Rafael Gonzalez was created in the 1930’s. It was in this brand that the 165 mm by 42 ring cigar, which has the factory name of Cervantes, was first called a Lonsdale after Lord Lonsdale, the famous English sporting Earl and cigar aficionado of that period. Now many other brands use the name as well.
On its lid label each box carries a curious inscription written in English to the effect that the cigars should be smoked within one month of the date of shipment from Havana or otherwise they should be carefully matured for about one year
Rafael Gonzalez cigars contain a light tasting blend of tobacco leaves from the Vuelta Abajo region. All sizes are made by the "totalmente a mano, tripa larga" — totally handmade, long filler technique bar one, which is "totalmente a mano, tripa corta" — totally hand made, short filler.