Habanos Regional Edition (Edición Regional) Series.
Since 2005, Habanos SA has released the Regional Edition (Edición Regional) Series. The phenomenal success of the German 5th Avenue Gold Medal release in 2004 is considered by many as the real initiating factor to the Regional Release series.
Initially, the worldwide Global & Niche brands were excluded from this series, but in 2007 a "Montecristo" was released in Mexico under the Edmundo Dante brand name.
The Regional Edition (ER) cigars are special limited-production cigars made for specific regional markets on a (normally) once-off basis and are available for a 1 or 2 year period. After this, the cigar can be considered by Habanos for inclusion in the current production range. Each release is initiated by the Regional Distributor, who underwrites the setup costs. Some distributors elect to reissue in the second year. Reissue cigars are identical but the box leaflet has a statement "Its great acceptance encourages us to present this edition again.....".
The cigars may be new vitolas or reinstated old vitolas. The cigars normally have two bands. The main band is normally standard production but can be a modified or old replica band. The second band is a uniform regional edition band (red & silver) printed with the word "Exclusivo" and the Region Name (in Spanish). The 2005 UK release only had a single band.
The Spanish region names are as follows: (incomplete)
• Alemania - Germany
• Asia Pacifico - Asia Pacific
• Benelux - Belgium
• Canadá - Canada
• España - Spain
• Francia - France
• Medio Oriente - Middle East
• Mexico- Mexico
• Reino Unido - United Kingdom
Chronological Regional Edition (Edición Regional) series releases:
2005 RE This first year had 5 releases.
• Italy - Punch - Superfinos
• Italy - Ramon Allones - Seleccion Suprema
• Switzerland - Ramon Allones - Eminencia
• Switzerland - Punch - Robustos
• UK - Ramon Allones - Belicoso
2006 RE This year had 6 new releases.
• Asia Pacific - Punch - Super Robusto
• Asia Pacific - Ramon Allones - Estupendo
• France - Bolivar - Libertadores
• France - Juan Lopez - Obus
• Germany - Por Larranaga - Lonsdales
• Germany - Bolivar - Colosales
2007 RE This year had 8 new releases.
• Asia Pacific - Por Larranaga - Robusto
• Baltic States - El Rey del Mundo - Vikingos
• Belgium - Ramon Allones - Specially Selected Gran Robusto
• Canada - Bolivar - Simones
• Middle East - Bolivar - Double Coronas
• Spain - Vegas Robaina - Maestros
• UK - Por Larranaga - Magnificos
• Mexico - Montecristo Edmundo Dantes - El Conde 109
2008 RE This year 17 new releases are proposed.
• Arab Emirates - Punch - Robusto
• Asia Pacific - Bolivar - Shorts
• Asia Pacific - Por Larranaga - Belicosos Extra
• Caribbean - Juan Lopez - Petit Piramides
• Caribbean - La Gloria Cubana - Marshall
• France - Bolivar - Petit Libertador
• France - Ramon Allones - Especial
• Hong Kong - Bolivar - Harmony
• Italy - El Rey del Mundo - Especiales
• Italy - Punch - Diadema
• Middle East - Ramon Allones - Phoenicios
• Portugal - Vegas Robaina - Petit Robusto
• Spain - Ramon Allones - Grandes
• Switzerland - Bolivar - Legendarios
• Switzerland - Juan Lopez - Maximo
• United Kingdom - Punch - Piramides
• United Kingdom - La Gloria Cubana - Gloriosos
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