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DARK, OILY AND '92' RATED!
The highest-rated of all the illustrious HC Series releases, the Habano lives up to its '92' rating and then some. Crafted with tobaccos from Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Honduras, this complex recipe sports both a well-rounded profile of tasting notes and an overall balanced character, while staying surprising smooth throughout the experience. Rich with bold flavors of black pepper, chocolate and espresso, this medium to full-bodied blend pack a punch yet finishes clean and crisp.
Like many of the industry's best, Manuel "Manolo" Quesada, Jr. not only grew up in the tobacco business, but he hails from a long line of those dedicated to cigars. His family were tobacco brokers in Cuba beginning in the late 1880s; by 1960 at age 13, Manolo and his family left the island for Miami, where he attended school with his siblings while his Father established the company's new business in the Dominican Republic. In June 1974, their MATASA Factory was founded with $100 and a chair, and they eventually morphed from a family of tobacco growers to manufacturers.
After years of making cigars for both its own brands as well as other noteworthy labels, Manuel Quesada decided to mark over 40 years in the business by creating the MQ70: offered in only the Toro and Belicoso formats, respectively, production was extremely limited at 1,000 boxes per vitola. The MQ70 was blended by the man himself in an effort to satisfy his ideal palate. For this special blend, Manuel utilizes his family’s vast collection of tobaccos; showcasing a primarily Dominican blend, balanced by a touch of Nicaraguan tobacco in the filler. The wrapper is Cuban-seed Dominican and the binder Sumatra-seed Dominican.
TEN BEAUTIES FROM GURKHA!
After the successful launch of the full-bodied Gurkha Beast, it only seemed natural to introduce a cigar that would complement the theme of size and power. With this in mind, Gurkha President Kaizad Hansotia went to work on a monstrous cigar called Gurkha Beauty. Beauty starts with a 7-year-old Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper that encases a binder and filler no less than 5 years old.
The dynamic compilation of vintage tobaccos used to make each Beauty produces a creamy, medium-bodied cigar with toasty aromas. When it comes to super premium cigars that are nothing short of the best, Gurkha is king. Their innovative packaging and unprecedented access to the finest tobacco has made them a favorite for aficionados all over the world. Only a very limited number of Gurkha Beauties will be available each year, so get them while you can!