Rafael Gonzalez Cigars

Rafael Gonzalez is a current pre-revolution cigar brand that first came to light under the name of La Flor de Marquez. The brand was established circa 1928 but the trademark wasn’t registered until 1936. Rafael Gonzalez cigars are made in the famous Romeo y Julieta factory, the brand was first developed with the British market in mind using a light tasting blend of tobacco leaves from the Vuelta Abajo region. All sizes are made ‘totalmente a mano, tripa larga’ – Totally by hand, long filler except one which is ‘totalmente a mano, tripa corta’ – totally by hand, short filler.

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It is said that the advice inscribed on each Rafael Gonzalez box that the cigars are packaged in 'should be smoked within one month of shipment or should be carefully matured for above one year' was written in his own hand by an English importer of the 1930's.

Rafael Gonzalez are believed to be the first cigar company to use the term Lonsdale to describe the shape of cigar that is 6.5” long by 42 ring guage – The factory name of this shape cigar is the Cervantes. The term Lonsdale comes from Hugh Cecil Lowther, the Fifth Earl of Lonsdale who was a famous English sporting Earl who was a passionate cigar aficionado of that time. This term is now in common use by other brands of cigars.

Buy your cigars from C.Gars Ltd and you can be assured you are receiving the finest grade of tobacco as your cigars will be personally checked and packed by one of our Hunters & Frankau trained sales team. We check top and bottom layers of cigars for wrapper colour, cigar condition and of course any signs of infestation. Rest assured when you buy Havana cigars from C.Gars Ltd... you are buying the finest quality cigars available anywhere in the world!