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In China, The Hunt For Smuggling Is Open

4 June 2024

Since the start of the year, Chinese customs have dismantled at least four contraband cigar resale networks. For a few millions of euros value.   Régis Besko   For most aficionados, China is a blamed country. Notably because it is supposed to siphon off an already bloodless Cuban cigar market and would therefore increase the scarcity of vitolas. And the
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BREAKING Habanos SA pushes on independent distributors: fewer cigars for Switzerland, Asia and the Middle East

30 April 2024

Distributors not fully owned by Habanos expect deliveries to be down 30 to 50% compared to last year.   According to our sources, several Havana distributors which are not 100% owned by Habanos SA have been informed that their deliveries would be significantly reduced from this year. The Havana-based group has decided to favor distributors which are 100% under Cuban
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EXCLUSIVE Habanos S.A. will not take part to Intertabac Dortmund 2024

18 April 2024

The Sino-Cuban group has decided to skip the world’s largest trade show dedicated to tobacco.   According to our sources, Habanos S.A. has decided not to participate in the 2024 Intertabac trade-fair which will take place in Dortmund (Germany) from September 19 to 21. Despite the supply problems it has been experiencing since the pandemic, the Sino-Cuban group had maintained
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Partagás Línea Maestra: the first boxes appear in Cuba

13 March 2024

Exactly one year after their presentation at the Festival del Habano 2023, some cigars from the Partagás premium line arrived in the cigar shops in Cuba, the first country to market them.     Boxes of the Partagás Línea Maestra went on sale in Cuban La Casa del Habano during the Habano Festival 2024 and the week that followed. A
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Min Ron Nee: death of a legendary collector

12 March 2024

The author of the “bible” of vintage Havanas died on Saturday March 9. Min Ron Nee’s signature appearing at the bottom of the preface to his book (© DR) Min Ron Nee, cigar collector and author of An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Post-Revolution Havana Cigars, a reference book for fans of vintage Havana Cigars, died this Saturday, March 9. L’Amateur de
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EXCLUSIVE – Xiaohong Hu, the woman who bought the Cohiba humidor for €4.5 million

5 March 2024

L’Amateur de Cigare reveals the identity and functions of the woman who bought the Cohiba humidor for €4.5 million this Friday March 1 in Havana. Xiaohong Hu at a reception at the Kempinski Hotel on Saturday, March 2, the day after the XXIVth Habanos Festival.   Xiaohong Hu, chairman of the Chinese media group ZSHK, is not only the proud
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Annie Lorenzo, Managing Editor of L’Amateur de Cigare wins the 2023 Habano Award

2 March 2024

Annie Lorenzo, Managing Editor of L’Amateur de Cigare, received the 2023 Habano Award in the Communication category this Friday March 1 in Cuba. Annie Lorenzo is part of the team that founded the French magazine in 1994, exactly 30 years ago, under the leadership of Jean-Paul Kauffmann, also winner of the Habano Award in 1999. This year, the other two
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No, the Asian market has not hoovered up all the habanos!

9 February 2024

Dag Holmboe, CEO of The Pacific Cigar Company, exclusive distributor of Cuban cigars in Asia, denies the rumors. And confirms that the shortage of Havanas is global. Excerpts from the interview he gave us in L’Amateur de Cigare English edition #16, currently available for subscribers.   Interview by Jean-Pascal Grosso, our special correspondent in Hong Kong   L’Amateur de Cigare:
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The Bolivar Regentes LE 2021 finally presented to the public

17 January 2024

Announced more than three years ago by Habanos S.A., this 2021 Limited Edition will be launched in London on February 7.   Third and last limited edition 2021 after the Cohiba 55 Aniversario and the Hoyo de Monterrey Monterreyes Nº 4, the Bolívar Regentes, announced for more than three years, will be officially launched at London’s Boisdale Canary Wharf on
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Diplomáticos Leal, the 7th regional edition for the Cuban domestic market

19 December 2023

200 guests discovered this new vitola reserved for the Cuban domestic market on December 8 in Havana. Named in honor of Eusebio Leal, historian of the city of Havana who died in July 2020, this new cigar from the Diplomáticos brand (140 mm x 54, duke) was presented during an event at the Parque Central Hotel in the presence of
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Cuban cigars: “difficulties will continue”, warns French distributor

12 October 2023

In a letter sent to French cigar shops on September 29, Coprova does not see any improvement in supplies.   “The latest information received from our supplier [Habanos SA, editor’s note] indicates to us that difficulties relating to availability will continue to affect the various Habanos markets around the world,” write Enrique Babot and Antoine Bathie, co-general managers of Coprova,
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The Bolivar New Gold Medal and the Ramon Allones No. 3 arrive in Canada

10 October 2023

These two new features are coming to local cigar shops.   The mid-week party at the 2023 Habanos festival included much frenzy over the Bolivar New Gold Medal. Many of us in Canada were wondering how that release would make it to our shops, seeing as the plain packaging is in full force and the cigar’s allure is the beautiful
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The Por Larrañaga 47 RE UK to be launched in 47 venues throughout the country

5 October 2023

A multi-site event for a churchill reserved for the UK market. The Por Larrañaga Larrañaga 47 regional edition United Kingdom 2021 will be launched on November 1st during 47 simultaneous events organized in cigar shops and other cigar-friendly venues in the UK selected by Hunters & Frankau, the exclusive Habanos distributor. The synchronized events will begin at the same time
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A new Romeo y Julieta premiered in Germany

3 September 2023

The Romeo y Julieta Cupidos (LCDH exclusive) was launched this Saturday, September 2 in a world preview during Habanos Day organized at Bückeburg Castle, Germany.   Announced during the XXIII Festival del Habano in February 2023 (without any samples being distributed), the Romeo y Julieta Cupidos was officially launched in Germany this Saturday, September 2, on the occasion of the
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Two new Habanos cigars available in Switzerland on Tuesday August 8

7 August 2023

The Bolivar New Gold Medal and the La Gloria Cubana Turquinos will be available tomorrow, Tuesday August 8, at the Casas del Habano stores in the Swiss Confederation. The Bolivar New Gold Medal (165 mm x 48, LCDH exclusive) and the La Gloria Cubana Turquinos (141 mm x 50) were presented to the public during the XXIII Festival del Habano,
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