael Gonzales Cigaritos from September 2000. Traditional looking wooden box with a button to close and a very enchanting smell. Those are really for when it has to be quick and having been able to get my hands on 16 year old box I don’t even have to age them myself. The second box are the elegant yet “bit-size” El Rey del Mundo Demi Tasse from 2013. Not exactly vintage and they even do not follow “I don’t smoke a cigar younger than five years old”. But good enough to smoke and a nice change to the crusty box of H.Upmann Preciosas I every once and then frequent.

Last but not least the royal addition to the humidor: The San Cristobal El Principes. I wasn’t going to buy them as I have plenty of them lying around. But the smelling one wiff from this certain box brought me right back to the year 2000 when San Cristobals still were sold exclusively in Cuba. The smell immediately reminded me of the El Principes I looked at and smoked back then. So I simply had to get this box. Proof enough to me that the Cubans still know how to do it and still have the ability to produce cigars within their own typicality. Something that some said was lost over the years.

El Morro – the forsaken castle

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Cuban Cigars Post

A few weeks after the announcement which cigars are on the cut list I checked some online cigar shops. And in some of them the San Cristobal de la Habana El Morro already now is not available any more.

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So I guess it works! Simply put a slow selling cigar on the cut list and it sells like hot cakes! And a few years down the road you simply start producing it again. If I recall well we saw that happening with a Medaille d‘Or from La Gloria Cubana.

Another one that bites the dust is the Quay d‘Orsay Imperiales. And even though I feel that it has to do at lot with marketing I am making the following statement because I enjoy smoking Quay d‘Orsay cigars very much so but I personally believe that the San Cristobal line is exceptionally rich and was always something like a well kept secret.

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Especially the El Morro with its molasses taste combined with earthy and woody notes was one of my favorites and I still treasure a partial box from 1999 when the first releases of this brand were only available in Cuba. My second runner up is the El Principe. Very earthy and if you like small cigars you are very aware of the miracles a Minutos can make. 🙂 I really like the „special casa“ releases as well. And actually I can not say much bad about the brand. Somehow I never really made friends with the Belicosos format La Punta.

To make a long story short: I hate to see the El Morro go. Great cigar! I do hope it will make it‘s reappearance soon! 🙂

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