Old Cubatobaco price list of Cuban cigars available in Spain in 1978. Some of them make us dream : Cifuentes, La Escepcion, Partagas, Upmann, Maria Guerrero, Montecristo, just have a look.
Cubatabaco : Abbreviation of Empresa Cubana del Tabaco, is the Cuban tobacco company. It was created in 1962 after the nationalization of the Cuban tobacco industry by the socialist government of Fidel Castro.
She managed all the production and distribution of Cuban tobacco products both locally and internationally until 1994. On that date the company Habanos S.A. was created to export cigars and cigarettes all over the world.
In 2001 the production decame the responsibility of a new entity called Tabacuba.
Cubatabaco currently owns the names of Cuban cigars brands.
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Maria Guerrero is a Cuban brand created in 1930* by José Rodriguez Fernández « Don Pepin » (owner of the Roméo Y Julieta factory). Its name is a tribute to a famous Spanish actress.
Maria Guerrero has become a sister brand to Roméo Y Julieta. At the time of the revolution, the brand had 25 vitolas**.
According to a 1969 catalog there were at least 9 references, 8 in 1971, and only 2 (machine made) in 1976, including the Favoritas in Cedro. The brand still appears in a price list from 1981 but no longer in the Cubataco catalog from 1983.
These Maria Guerrero were made shortly before the 60s and discontinued in the early 80s.
The Favoritas en Cedro is a machine-made Petit Corona 40 x 125 (4.9″) individually wrapped in a cedar leaf and presented in a « dress box » of 25 cigars. Packaging similar to that seen on Coronitas en Cedro or Cedros de Luxe at Roméo Y Julieta.
Box from 1968
A few rings illustrating the rich past of the brand.
You can find here a video of tasting of this cigar published on 05/01/2018 by Dave DUDE.