For the third consecutive year, General Cigar’s Cohiba brand will be releasing its Cohiba Edición Diamante blend. This year’s addition includes an all-new “A” size vitola as well as a release of the 6 x 60 Gigante frontmark. These new frontmarks were showcased at the 2013 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas.
The Cohiba Edición Diamonte line made its debut at the 2011 IPCPR Trade Show. For that year, the brand a special chest humidor aimed for serious cigar collectors. The humidor contained what was a new blend called the Cohiba Edición Diamante. This offering was geared at serious cigar collectors. In addition to coming in the humidor, the cigar itself featured a rare Cameroon wrapper that had been aging since 1980. The Cohiba Edición Diamante chest humidor came with six different vitolas of 25 cigars each. With only 100 humidors produced and each humidor carrying an SRP of $4,125.00, this was a cigar that would truly be a difficult one to obtain.
In 2012, the Cohiba Edición Diamonte would return as the Robusto and Toro frontmarks were released. For this release, the cigars were more readily available as they were packaged in coffin boxes (Robusto) and glass tubes (Toro)
For 2013, Cohiba is introducing an all new vitola into the series. This vitola will be a Churchill-size “A” frontmark measuring 8 1/4 x 49. The cigar will be packaged in an individual wooden tube.
|Tube for the Cohiba Edición Diamonte “A”|
|Packaging for the Cohiba Edición Diamonte “A”|
The 6 x 60 Gigante will be returning for 2013. This was one of the sizes that was made available in the 2011 Humidor release. These cigars will be packaged in individual wood coffins.
|Cohiba Edición Diamonte Gigante Coffin packaging|
Both the Cohiba Edición Diamante “A” and Gigante are scheduled for an August, 2013 release. Allocation number have not been published although from the packaging of the Gigante vitola it appears that 2013 boxes (numbered) of ten cigars are being produced.
The Cohiba Edición Diamonte 2012 Robusto scored a 91 on Cigar Coop back in October, 2012.
As mentioned, the blend for the Cohiba Edición Diamante 2012 is the same as last years. The highlight is the rare Cameroon wrapper from 1980. In last years’s press release for the Cohiba Edición Diamante says about this wrapper: “Enrobed in a precious Cameroon wrapper tobacco from the 1980 crop, Cohiba Edición Diamante boasts one of the most extraordinary leaves ever cultivated. In the past three decades since this outstanding tobacco was harvested, these rarified leaves have been nurtured and masterfully handcrafted.
Wrapper: 1980 Cameroon
Binder: Indonesian Jember
Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano (Proprietary)
These are the Cohiba Edición Diamonte offerings for 2013:
A: 8 1/4 x 49
Gigante: 6 x 60
These were the offerings for the 2012 release:
Robusto: 5 x 50
Toro: 6 x 54
For the 2011 release, these were the six frontmarks made available:
Robusto: 5 x 49
Corona Especiale: 6 1/2 x 42
Lonsdale Grande: 6 1/4 x 47
Toro: 6 x 54
Churchill: 7 x 49
Gigante: 6 x 60
It is worth noting that the robusto size for 2011 is listed as 5 x 49 while the robusto size for 2012 is listed as 5 x 50.