Only about 5000 of each have been or will be made.


Limited edition Maduro cigars from Partagas, Cohiba and Romeo y Julieta.
They are distinguished by the double banding - a black and gold "Edición Limitada" band in addition to the usual name band.

The wrappers are dark and oily. Although much sought-after by seasoned smokers, cigars of this colour have been hard to find. Their recent appearance is due to a decision taken in the summer of 2000 by Habanos and UNETA (the company responsible for tobacco growing and cigar production in Cuba) to use a stock of wrappers taken from the top, or corona, leaves from the 1997/98 harvest. These leaves have not been used for many years in the production of top quality Havanas, and they are best for making maduro cigars. Because of the fashion for dark cigars that is sweeping the USA, and because the leaves have been aged for over two years, the Cuban industry decided to use them.
Only about 5000 of each have been or will be made.

(Prices are per cigar in a glass tube)

The cigars, now available in the shops, are:
Cohiba Piramides Limited Edition
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(Torpedo - Ringsize 52 x 156mm)
R246.00 . .

Romeo y Julieta Robusto Limited Edition
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(Robusto - Ringsize 50 x 124mm)
52-RJRobLtd1 R121.00

Partagas Serie D #3 Limited Edition

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(Corona Extra - Ringsize 46 x 143mm) 52-PartSD3Ltd1 R142.50
"Wonderful flavour and finish. A cigar for the connoisseur to follow a meal."
Theo Rudman - Rudman's Complete Pocket Guide to Cigars (Fourth Edition)

Comparisons can be interesting - try this 3-pack:

Corona Extra - pack of 3 in glass tubes 52-SelLtdComp3 R320.00

Romeo y Julieta Exhibicion No.3
Rafael Gonzales Corona Extra
Partagas Serie D #3 Limited Edition (Maduro)

Background - The Maduro Cigar
After curing, suspended in barns for about 7 weeks, cigar leaf is placed in piles to undergo a fermentation process during which the temperature rises, the leaf becomes more mellow, the colour deepens, and nicotine, tar, ammonia and other impurities are reduced. The temperature is carefully monitored, and the process is halted before 160°F for normal leaf; possibly only 90°F for delicate wrapper leaf. The pile is cooled and turned for a second fermentation, and then the leaf may be aged for 6-36 months. To achieve a Maduro requires a fermentation temperature in excess of 165°F, and the result is a rich deep brown wrapper with intensified flavour, and a cigar that is often incredibly slow burning, mellow and mild.

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