The newest Edición Regional exclusive cigar for the country of Lebanon is being released later this month.

That cigar is the Juan López Adon, a robusto extra measuring 5 1/8 inches (130mm) long with a ring gauge of 55. According to Walid Saleh, ceo at Phoenicia T.A.A. Cyprus Ltd., the name Adon was inspired by Adonis, the god of beauty and attraction in Greek mythology. Phoenicia T.A.A. Cyprus Ltd. is the distributor of Cuban cigars in Lebanon and much of the Middle East.

This will be the 12th regional release from Habanos S.A. for Lebanon, with the most recent being the Ramón Allones Phoenicio 40 that was shipped in 2021.

Habanos S.A. offers the Edición Regional program to its various distributors around the world. Each year, distributors can select one cigar to be commissioned for their region, though there have been exceptions when some distributors have been able to select more than one. Those cigars must come from a brand that was not part of the company’s former “Global Brands”—such as Cohiba, H. Upmann, Montecristo, Partagás, Romeo y Julieta, etc.—and must be a size currently not offered in that specific brand.

Edición Regional cigars are signified by a secondary red and silver band that reads Edición Regional followed typically by the name of the region represented by that specific distributor. Oftentimes the cigars do not arrive at stores during the year they are selected for, sometimes, they ship multiple years later.

In an email, Saleh told halfwheel that the Adon is scheduled to be sold for the first time during a March 18 event with 150 guests attending in Byblos, Lebanon, the area where Adonis was said to have been killed when he was gored by a wild boar. Last week, the company held an event for the cigar at the Gran Packard Hotel in Havana, but the cigars were not sold then.

The Adon was originally announced as part of the 2021 Edición Regional releases and is limited to 10,000 individually numbered boxes of 20 cigars, with each box priced at $550.

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I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.