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I should start by saying that this question is coming from someone who has more knowledge of the NC world than the CC world. I am pretty new to this side. In the NC world, the same cigar is offered in different sizes - for example the Oliva Serie V is offered in Robusto, Toro, Lancero, etc and I believe it is supposed to be the same blend in different sizes. Now we all know that the vitola can have a direct affect on the taste of the cigar, but that's another conversation (I think) My question is - do Cuban marcas do this the same way? Are these the same blend in different sizes, or truly different cigars altogether? Some examples: H Upmann - you have the HUPC @ 5x42, the Regalias @ 5.06x42, the Noellas at 5.3x42, the Coronas Major @ 5.13x42 - all very similar sizes, are they different blends? Montecristo - 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 - are these all supposed to be different cigars? I smoked my first Monte #2 last night and it was nowhere near the chocolate bomb that the Monte #4 was Bolivar - the Tubo 1 is 5.5x42 and the Tubo 2 is 5.13x42 There are many other examples amongst the marcas. What say you, FOH'ers?
Do you have a box lurking somewhere in your humidor that is screaming "inconsistency" right now? (If you are a member of Camp Winnipesaukee, substitute the word humidor for coolidor or cabinet.) You know, you go to this box every month or so secretly hoping the next cigar will be fantastic. Guess what? It is, so you hope the next time will be the same. Guess what? It's not; in fact, it's crap. What is going on you ask yourself, how can I have a box that offers both sensational and pitiful cigar-smoking experiences? Do you have a box or indeed a marca that is like this right now? If so, let it all out in this thread folks! For me, right now, it's Montecristo. I have experienced this with my MAE Oct 14 Montecristo No.4 box, and less so with my AUM Jul 14 Montecristo No.5 (thankfully much less so with the Monte 5) and PMS Sep 14 Montecristo Tubos boxes lately. The Montecristo No.4 below was glorious. I enjoyed it a few days ago in the warm autumn sunshine with a martini and espresso coffee. Lashings of cocoa, coffee, cream all-in-one. The one before this was like smoking wet tobacco as punishment for not taking out the rubbish on garbage night! I feel particularly perturbed by this as Montecristo is easily one of my very favourite marcas. Do you have an inconsistent marca experience currently?
I've been thinking about starting this topic for awhile, yet was a little hesitant to list my stock count as it may be perceived as vainglorious and boastful, when in actuality I am trying to future-proof my cigar hobby as best I can against legislative changes and tax increases. After discussing with planetary how to go about getting collective data via pm, I relented and thought I would so in the best interests of our FoH cigar community. My marca breakdown is below... Cohiba - 210 or 21.3% H.Upmann - 123 or 12.4% Partagas - 115 or 11.6% Montecristo - 88 or 9% Por Larranaga - 75 or 7.6% Ramon Allones - 70 or 7.1% Trinidad - 68 or 6.9% Hoyo de Monterrey - 55 or 5.6% San Cristobal - 34 or 3.5% Diplomaticos - 29 or 2.9% La Gloria Cubana - 29 or 2.9% El Rey del Mundo - 25 or 2.5% Vegas Robaina - 25 or 2.5% Bolivar - 13 or 1.3% Cuaba - 7 or 0.7% Punch - 6 or 0.6% Romeo y Julieta - 5 or 0.5% Saint Luis Rey - 5 or 0.5% Sancho Panza - 4 or 0.4% La Flor de Cano - 2 or 0.2% I am expecting H.Upmann to be the most represented marca in your humidors, but we shall see. Certainly, I think H.Upmann, Cohiba, Partagas and Montecristo will have the highest representations. Although Habanos S.A does not publish sales figures annually, we have had some data in the past. The seven global brands, Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, Jose L.Piedra, Cohiba, Partagas, H.Upmann and Hoyo de Monterrey account for over 80% of sales (In fact, one could probably estimate that Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta and Jose L.Piedra alone account for 50%!). I believe it is pertinent to mention that although Multi-Local brands such as Bolivar and Local brands such as Ramon Allones generate probably 1 to 2% of annual sales for Habanos S.A, they would be more proportionate among cigar enthusiasts such as ourselves. The information gathered here, I think, would be interesting data for our generous host Rob (El Presidente) and Alex Groom at Cuban Cigar Website. Below are some other related topics similar to this one... Which cigars are you deepest on? Going Deep...What and Why? Best Represented Marca in Your Humi... Year to date movement by volume (2015) Finally, I'd like to thank planetary, who has graciously agreed to do an overall tally with weighted and simple averages of cigar counts and percentages.
You live in a future dystopian world where Habanos S.A. lets you have access to unlimited regular production cigars from every current marca. The only catch is that you can only choose one cigar from each. Faced with this conundrum, what are your choices? You can pick one form every marca, but no more, or you can avoid any marcas all together. Mine are... Bolivar - Petit Coronas, Cohiba - Lancero, Diplomaticos - No.2 , ERDM - Choix Supreme, H. Upp - Mag 50, HDM - des Dieux, JLP - Cazadores, Juan Lopez - Petit Coronas, LGC - MdO No.2, Monte - Especial No.1, Party - 8-9-8, Por Larry - Montecarlos, Ramon Allones - Specially Selected, RyJ - Exhibicion No.4, SLR - Regios, San Cristobal - El Principe, Trini - Fundadores, VR - Famosos