An upcoming Edición Regional for the United Kingdom will pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
The El Rey del Mundo La Reina, which translates to the King of the World The Queen, is an El Rey del Mundo lancero, 7 9/16 (192mm) x 38 made at the famed El Laguito factory, best known for creating Cohiba.
C.Gars Ltd, a British retailer, has listed the cigar for sale at £824.99 ($1,048) for a box of 24 and says the cigar will be available on July 4.
A representative for Hunters & Frankau, the U.K.’s distributor for Cuban cigars, said a formal announcement will be made next week.
In 2005, Habanos S.A. introduced a new series of limited production releases that would eventually become to be known as Edición Regional (Regional Edition). The program took regular Habanos S.A. brands and gave their regional distributors special sizes that aren’t part of the respective brand’s regular production line-up. In some cases, like the Bolivar Gold Medals, Habanos S.A. gave specific distributors sizes that had been discontinued, but most are sizes that have never been available for that brand prior. There’s one major exception to the rule and that would be perhaps the most famous ER, the Edmundo Dantés El Conde 109, which is an ER available for Mexico that is related to the Montecristo brand, but is largely its own brand.
The first Edición Regionals didn’t feature the red and silver secondary bands that read “Exclusivo (Region Name)” that has become synonymous with the ER releases.
While the cigar is slated to be released this year, it seems like it was originally slated to be part of the 2018 Edición Regional program.
This will be the second El Rey del Mundo Edición Regional for the U.K. following the Choix de L’Epoque, a 2009 release.
Update (June 17, 2019) — Added more info. This story was originally published on March 12, 2019.