Partagas 150 Signature Series
In 1995, General Cigar Co. released the Partagas 150 Signature Series to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Partagás brand in Cuba. The Partagas 150 Signature Series cigar used a very special 1977 vintage 18 year old Cameroon wrapper at the time, which means it is now 38 years old! The Partagas 150 Signature Series got its reputation from this very rare and expensive Cameroon wrapper leaf that was aged in a Spanish tobacco warehouse. The cigar had a Mexican binder and a vintage filler blend of Mexican and Dominican tobaccos. It instantly became acquired by collectors and was hailed in 1995 as the first cigar that could compete with the most famous and legendary Cubans.
Anthony's Cigar Emporium has obtained original Partagas 150 Signature Series that were released in 1995 from two private collectors that have maintained them in perfect condition. There have been some extremely limited re-releases by General Cigar Co. over the years since from a small supply that have remained in its factory. There was a 150 count humidor that contained 150 Partagas 150 Signature Series formats A, B, C released in 2013 at $9,999 and unnumbered 10 ct. Don Ramon boxes released in 2014 at $1,500. Unlike the re-releases, the original 1995 releases were packaged in exquisite cedar cabinet boxes with the handwritten name and signature of the roller. The rare Don Ramon 10 count boxes were packaged in individual coffins bearing the signature of Don Ramón Cifuentes in a numbered wooden box that resembles an old book.
Only a total of 1 million Partagas 150 Signature Series cigars were rolled in 1995, with the Don Ramon being the rarest with only 10,000 produced and packaged in 10 count boxes numbered from 1 to 1,000. Just a limited amount of boxes of Partagas 150 Signature Series still exist and they will never be produced again. These cigars are mostly in the hands of private collectors and not traditionally available for purchase. For the collector or cigar aficionado who seeks the honor of possessing these rare treasures, Anthony's Cigar Emporium is offering the Partagas 150 Signature Series from the original 1995 release in boxes and singles for sale at competitive prices given the scarcity and collectability of these cigars.
About Don Ramón Cifuentes:
During the time of the Cuban Revolution, Don Ramón Cifuentes was the patriarch of the Cifuentes family that owned and produced the Partagás brand since 1900. After the 1960 revolution, a newly formed government marketing agency, Cubatabaco, took over the Real Fabrica de Tabacos Partagás factory and the production of the brand. Don Ramón Cifuentes was offered the job of leading the tobacco industry of all of Cuba given his reputation and expertise, but he refused and instead emigrated from the country penniless after owning one of the world's most prestigious cigar brand. In the early 1960s Ramón Cifuentes began working for General Cigar in the Connecticut River Valley. The Dominican Partagás brand was not launched until the late 1970s because it took that long for U.S. courts to decide that Ramón Cifuentes was the rightful owner of the brand in the United States and the Dominican Republic. Ramón Cifuentes licensed the Partagás name to General Cigar, which in 1978 obtained a trademark and relaunched the storied Partagás brand for the lucrative American market with Don Ramón Cifuentes at the helm. Don Ramón Cifuentes died in 2000 at the age of 91.
There were eight formats produced in the original 1995 release.
Don Ramon: 7 x 52 Churchill
AA: 7 1/2 x 49 Double Corona
A: 6 3/4 x 43 Lonsdale
B: 6 1/4 x 47 Corona
C: 5 1/2 x 49 Robusto Extra
D: 5 x 38 Petit Corona
Robusto: 4 1/2 x 49
Figuardo: 6 x 50
Anthony's Cigar Emporium has complete boxes of the Partagas 150 Signature Series Don Ramon, Robusto, and AA available. Singles are available in the Don Ramon, Robusto, A, B, and AA. These cigars are extremely fragile. Anthony's has inspected them to ensure that the wrappers are intact.