The Cohiba Ideales, the newest and priciest Cuban Cohiba, has been released in the United Kingdom.

The cigar is a beefy vitola that measures 6 9/10 inches (175mm) with a 56 ring gauge, a new double robusto vitola that is known as Modernas. The cigar comes with an official price of £400 ($509.23) per cigar and £8,000 ($10,186) for a box of 20 cigars. However, retailers have listed these for more than that, with one offering them online for £650 ($827.59) for a single cigar.

Each cigar wears three bands: the main Cohiba band, the Colección Habanos foot band that debuted in 2020, and the secondary Cohiba 55 Aniversario band that marks the 55th anniversary of Cohiba, which occurred in 2021. Like the other releases in the Colección Habanos series, those boxes are designed to look like classic hardcover books. Production is limited to 3,000 boxes of 20 cigars, with DECUBA Arte en Madera of Havana is credited with making the boxes.

The Cohiba Ideales had originally been slated as a 2021 release, when it was announced in May 2021 during the Habanos World Days virtual event.

The Colección Habanos series is a loose collection of limited edition cigars, most of which have been fairly large cigars that have been sold in boxes designed to look like books. Since 2001, the company has created one new cigar each year, an entirely unique cigar that is packaged in books. One year saw an exception to that process, as in 2011 Habanos S.A. rereleased the first 10 cigars to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Colección Habanos, meaning the Ideales is only the 18th different cigar. This is only the second time Cohiba has been used for a Colección Habanos release following the Sublimes Extra, which was released in 2008 and then included in the 2011 rerelease.

Images courtesy of Habanos S.A.

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