Pipe Smoking for Beginners: How to Pack, Light, and Enjoy a Tobacco Pipe

For many societies throughout history, pipe smoking was (and is) a sacred ritual. Men would light their tobacco for various ceremonies including weddings, funerals, and the signing of treaties (hence the term “peace pipe”). It was an important part of their traditions and cultural heritage. In more modern times, gentlemen would smoke a pipe as…

The Ultimate 2018 Summer Season Events Guide

An endless list of summer events where you can enjoy your cigars. From mass spectator to music festivals, the UK will host a wealth of major events over the coming year. The list below shows some of the major events currently taking place 2018. Don’t forget your cigars as well, many of our cigar samplers are supplied in…

Cigarillos: Short and Small

In Europe, the Cigarillos, or Short, Dry-Cured Cigar, Sells. In America, it Has Never Caught On. The meal is over. The plates that once held veal marsala and other Italian delights have been cleared, and small cups of dark, froth-topped espresso are being wheeled to the table. The perfect time for a cigar, decides Max…

Why bother ageing cigars? Smoke and live for the day.

Most Cubans get pretty excited when they have the opportunity to smoke an aged cigar—even the tobacco experts. It just isn’t something that most of them get to do, even if they grow tobacco or work in a cigar factory or shop. It’s understandable. They live for current production cigars. They have to focus on…

Principal Cigar Shapes and Sizes

One of the glories of Habanos is the sheer choice – 27 brands with more than 250 different cigars between them.  Here are the main cigar sizes and shapes that it is useful to know about. Habanos come in lengths from under 4 inches (100mm) to over 9 inches (230mm). The industry standard measure for…

Why was my box of Cuban cigars opened when I received them?

EMS stands for ‘English Market Selection’ and is a term that has been used in Cuba for over a century to identify the quality of cigars designated for the British market. In 1993, H & F introduced the EMS Stamp and since then they have awarded it to all boxes and packs of Havanas that…

The most common questions we get asked by people about Cuban cigars

Here are a list of some of the most common questions we get asked by people about Cuban cigars, we hope you find them useful. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly. What is a Habano? The official Denominacion de Origen Protegida (D.O.P) or Protected Denomination…

The New Cohiba Talisman 2017 Limited Edition Launch Event

Last week Hunters & Frankau hosted the global launch of the Cohiba Talisman (2017 Edicion Limitada) in the Garden Lounge of The Corinthia, London. The party had guests arriving from all over the world, including fellow Habanos distributors and Casa del Habanos owners, all there to help celebrate the release of the latest Limited Edition…

Cigars and Cigar Accessories for the Christmas Party Season

Here is your guide to cigars and cigar accessories for a simply successful Christmas party season. Whether you are hosting a lavish ball, a guest at a prestigious party at a London hotel, or mingling with your colleagues at your office Christmas party, you will want to be properly prepared – from your choice of cuff links…