XVI Festival del Habano will be held in Havana
Havana, Cuba, January 28th, From Monday. February 24th to Friday, February 28th, 2014, Cuba will again be the venue of the largest international meeting for the enthusiasts of the best cigar in the world: the Habano. On this occasion the event will be paying tribute to four of the most prestigious Habanos brands: Hoyo de Monterrey, Partagás, Trinidad y H.UpmannThe participants will have the pleasure of flavoring in exclusive the new vitolas to be launched by Habanos SA and of discovering the secrets of centuries-long tradition. Habanos invites you to enjoy a week of pleasure and delight among the friends who have one thing in common: the passion for Habanos.o Visits to Habanos tobacco plantations in Vuelta Abajoo Visits to emblematic Habanos factorieso Commercial Fairo Seminarso Tastings and Marriages with best drinkso International Habanosommelier Contesto Master Class on the cigar hand rolling techniqueThe opening event will take place in February 24th. Inauguration of the Commercial Fair at the International Convention Center Palacio de Convenciones.Welcome evening at Club Habana, which includes an exclusive concert of the best Cuban artists. The Nominations to the Habanos Award of the Year will also be announced, and finally there will be a Welcome Cocktail dedicated to the Partagas and Hoyo de Monterrey brands.On Wednesday, February 26, there will be a special and emotive Dinner in tribute to the Trinidad brand, with participation of the prestigious chef Ron Blaauw from The Netherlands, awarded with two Michelin stars, and of sommelier Cuno Van't Hoff in the selection of the menu and marriages.The closing of the Festival will take place on the evening of Friday, February 28, with a Gala Dinner in tribute to H.Upmann and the Traditional Humidor Auction for the benefit of the Cuban Public Health System
Montecristo No.2 "Cigar of the Year" 2013
London England, January, The American publication, Cigar Aficionado, has awarded its prestigious "Cigar of the Year" accolade to the Montecristo No. 2. This is the third time that a Cuban cigar has topped the list and the first time it has been won by Montecristo, the world's favourite Cuban cigar house. Within the brand the No. 2 stands as the flagship vitola (size) and is instantly recognisable by its wide gauge and "pointed" head.Describing it as "the undisputed king of torpedoes" the magazine goes on to note that the cigar is "teeming with rich but not overwhelming flavors of leather", such sweet spices as cinnamon and nutmeg and the cigar's trademark tangy wood note."The cigar (sampled from April 2013 boxes) scored a hugely impressive 96 out of 100. To read their review in full, please Click Here.
New 2014 EMS Stamp
Londen, England, January 2014, New 2014 EMS Stamp Hunters & Frankau the sole importer of Cuban cigars in the UK have issued the new English Market Selection (EMS) badge for 2014. The EMS description has been used by Cuba for over a century. with many people contending that it originally reflected the reputation of the English market for accepting only the very finest cigars that Cuba had to offer. Others maintain it was used to distinguish cigars destined for England from those bound for the USA. At the time the English preference was for dark cigars while the American Market Selection (AMS) reflected a propensity for specially treated light green cigars (Candelas).Either way, the EMS stamp, in its current form, was launched by Hunters & Frankau in 1993 as a way of marking out boxes that have passed the UK quality inspection and of assuring customers of the cigars quality and authenticity.All boxes that carry this mark are guaranteed to have:1. Come directly from Habanos S.A. in Cuba to Hunters & Frankau. 2. Been shipped and stored by experts. 3. Passed a UK quality check.4. Paid all UK Duties. 5. The correct UK health warnings. For further reading on EMS please click here