Cuban Cigar Rafael Gonzales Brand:
Rafael Gonzalez was created in the 1930s. It was in this particular brand that the 6 ½ in . (165mm) by 42 gauge stogie, which has the factory name associated with Cervantes, was first called a Lonsdale after Lord Lonsdale, the well-known English sporting Earl and stogie aficionado of that period. Now a number of other brands use the name as well. Upon its lid label, each container carries a curious inscription written within English to the effect that the pipes should be smoked within one month from the date of shipment from Havana or otherwise they should be carefully matured for approximately one year.
Rafael Gonzalez cigars contain a light tasting blend of leaves from the Vuelta Abajo region. All sizes are made by the "totalmente a mano, tripa larga" — totally by hand, long filler technique bar one, which is "totalmente a mano, tripa corta" — totally hand made, short filler.