A new Edición Regional for Canada will make its debut this evening in Toronto, as the distribution company Havana House hosts its 30th anniversary celebration with a private party for Canadian tobacconists, the Cuban Ambassador and Cuban Consulate.

The Diplomáticos Nortenos Edición Regional is a 4 7/8 (124mm) x 50 ring gauge robusto, a size that is has been used dozens of times throughout Habanos S.A.’s portfolio for both regular production and limited release cigars. It appears to be the same size as the Diplomáticos Excelencia, an Edición Regional created for Cuba in 2015, as well as numerous other popular cigars such as the Cohiba Robustos, Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.2 and Partagás Serie D No.4, among others.

A total of 6,000 individually numbered boxes of 10 cigars are being produced, and while taxes differ between provinces, the cigar will retail for approximately 40 Canadian dollars in Ontario ($30.75) when it arrives at retailers. The three La Casa del Habanos locations in the country will have the cigar exclusively beginning on Thursday through Sept. 19, followed by a release to Habanos Specialist stores, who will have an exclusive on it through Oct. 3. It will then head to all remaining retailers across the country.

This marks the 10th Edición Regional release for Canada, dating back to 2007:

Wednesday’s party will also feature the Canadian debut of the Romeo y Julieta Tacos Edición Limitada 2018, which just began appearing at retailers around the world after debuting in Spain. In addition to the release of the cigars, the event will feature a performance by Yulaysi Miranda Ferrer, who has been called “The New Voice of Cuban Music.” The launch party is being held at the Island Yacht Club on Muggs Island in Toronto.

Havana House Cigar & Tobacco was founded by Thomas Hinds in 1988 and has been a leading importer and distributor of Cuban Cigar brands in Canada. It was purchased by the late Sir David Tang in 1994.

Image via Keen Directive/Havana House

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.