United Kingdom Regional Edition Cuban Cigars
The United Kingdom has been well represented on the Regional Edition front over the last few years, with some inventive and interesting releases that include the La Flor de Cano Short Robusto, Bolivar Britanicas and Por Larranaga Magnificos.
Juan López Selección Superba - United Kingdom Regional Edition
Bolívar Belgravia - United Kingdom Regional Edition
The Bolívar Belgravia was first unveiled at the Hunters & Frankau Summer Party that took part at Belgrave Square in London on June 19th. This event also included the official launch of the Error: Cigar Not Found.
Por Larrañaga Sobresalientes - United Kingdom Regional Edition
Announced during the week of the 2014 Habanos Festival, the Por Larrañaga Sobresalientes will be the largest ring gauged Regional Edition made specific for the British market. An interesting vitola in the fact that it has an odd numbered fifty three ring gauge that is difficult to pronounce. It's not the first Sobresalientes Regional Edition however, as in previous years we have had the Ramon Allónes Sidon and Bolívar 681 for both Lebanon and Bulgaria respectively.
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La Flor de Cano Gran Cano - United Kingdom Regional Edition
The La Flor de Cano Gran Cano was launched at the annual Hunters & Frankau Party, that took place on Tuesday, 15th October 2013, at the HQS Wellington, Victoria Embankment.
A Gordito sized Cigar, the Gran Cano shares the same characteristics as the United Kingdom Regional Release for 2011, the La Flor de Cano Short Robusto. Light to medium strength, the Gran Cano is mainly a floral smoke, a perfect daytime cigar.
Ramon Allónes Petit Belicosos - United Kingdom Regional Edition
Released Monday, 8th October, 2012. Advertised as the 'little brother' of the 2005 United Kingdom Regional Release, the Ramon Allones Belicosos.
Ramon Allónes Hunters & Frankau Aniversario 225 - United Kingdom Regional Edition
The Ramon Allónes Hunters & Frankau Aniversario 225 commemorates two hundred and twenty five years since the founding of Hunters & Frankau, the exclusive distributor of Cuban Cigars in the United Kingdom. The Cigars were rolled in 2012 and shipped over to Hunters & Frankau in June 2013, where they will be aged for two years in the company's own warehouse.
Launched at the 2015 Hunters & Frankau Summer Party, at the Belgrave Square on June 19th in London, the Hunters & Frankau Aniversario 225 is the most anticipated United Kingdom Regional Edition since 2007's Por Larrañaga Magnificos.
2015 Habanos Festival
During the 2015 Habanos Festival, that was held in February of that year, a few lucky people were able to smoke a sample of the Hunters & Frankau Aniversario 225. Pictures have been posted via social media sites as Instagram and Twitter, with the general consensus that the cigar is going to live up to hype.
Long term aficionado and cigar forum contributor Ryan posted an image of the Ramon Allónes Hunters & Frankau Aniversario 225 that he received whilst at the Habanos Festival in Cuba:
Ryan's verdict on the cigar: they're very nice. His tasting notes:
A very nice wrapper, colorado, smooth with no veins and a silky feel rare in modern Habanos cigars. Nice volatiles of sweet spice in the pre-light aroma. On cutting, about halfway down the shoulder, the draw is perfect. The cigar feels good in the hand with a nice weight for its size. Not underfilled. 1st third. Main impressions are of sweet caramel with a spice on the nose. Not the ammonia spice of a young cigar. Christmas spices. From the rounded finish and lack of harshness I would guess that this was not a freshly rolled cigar. The flavour progresses into something like creamy, toasted marshmallow. Very nice. 2nd third Less sweet now, spice on the nose with caramel back again, this time with more depth, a longer finish. Last third Quite strong now and the spiciness increases. Not harsh but strong. Overall Impression This is a very good cigar. Good to smoke now but has the strength, sweetness and finish already to age very well. This combination of sweetness and spice can age extraordinarily well. This could be a great cigar in 2-5 years. Patience could be rewarded, the longer you can wait.
Punch Medalla de Oro - United Kingdom Regional Edition
Originally intended for release in 2011, the Punch Medalla de Oro was released in June 2012, to commemorate the Summer Olympics comes wrapped in a embossed gold foil. Released in a limited run of 3,000 boxes, each containing ten Cigars.
Bolívar Británicas - United Kingdom Regional Edition
Released in May 2012, the Bolívar Británicas is one of two 2011 Regional Editions for the United Kingdom. The first Regional Edition to have the Gran Bretana adorning the second band in place of Reino Unido.
Intended to be a forty six ring gauge as opposed to forty eight, the Británicas is named after the size and shape of this perfecto shaped Cigar.
Opinions of the Bolívar Británicas have been favourable to date (June 2012). Some people have had burn issues, however the three I have smoked so far have burned just fine.
La Flor de Cano Short Robusto - United Kingdom Regional Edition
Launched at the 2011 Hunters & Frankau Summer Party, the La Flor de Cano Short Robusto was one of the most eagerly awaited Regional Releases. Modelled on the legendary La Flor de Cano Short Robusto, this small Cigar did not disappoint when it was finally released.
Por Larrañaga Regalias de Londres - United Kingdom Regional Edition
Gifts from London.
Juan López Selección Suprema - United Kingdom Regional Edition
An interesting addition to the Selección Suprema is the specially made Juan López band, an exact replica of the Cigar that it was modelled from.
El Rey Del Mundo Choix de L'Epoque - United Kingdom Regional Edition
Choix de L'Epoque is the French for "The Choice For The Age". The Cigar reflects the changing trends from long, hour plus Cigars to smaller, forty minute smokes.
Punch Serie D'Oro No.1 - United Kingdom Regional Edition
La Gloria Cubana Gloriosos - United Kingdom Regional Edition
Por Larrañaga Magnificos - United Kingdom Regional Edition
Possibly the highest regarded and most sought after Regional Edition of all, the Por Larrañaga Magnificos is a remake of the popular Por Larrañaga Magnum, which in the 1960's and 1970's one of the most sought after Cigars amongst aficionado's.