Sometimes it can be hard to choose between the best. Whether buying for yourself or a gift for a loved one, when you are confronted with the option of a H.Upmann or a Montecristo, how do you choose? Well thanks to these lovely E.M.S Habanos Selection boxes, you don’t have to.
Each box is spectacularly presented and houses a mixture of cigars of the same vitola. Unparalleled in their quality, each brand chosen displays the best characteristics of Cuban cigars. Currently we have three options on offer:
Seleccion – Petit Robusto (10 Cigars)
A presentation gift box containing ten Petit Robustos.
2x Romeo y Julietta
This is a purchase of a box of 10 cigars.
Seleccion – Robusto (6 Cigars)
A presentation gift box containing six Robustos.
1x Cohiba Robusto
1x Montecristo Open Master
1x Partagas D No.4
1x Romeo y Julietta Short Churchill
1x Hoyo De Monterrey Epicure No.2
This is a purchase of a box of 6 cigars.
Seleccion – Piramides (6 Cigars)
A presentation gift box containing six Piramides.
1x Romeo y Julietta
1x Hoyo De Monterrey
This is a purchase of a box of 6 cigars.
About The Brands
The year of 1966 saw Fidel Castro employ local artisan Eduardo Ribera to manufacture a private stock of cigars for himself and other high ranking communist party officials, as well as foreign dignitaries.
A chance encounter through a mutual friend had brought the two together. As the story goes, Castro was so impressed upon trying one of these cigars that he immediately summoned Ribera and his family. An anxious Ribera arrived fearing the worst. Much to his surprise Castro praised his skills, ordering that Ribera and his family move to a new premises to immediately start work on what would become known as Cohiba’s.
German banker H.Upmann was so passionate about Cuban cigars that he moved to Havana in 1844. Once here his two ambitions, banking and cigar manufacture, were met. The bank only lasted into the 1920’s, but, over a century later his cigar brand still remains a reputable brand in the Havana sphere.
Ask any aficionado and they will tell you many reasons why this is the case. H.Upmann manufactures a wide range of vitolas in the pursuit of accommodating cigar smokers of all shapes and sizes. Beloved by many for their light to medium strength and smooth flavour, H.Upmann are a great Cuban cigar for novices and connoisseurs.
Upmann’s blend is exclusively composed of filler and binder tobaccos grown in the Vuelta Abajo zone.
Jose Gener was only 13 years old when he migrated to Cuba from Tarragona, Spain. Upon his arrival he would work tirelessly at his uncle’s plantation in the Vuelta Abajo region. Over the next 20 years he would hone his skills, watching and absorbing all the information he could regarding the growing and processing of tobacco. Then in 1865 he opened his own factory. Here he would manufacture La Escepcion cigars.
Gerner was shrewd and took these profits and purchased some of the best land available in the Vuelta Abajo region. The cigars he would produce here were named Hoyo de Monterrey. In English the name translates to “the Hole of Monterrey”, a homage to the concave terrain that is ideal for growing quality tobacco.
Hoyo de Monterrey was a success, proving exceptionally popular in the British market. This would see the company make large profits, eventually becoming one of the biggest manufacturers in Cuba. After Jose Gener’s passing in 1900 his daughter would helm the ship for the next 30 years before it was finally sold outwith the Gerner’s.
Montecristo is the best known and probably the most appreciated brand of Havanas throughout the world. It forms the benchmark for many Havana smokers against which other brands are judged. There is no question that this brand is synonymous with Cuban cigar culture worldwide. The iconic colours and logo are easily recognisable.
The name comes from Alexandre Dumas’ famous novel ‘The Count Of Montecristo’ which was a firm favourite when read to the Torcedores (cigar rollers) at the factory where it was founded in 1935.
Montecristo’s perfectly balanced blends are created exclusively with selected binder and filler leaves from the Vuelta Abajo zone, home of the finest tobaccos in the world. Both its original medium to full taste and the lighter flavour found in the Open Series offer a distinguished aroma and appeal equally to new and experienced smokers.
If there is one particularly famous cigar factory in Havana, it is Partagas. You can find it at No. 520 Industria Street, just behind the Capitol Building, in the heart of the city.
The factory was opened in 1845 by Don Jaime Partagas whom also purchased many of the finest plantations. His knack for determining the best tobaccos and fermentation processes propelled his business to popularity. Legend says that he was one of, if not the first people to employ a lector. Lectors are known for reading to the torcedors as they work to keep them entertained.
In 1868 Don Jamie was found murdered on one of the plantations he owned. His son Jose would go on to run the business for the next 30 years before it would be sold outwith the family.
A Partagas is immediately recognisable by its deep, earthy flavour. The character of its blend springs from a selection of binder and filler tobaccos grown in the Vuelta Abajo zone and chosen for their unmistakable richness of flavour and aroma.
Romeo y Julieta
Named after William Shakespear’s tragic lovers, the origins of Romeo y Julieta as a Havana date back to 1875.
The brand rose to international fame during the early years of the 20th Century under the direction of Don ‘Pepin’ Rodriguez, a talented promoter who was amongst the first to recognise the power of the cigar band. During his heyday no less than 20,000 different bands were used in the production of cigars.
Winston Churchill became a devotee of the brand, and following his visit to Havana in 1946, his name has not only been commemorated on a band, but it has also served to describe the marque’s most famous size – Romeo y Julieta Churchills.
Romeo y Julieta’s balanced and aromatic blend of selected filler and binder leaves from Vuelta Abajo zone make it the classic medium-bodied Havana.