Cigar brands and ownership

I’m always trying to research or access as much research as possible regarding vintage Havana cigars. I have most of the decent book that have been written over the years but their always seems to be so much more to learn.

My friend Rolando Salup has compiled an invaluable list of Havana cigar brands and details of their ownership and locations which he has kindly given us permission to publish on our website.

Rolando lives in Havana and is an antiques dealer. It has been my pleasure to meet with him at least twice a year for the last decade and chat about the history and significance of many of the antiques that I have bought for the C.Gars collection and of course for sale on my website. and

Rolando is a mine of interesting information and its a privilege to know him.

The following article was written by Rolando and translated with thanks to my assistant Yudy in our Havana office (with a tiny amount of editing/corrections by ourselves)

I hope you find the articles useful and of course if you have any questions don’t hesitate to email me

Peaceful puffing


Happy St Patrick’s Day :-)… and here is the news….

– Cohiba Gran Reserva …fabulous cigars and I must be replying to 100 emails a day asking when will they be available ? Well I am sorry to tell you that we don’t expect them till October this year. I will of course email all clients who have expressed an interest as soon as we have a firm release date. Only 5000 numbered boxes containing 15 cigars each will ever be made. All the tobaccos in the Gran reserva are aged a minimum of 5 years.

– The new Montecristo Open cigars ( Junior/Master/Regata/Eagle) are expected in May with tubed versions to follow in November

– The wonderful new Trinidad robusto T are expected in June with tubed version planned for December

– 2009 Limited editions include Romeo Y Julieta Dukes,H Upmann Magnum 48 and Bolivar Petit Belicosos

– 2009 UK regional editions are Juan Lopez seleccion Suprema in boxes of 10 ( 3/4/3) expected in the Autumn and El Rey Del Mundo Choix de L’Epoque in dress boxes of 25 expected in June

More details of course on our regular enewsletter

Peaceful puffing and best wishes from sunny London