Rafael González Cuban Cigars - Models, Tasting Notes & Ratings

Introduction

Rafael González Brand History

The Rafael González brand is most famous for originally releasing the Lonsdale size. The size was named in honour of Hugh Cecil Lowther, the Fifth Earl of Lonsdale.

Rafael González Flavour Profile

I find the Rafael González brand to be medium in body, with chocolate, roasted nuts & tea overtones. All three Cigars in the Rafael González portfolio, although are small in size, are well worth checking out. I find that their price point and good construction to be a huge positive for the brand.

Coronas Extra and 2000 construction quality

During the period of the early 2000's where construction seem to have blighted many of the Cuban brands, I found one Cigar that was most badly hit was the Rafael González Coronas Extra. I have found from smoking many sticks from different boxes from that period to have draw problems.

Name: Rafael González
Year Founded: 1928
Strength: Light to Medium
Filler Used: Long
Flavour Profile: Vegetal
Information last updated on Tuesday, 9th December 2014.

Regular Production

Discontinued

Regional Edition

Current Production

Rafael González Panatelas Extra

One of the smallest Regular Production Cigars available, the Panatelas Extra contains all the hallmarks of a Rafael González, light to medium bodied, with a mixture of coffee and tea.

Cigar Name: Panatelas Extra
Size: Panateles
Factory Vitola: Vegueritos
Ring Gauge: 36
Length (mm): 127mm

Status: Currently Available.
Packaging Type: Dress Box of 25
Launch Year: Unknown
Information last updated on Friday, 8th November 2013.

Rafael González Perlas

Although released circa October 2011, the Rafael González Perlas have only been available so far in Spain. Currently the Perlas retails for around €2.50 a Cigar. No doubt the price point is very popular with smokers as the word is that they have been selling well.

Rafael Gonzalez Perlas

I was in fact surprised when Habanos SA decided to release the Perlas as part of the Rafael González brand, as the line had took a beating in the last ten years, with the Lonsdale, Corona Extras & Panatelas being discontinued.

Cigar Name: Perlas
Size: Tres Petit Corona
Factory Vitola: Perlas
Ring Gauge: 40
Length (mm): 102mm

Status: Currently Available.
Packaging Type: Dress Box of 25
Launch Year: 2011
Notes: First released in Spain, October 2011.
Packaging Type: Cardboard Packs of 5
Launch Year: 2013
Notes: To my knowledge, the first region to offer cardboard five packs of the Rafael Gonzalez Perlas for sale was the United Kingdom, in the last week of January 2013.
Information last updated on Tuesday, 9th December 2014.
A cardboard five pack of Rafael González Perlas A box of Rafael González Perlas A box of Rafael González Perlas Smoking a Rafael González Perlas shortly before the start of the 2013 Carmarthen Beer Festival.

Rafael González Petit Coronas

Rafael Gonzalez Petit Coronas
Cigar Name: Petit Coronas
Size: Petit Corona
Factory Vitola: Marevas
Ring Gauge: 42
Length (mm): 129mm

Status: Currently Available.
Information last updated on Friday, 8th November 2013.

Discontinued

Rafael González Cigarritos

Cigar Name: Cigarritos
Size: Small Panatela
Factory Vitola: Laguito No.3
Ring Gauge: 26
Length (mm): 115mm

Status: Officially Discontinued.
Information last updated on Sunday, 6th July 2014.

Rafael González Coronas Extras

Cigar Name: Coronas Extras
Size: Grand Corona
Factory Vitola: Coronas Gordas
Ring Gauge: 46
Length (mm): 143mm

Status: Officially Discontinued.
Information last updated on Sunday, 6th July 2014.

Regional Edition

Rafael González Petit Pirámides - German flag German Regional Edition

The first Regional Edition to be announced for 2013, the Petit Piramides will be the first Regional Edition released under the Rafael Gonzalez brand. The La Casa del Habano in Düsseldorf were the first to announce this release in mid February 2013.

Although the Petit Pirámides were the first Regional Edition to be announced, the Cigar did not become available for purchase until January 2014. The only other Regional Edition that is for 2013 but did not get released until 2014 was the Quai d'Orsay Belicoso Royal.

Cigar Name: Petit Pirámides
Size: Petit Pyramid
Factory Vitola: Petit Pirámides
Ring Gauge: 50
Length (mm): 127mm
Year Released: 2013
Status: Currently Available.
Packaging Type: TBA
Launch Year: 2013
Information last updated on Thursday, 20th February 2014.
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