Habanos S.A. is reaching into its aging rooms to pull out a pair of new cigars for the debut of Habanos Añejados, a new collection of cigars that have been aged in Cuba for between five and eight years before being released to the market in the first quarter of 2015.
The line will debut with two new vitolas, the Romeo y Julieta Píramides Añejados and the Montecristo Churchills Añejados.
The Romeo y Julieta Píramides is just over 6 1/10 inches long (156mm) with a 52 ring gauge, while the Montecristo Churchills Añejados measures a touch over seven inches long (178mm) and has a 47 ring gauge. Both come in 25-count dress boxes that will add an Añejados sticker, while each individual cigar will wear a secondary band that denotes they are part of the Habanos Añejados line.
Additionally, the bottom of each box will be stamped with the month and year that the cigars were made, as well as with a stamp that says “Revisado,” meaning checked in English, since all of the boxes have been opened and all the cigars have been checked one by one.
In a press release, Habanos S.A. said that because of the aging process, the cigars retain many of their original characteristics but have become “rounder and mellower to the palate” while adding touches of wood because of the longer exposure to the cedar boxes that they are placed in while resting. The cigars rest in the same boxes in which they will arrive at retail, though the artwork does not get applied until just before shipping.
Pricing for the Habanos Añejados line has not been announced yet.
A similar program was unveiled in December 2011 during the 21st Encuentro de Amigos de Partagás, or Meeting of the Friends of Partagás, when a selection of aged cigars was released into the Cuban market: Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de Dieux from 2003, El Rey del Mundo Coronas de Luxe, from 2001, 2007 Partagás Petit Coronas, 2007 Hoyo de Monterrey Doble Coronas and 2004 Vegas Robaina Don Alejandro.