The Partagás Serie E No.2 Gran Reserva Cosecha 2015 will go on sale in Germany this week.
Like other Gran Reserva and Reserva releases—arguably the flagship series of Cuban cigars—it is a special, aged version of a regular production cigar. In this case, that cigar is the Partagás Serie E No.2, a 5 1/2 (140mm) x 54 robusto extra size known as the duke within the Cuban vitola naming system.
In Germany, pricing has been set at €210 ($225.15 USD) per cigar or €3,150 per box according to 5th Avenue Products Trading GmbH, the distributor of Cuban cigars in Germany.
Each year, Habanos S.A. selects a single regular production cigar from one of its largest brands to be designated as a Gran Reserva or Reserva. Currently, Gran Reservas are selected for odd-numbered years and Reservas in even-numbered years though recently the cigars have not been shipped in the year they were announced. For example, the Partagás was announced in 2021. For a Gran Reserva release, Habanos S.A. says the tobaccos are aged for five years before rolling. In the case of the Partagás Serie E No.2 Gran Reserva, the tobacco came from cosecha 2015, the 2015 harvest.
Gran Reservas are designated by special packaging: the cigars feature a gold-on-black secondary band and come in high gloss black lacquer boxes of 15 cigars. Like other Gran Reservas, the Partagás Serie E No.2 Gran Reserva Cosecha 2015 is limited to 5,000 boxes of 15 cigars.
Update (March 22, 2023) — The original version of this story incorrectly stated the price; it is €220.