There are seven forms of presentation for individual Habanos, and many options of packs you can buy.

With band

The classic Habano: dressed with a band to identify its brand.

With double band

In some cases, a second band identifies the vitola, or where appropriate, a second band features a special production. 

Without band

It is still possible to find Habanos without bands in slide-lid boxes or bundles in specialist cigar shops. However, these were discontinued in the early 21st century and now all Habanos leave the factories with bands on them.

Cedar-wrapped (cedros) 

Some brands wrap each cigar with cedar – the subtle aroma of the wood imparts a delicacy to the flavour. Cedar is porous, so the cigars can be kept like this in a humidor.

Aluminium tube

Created for railway companies in the 1930s, cedar-lined aluminium tubes help preserve cigars from damage and drying out. Ideal for outdoor pursuits like mountaineering, hiking or yachting. Decant the cigars from the tubes when placing them in a humidor. 


Currently used by only one Habano brand – Fonseca. The tissue offers a modicum of protection for the wrapper.

Silver or gold paper-wrapped

Some Habanos are wrapped in metallic silver or gold paper according to the traditions of certain high-quality sizes. 


Previously, most Habano brands were occasionally wrapped in cellophane sleeves for some countries. Today, cellophane is used only for machine-made cigars.

Round versus box-pressed Habanos

All Habanos are round when they leave the Torcedor’s bench. However, when they are placed in labelled boxes, the cigars are pressed into a square shape because the box is deliberately made too small. Why? At first, perhaps it was to prevent damage during shipping but, as with many aspects of the Habano world, the original thinking is lost in time. Perhaps it was simply a fashion in days gone by.

In some brands, most of the vitolas are box-pressed, in others none are. The present trend is for round Habanos, but the choice of shape is entirely yours.

Source: Habanos

Earlier articles:

Habanos shapes and sizes that matter

Habanos hallmarks of distinction

Dressing the cigar box

Applying cigar bands

Sorting wrapper colours

Strict quality control

The craft of the Torcedor

Other methods of cigar manufacture

Totally handmade filler

Processing sun-grown leaf for Habano fillers and binders

Shade-grown leaf for Habano wrappers

Harvesting leaf by leaf

Cuba’s elite tobacco farmers

The only true Cuban seed

Nothing lesser than the best leaf for a Habano

Too wet, too dry, infestation issues

Humidors for your Habanos

Storing Habanos

The ritual of cutting, lighting and smoking a Habano

The leaves that clothe the body

Cigar anatomy

Cohiba: Fidel Castro’s all-time favourite cigar

Tobacco paradise

The best cigars come from Cuba

What’s the big deal with Havana cigar