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Learn with Lewis - Fonseca



As an administrator, my role is extremely varied
within the business here at C.Gars Ltd.

I am extremely interested in the cigars, whisky and other products we have to offer and enthusiastic to learn about them.

Follow me along on this learning journey, as I take you through what I have learnt about our brands so far; hopefully you can learn something new too!


Today I have been learning about the brand Fonseca.


In 1892 Don Francisco E. Fonseca, founder of Fonseca cigars, established a factory and produced his own brand of cigars in Havana. In 1903, Fonseca had a brand-new factory at 169 Front Street, after becoming an American citizen in 1895. Fonseca made frequent trips to Cuba, where he managed the "F.E. Fonseca Tobacco and Cigar Factory". He registered the brand in 1907 after immigrating with his wife to New York and he depicts both the Statue of Liberty and the Morro, Havana, on his business stationery to represent his double loyalty.

Don Francisco Fonseca developed an innovative method of preserving cigars, wrapping each one separately in a tube of tin foil, which led to his cigars' success. In addition to selecting the finest tobacco, he developed a method of packaging cigars that would continue until this day. In the past, cigars were packaged in tin tubes, covered with a fine Japanese paper to protect them from atmospheric changes (today, cigar tubes are often made of aluminum foil rather than tin.), however Fonseca still use the Japanese paper style.

After Don Francisco's premature death of a heart attack in Havana in 1929, his wife Teresa continued the business and merged the brand with T. Castañeda and G. Montero to form the firm of Castañeda, Montero, Fonseca SA.
Production continued uninterrupted after the revolution and the cigars are still produced at the Lazaro Pena factory in Havana. As a cigar brand, Fonseca is relatively mild by most aficionados' standards, sells for cheaper than most other Cuban cigar brands, and is marketed mostly in Spain and Canada, where the brand is particularly popular.

Let's takle a look at some of the most popular vitola from the brand:


Brand and Vitola Size Tasting notes


5 3/8" length and 42 Ring Gauge 

"...A gorgeous, box-pressed little cigar with a smooth draw. It is a very toasty, spicy smoke complemented by earth and leather. The finish is long and spicy. A flavorful medium- to full-bodied smoke..."
- Cigar Aficionado

KDT Cadetes

4 1/2" length and 36 Ring Gauge  Lovely smooth easy smoke, the construction is good, the flavors a bit flat, in the sweet-earthy profile. A small cigar with big boy characteristics.

No. 1


6 3/8" length and 43 Ring Gauge Good construction and easy drawing, the flavour is somewhat spicy, with a medium body. Very well manufactured, it is a small gem.



So, what have we learnt today?

Today we learnt about the brand Fonseca, their unique packing style, and their history overall.


I hope you enjoyed today’s blog of Learn with Lewis, and I hope you learnt something new! Until next time, take care and happy smoking!