About Sancho Panza Cigar Brand

About Sancho Panza Cigar Brand

Sancho Panza : A Brief History

Sancho Panza stands as one of the most overlooked brands of Habanos S.A’s entire
catalogue. Despite its establishment as early as 1848 by German national Don Emilio Olmstedt,
this brand has had a particularly tumultuous journey. However just like the brand’s namesake,
the scrappy and daring counterpart to Don Quixote’s adventures, the brand has survived earning
its place amongst the most revered Cubans.

Following Omstedt’s death, the brand was acquired by Salvador Perito y Cia in 1874,
before once again being purchased by the firm “Munoza Alonso” in 1898. These acquisitions
were not enough to solve the woes of this small cigar company supported solely by local clients,
going broke in 1920.
It was only under the direction of the Rey Del Mundo Company in the 1930’s, after an
unsuccessful partnership with Ramon Allones, that the brand came into its own, establishing it’s
penchant for large sized cigars. In this period the legendary Sancho was created, the original
Montecristo A vitola. In the 1960s, Sancho releases were amongst the most exciting and novel of
all.

The gargantuan Dulcineas is a perfecto, half wrapped in aluminum foil, while the parejo
sized Dorado is wrapped in gold-aluminium paper foil as seen with the Bolivar Gold Medal.
Rey del Mundo’s expertise and acclaim garnered through having “the most expensive
cigar in the world” helped establish Sancho Panza’s place on the international market.
In the post-revolution period, the brand enjoyed popularity in Spain, its medium-bodied
unique grassy taste resonating with Iberian palettes. Contemporarily, the popularity of the brand
has been eclipsed by the expansion of global brands such as Cohiba and Montecristo, pushing
Sancho Panza to the realm of the aficionado.

The aging processes of Sancho Panzas are very well documented, by virtue of the brands’
long tradition. The metamorphosis of these cigars has become the obsession of niche groups of
aficionados; the patience required often isolating the amateur smoker. Sancho Panzas
unanimously get better with time, their distinct grassy flavour morphing to an exquisite balance
of woody sweetness and saltiness.

1848

Brand registered by Don Emilio Olmstedt, creator the El Rey del Mundo brand, company
localised at 48 Angeles street Havana

1870

Don Emilio Olmstedt dies

1874

Brand purchased by Salvador Perito y Cia, production moves to 142 Manrique street

1898

Production is acquired by the firm Munozo Alonso

1920s

Brand falls under ownership of Allones limited, followed by Cifuentes Pego y Cia

1930s

Sancho Panza finds home at the Rey del Mundo cigar company, registered at no.852
Padre Varela street, Havana

1950s

Sancho Panza establishes popularity in Spain

1972

Sancho Panza carries 11 vitolas including the unique Tronquitos packaged in a unique
tree stump shaped humidor

1999

Entire Sancho Panza line-up included in commemorative Siglo XXI Millenium humidor
featuring 2000 cigars from 20 brands.

2010

Release of the Quijote, Spanish Regional Edition.

2011

Release of the Escudero,
German Regional Edition.

2014

Release of the Eslavo, Serbian Regional Edition.

2017

Release of the Valientes, Swiss Regional Edition.

2018

Release of the Gran Quixote Benelux Regional Edition.​

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This post was created by CubanClassifieds Kevin on May 18, 2020.