The world of premium cigars is abuzz with the imminent arrival of the most luxurious and expensive Partagás ever created – the Cuban Partagás Gran Reserva. This exquisite cigar, the Partagás Serie E No. 2 Gran Reserva, embodies a blend of exceptionally aged tobaccos, offering aficionados a rich and rare smoking experience. The release of these limited-edition cigars is highly anticipated, with Switzerland being the next destination to receive them.
The Partagás Serie E No. 2, a distinguished member of the Partagás Alphabet Series, is easily identifiable by its simple red band, setting it apart from the core Partagás line. Measuring 5 1/2 inches in length with a 54-ring gauge, this cigar has been notable since its introduction in 2011. The Gran Reserva designation is a testament to its exclusive nature, indicating that the cigars are crafted from vintage tobacco aged to perfection, specifically from the 2015 harvest. This extensive aging process naturally escalates the price, making the Serie E No. 2 Gran Reservas one of the most sought-after and expensive cigars in the market. Priced at 275 Swiss francs each (approximately $306), or 4,124 Swiss francs per 15-count box (around $4,600), they are the most abundant Partagás release to date.
The Reserva and Gran Reserva program, initiated in the early 2000s by Habanos S.A., focuses on producing cigars from specific, vintage harvests aged for an extended period. Gran Reservas, including this latest Partagás release, boasts a five-year aging process for their tobacco, while the Reservas contain tobacco aged for three years. The Partagás brand has previously released other notable cigars under this program, such as the Partagás Serie D No. 4 Reserva and the Partagás Lusitania Gran Reserva.
Although Switzerland is not the first country to receive the Partagás Serie E No. 2 Gran Reservas this year, and certainly not the last, it is one of the exclusive locations for these cigars. They have already made their way to markets like Germany and Spain, with other regions, including the U.K., eagerly awaiting their arrival. For those seeking a slightly less expensive option, the cigars are available in Spain and Germany at a suggested retail price of 210 euros (about $222), still significantly higher than the regular-production Serie E No. 2s, which are priced at 22 euros in Germany (approximately $23.25).
The production of the Partagás Serie E No. 2 Gran Reservas is limited to only 5,000 boxes, making them a rare gem in cigars. This exclusivity, combined with their exquisite quality, positions them as a must-have for collectors and connoisseurs alike eager to experience the pinnacle of Cuban cigar craftsmanship.
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