Since 2000, when the first four were released, Habanos SA has released a number of exceptional cigars branded with the Ediciones Limitadas band, or Limited Edition band. The Limited Edition band also states which year the cigar is from, except with the first releases in 2000.
Limited Edition Habanos are always produced by the top brands of Cuban cigars, they are created in rare or unusual sizes with a dark wrapper and use extra aged tobacco. They are then produced only in the year that they are limited to making them even more rare and collectable. The reason for the sizes being rare is the fact that they must not reproduce a size that is usually made by that specific brand. These can be sizes that have not been seen in many years, such as the Partagas Serie D No. 1 which had not been seen since the 1950’s, or they can be completely new size, such as the Cohiba Sublimes made in 2004.
The dark wrappers come from the top of shade-grown tobacco plants, these leaves then need to be fermented and aged for longer, up to 9 months for fermentation and over a year foraging. Up until 2006, the filler and binder were fermented and aged in the same way as the standard production cigars, however, they are now subject to an extra ageing process. All leaves are now a minimum of 2 years old before they are rolled by hand into the Limited Edition cigars.
This extra ageing process results in a more rounded, mellow flavour and a higher sugar content in the wrapper give it a hint of sweetness.
Until 2005, Limited Edition cigars were only made by the top 5 producers, they were: Cohiba, Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, Partagas and Hoyo de Monterrey.
After 2005, four more brands joined this exclusive group, they were: H. Upmann, Trinidad, Cuba, Bolivar and Ramon Allones.