Monday, February 16, 2015

Habanos S.A. News: Habanos S.A. Announces 2015 Limitadas, Aniversarios and Gran Reserva


As the 17th Habanos Festival nears, I felt it was an appropriate time to share some of the 2015 releases. We have already seen two hit the market, the Montecristo and Romeo y Julieta Añejados, but there are more exciting releases in the work. One of the biggest releases last year from Habanos S.A. was the Cohiba Robustos Supremos, a 58 ring gauge robusto, and continuing down the new trend of larger ring gauges, Habanos S.A. has announced the new Limitadas, Aniversarios and Gran Reserva, most of which are larger Habanos.


2015 Gran Reserva:

Beginning in 2009, Habanos S.A. began to release Gran Reservas every other year. The Habanos would be very limited, and would be composed of tobacco that had been aged a minimum of five years. It began with the Cohiba Gran Reserva Cosecha 2003 Siglo VI in 2009, and was followed by the Montecristo Gran Reserva Cosecha 2005 No. 2 in 2011 and the Partagas Gran Reserva Cosecha 2007 Lusitanias in 2013. This year, 2015, Habanos S.A. has announced the newest Gran Reserva. For 2015, Habanos S.A. will be releasing the Romeo y Julieta Gran Reserva Cosecha 2009 Wide Churchill. 5,000 Wide Churchills boxes will be produced, and 15 Habanos will be in each box. The presentation will be similar to years past, and they will be numbered black lacquered Boîte Natural boxes.    

2015 Aniversario:

In 1935, the Montecristo brand was established at the H. Upmann Factory. So, to celebrate its 80th Anniversary, Habanos S.A. is releasing the Montecristo 80th Aniversario. The 80th Aniversario will be a robusto extra, and will measure 165 mm with a 55 ring gauge. It will come in 20 count lacquered boxes, and will be a limited release. The number of boxes produced has not been disclosed, but I would guess that there will be 80 boxes made, so possibly 1,600 Habanos in all.

2015 Edición Limitadas:

Habanos S.A. has revealed the 2015 Limitadas this year, and they are for the Hoyo de Monterrey, H. Upmann and Ramon Allones brands. It has been three years since H. Upmann has had a Limitada, and four for Ramon Allones.

The first Limitada announced for 2015 is the H. Upmann Magnum 56. This limitada will measure 150 mm with a 56 ring gauge, and will be the largest H. Upmann released to date. The Habanos will be released in 25 count boxes, and production numbers have not been announced. The Magnum bands are secondary bands on the H. Upmann brand, so with the Limitada band I am expecting three bands, but they may remove the Magnum band all together.

The second Limitada that was announced for 2015 is the Ramon Allones Club Allones. This limitada will measure 135 mm with a 47 ring gauge, and will be a modified corona extra/petit robusto. The Habanos will be released in 10 count boxes, and like the H. Upmann, production numbers have not been announced. It will feature two bands, the Ramon Allones and Limitada band, and I imagine they will be using a similar style band to what they used on the 2011 Limitada

The third Limitada that was announced for 2015 is the Hoyo de Monterrey Maravillas. This limitada is the largest I have seen and will measures 230 mm with a 55 ring gauge. I can only imagine the cost that will come with such a large Habanos, but the fans of Hoyo de Monterrey will not be disappointed, that I am sure of. No other information was announced with the Habano, but this is one I will be very interested in reading up on.

Conclusion:

Other releases have been announced by Habanos S.A. as well, but I felt that these were the big ones to focus on. More and more, Habanos S.A. is releasing fatter and short Habanos, and with the Wide Churchill being announced as the Gran Reserva, we can see that Habanos S.A. understands that the worldwide market is looking for ring gauges of 54 plus. There have been no 60 ring gauge releases announced as of yet, but it is still early and the Regionals have not been announced. I think we are in for a treat with this years announcements, and I am particularly looking forward to the Ramon Allones Club Allones. The Magnum 56 sounds a little big, but Habanos S.A. has proved to be successful in making larger ring gauge offerings. Stay tuned for more news and information as the Festival Habanos is coming up next week.