For those interested about the 2014 class of Habanos S.A.’s Edición Regional series, a new list appeared this weekend. Previously, information regarding a few releases had been leaked, while this new list includes 15 different cigars.
It first appeared on the Friends of Habanos forum with the information appearing on Cuban Cigar Website shortly thereafter.
Ramon Allones Sur ER Libano – Genios – BN25 – 3.000 boxes
Bolivar Bosphorus ER Turquia – Petit Edmundo – BN25 – 2.000 boxes
Ramon Allones Caprichos ER Espana – Magicos – Box of 10 – 5.000 boxes
Por Larranaga Sobresalientes ER UK – Sobresalientes – SBN 10 – 5.000 boxes
Juan Lopez Chiado 1864 ER Portugal – Petit Robustos – BN 10 – 5.000 boxes
Saint Luis Rey Inca ER Peru – Petit Robustos – SLB 50 – 1.000 boxes
Ramon Allones Perfectos ER Suiza – Britanicas Extra – SBN 10 – 5.000 boxes
Diplomaticos Bushido ER Asia & Pacific – 109 – BN25 – 2.000 boxes
Ramon Allones 898 ER Germany – Dalias – 898 unvarnished – 2.000 boxes
Vegas Robaina Short Robaina ER Andorra – Minutos – Boxes of 25 – 2.000 boxes
Juan Lopez Don Juan ER Benelux – Edmundo – SLB 25 – 2.000 boxes
Ramon Allones Short Perfectos ER Italy – Petit Piramides – SBN 10 – 5.000 boxes
La Flor de Cano Siboney ER Canada – Minutos – SBN 25 – 2.000 boxes
Sancho Panza Eslavo ER Serbia – 109 – SLB 50 – 1.200 boxes
La Gloria Cubana Paraiso ER Caribe – Edmundo – BN 25 – 4.000 boxes
Of note, Cuban Cigar Website lists the Bosphorus, a release for Turkey, as a Belinda vitola, as opposed to Bolívar, which is what was listed at Friends of Habanos.
The Diplomáticos Bushido, La Gloria Cubana Paraiso, Por Larrañaga Sobresalientes, Ramón Allones 898 and Ramón Allones Perfectos were leaked earlier this year by other sources.
It’s unclear whether this will be a complete list, although 15 cigars would be more than were part of the 2012 and 2013 series.
The Edición Regional creates unique limited vitolas for its distributors. Sizes must be those that are in the Habanos S.A. portfolio but not amongst the regular production offerings for the brand, although some discontinued regular sizes can be created. New vitolas created for a certain brand are also not eligible to be used. In addition, the “global” brands—i.e. Cohiba, H. Upmann, Hoyo de Monterrey, José L. Piedra, Montecristo, Partagás and Romeo y Julieta—are not eligible to be made into an Edición Regional.
Since 2012, distributors have been limited to a single release per year, a change from prior years when some distributors would receive multiple releases per year. Distributors are the ones to initiate the idea of a new release, and the cost for any new Edición Regional must be underwritten by the distributor. There is no guarantee that any particular region will get a new release in a given year.
Each new Edición Regional release must also have at least 25,000 cigars produced as part of the initial run. Should there be enough demand for a second batch, that can be arranged as well.
Because Habanos S.A. does not publicly confirm each release and many do not arrive in stores until the subsequent year, it’s unlikely the quoted list will be finalized until later this year. Edición Regional releases generally begin showing up between August and October, though that is more of a guideline that a rule.