Arguably the Rolls-Royce of cigar brands with a world renowned smooth style. A special third fermentation of the filler leaves, in wooden barrels, aims to produce a smoother flavour than in other cigars.
Formally launched in 1968 after one of Fidel Castro's bodyguards allowed the leader to try his 'private supply'. During the first few years of 'commercial' production only a few thousand boxes were produced annually, reserved for the use of high government officials and frequently given away as diplomatic gifts.
Launched as a premium cigar brand into markets outside of the USA in 1982.
In 1992 Habanos SA launched the first sizes in what it calls the Línea 1492, commemorating Christopher Columbus and his voyage to the Americas, with each size named for a century since Columbus' discovery. The initial launch included the Siglo I, Siglo II, Siglo III, Siglo IV, and Siglo V, with a Siglo VI added in 2002.
The Siglo II is just over 5 inches long (130mm) and is aproximately a 30 minute smoke (according to our resident puffer).