Status Rafael Gonzalez is a current pre-revolution brand, introduced in circa 1928. Production ceased in the early 1960s but recommenced in 1965. It is classified by Habanos SA as a local brand, and has a minor market share.
Generally The range comprises mild strength cigars using tobacco from the premium Vuelta Abajo region.
Releases Current production consists of three handmade cigars (one being a short-filler handmade). Rafael Gonzalez cigars were included in the 1999 release of the Siglo XXI Humidor.
History Around c1985 Joseph Samuel & Sons of the UK reparked several cigars and sold them as Vitolas: B, C, E, G, & H.
Standard Band A c1970s to c2010 -- Discontinued Not embossed
Standard Band B c2010 on -- Current Darker band, with Habana Cuba to sides of band - Embossed
Cigarritos - a current production size Conicales - a discontinued production size Coronas Extra - a current production size Coronas Lonsdales - a discontinued production size Lonsdales - a current production size Panetelas - a current production size Panetelas Extra - a current production size Petit Coronas - a current production size Slenderellas - a current production size Très Petit Lonsdales - a current production size Conicales
Handmade & machine-made.
Numbered Special Humidor of 2000 cigars comprising 20 brands (21 made).
A 1999 release. 1999-01-01
Free-standing electronic (temperature & humidity controlled) humidor made to commemorate the Millennium. It contains 20 brands and 2,000 cigars.