Every Cuaba is made in the distinctive shape known as double figurado, the style that at the end of the 19th Century was all the rage for Havanas. A century later, in 1996, this rich tradition was revived at the Romeo y Julieta factory.
Double figurados are at the pinnacle of the cigar maker’s art and for this alone they merit a place in every cigar enthusiast’s collection.
At the start Cuaba offered just four comparatively small sizes. However since 2003 three much larger vitolas, the Distinguido, the Salomon and the Diadema, have been released as part of the standard range.
Cuaba, like Cohiba, is a Taino Indian word dating back to the time of Columbus. It was their name for a highly combustible bush, which the Indians used to light their ‘cohibas’.
All sizes contain a medium to full flavoured blend of filler and binder leaves from the Vuelta Abajo zone and are Tripa Larga, Totalmente a Mano – long filler, totally hand made.
Flavour: Medium to Full
VITOLA: Petit Bouquet
RING GAUGE: 43
LENGTH: 4 inches
Strictly speaking this is a ‘perfecto’ size not a double figurado because the cigar’s head is rounded not pointed. It has a particular intensity of taste that makes it the perfect accompaniment to a morning espresso.
RING GAUGE: 42
LENGTH: 4 3/4 inches
A particularly elegant, slender double figurado shape that was the size and shape of most of the Havanas smoked during the second half of the 19th century. Enjoy an encounter with the past when you light up this cigar.
RING GAUGE: 46
LENGTH: 5 3/4 inches
This was the largest of Cuaba’s original sizes when it was introduced at a glittering dinner at Claridge’s Hotel in London in 1996.
RING GAUGE: 57
LENGTH: 7 1/4 inches
A size rediscovered in the 1990s, Salomones have become a signature shape for those who like large formats. The Cuaba version is your most reliable way to access this prized size.
RING GAUGE: 52
LENGTH: 6 3/8 inches
The Cuaba Distinguidos are perfect material for the novice double figurado smoker. Lighter in essence than most, the Distinguidos are manageable yet tasteful.