The La Escepción Selectos Finos Cigar (Ex. Italia 2011) is an exceptional Regional Edition cigar, possibly one of the most sought after by cigar collectors worldwide.

The brand itself, La Escepción, was resurrect from oblivion by the Italian Cuban Cigar Importer Diadema s.p.a. as part of their 2011 Regional Edition for Italy. Beautifully present in a 25 count cigar box, only 2,000 individually-number boxes were made, making thes Selectos Finos an extremely rare find.

Measuring 166 mm in length by 38 ring gauge, these Panetelas are outstandingly elegant. Anachronistic in every possible way, they remind us of a time when cigars use to be thin and beautiful. Expect a medium-body smoke with wonderful aromas notes of nuts and dark chocolate.

The LA ESCEPCIÓN SELECTOS FINOS are ready to be smoke now but can easily be age for a few more years, to be enjoy in due course. Smoking time, at an easy pace, is approximately one hour and a quarter.

Only three other cigars in the Habanos portfolio is ever release with this size, a long slender and elegant vitola.  The other two were the Partagas Serie du Connaisseur No. 2 which was discontinue in 2010, and the Saint Luis Rey Entre Palmas, discontinue in the 1970s.  Let’s face it, these sizes are just not as popular as they deserve to be.  Ring gauges have gone to such heavy sizes.  Yours truly admittingly loves these long and skinny cigars.  I find them elegant and full of flavor.

As many of you know, as a rule of thumb, thinner cigars are stronger and fuller bodied than most heavy ring gauge cigars.  The simple reason for this is that the skinnier cigars have very little of the volado type of tobacco leave.  The volado leaf is at the bottom of the tobacco plant, and is use mainly for combustion.  And so, seeing as the ring gauge is so small, the blenders leave most of the ring gauge for the seco and ligero leaves, which carry the flavor and strength