Havana Cigar Specialists are one of the cornerstones of the UK’s proud reputation as one of the best and most enjoyable places in the world to purchase premium cigars. Since 1994 accredited shops have been the first port of call for cigar enthusiasts, weather in search of their favourite Havana cigar or the latest release from Cuba.
To earn the right to be called a “Havana Cigar Specialist”, a shop must hold a wide variety of Habanos brands and sizes (these range requirements are set by H&F and Habanos S.A.) which must include Habanos Specialities. Naturally all boxes and packs of Habanos also display the EMS stamp, the UK stamp of quality and authenticity for Havanas sold in the UK.
Each shop will have display and storage units approved by H&F, in order to ensure that the cigars are kept in ideal smoking conditions. The staff of these shops will also have attended Hunters & Frankau’s Havana Cigar Academy, so as to better provide expertise in storage, recommending and preparing Havana cigars.
Havana Cigar Specialists also enjoy stock priority from H&F and are always the first in the UK to receive new releases from Habanos S.A. On top of this, every year a cigar is released by Cuba that can exclusively be sold within Specialist outlets.
There are also a few shops within England that legally qualify to offer the sampling of cigars on their premises. A very rare pleasure indeed in today’s enforced environment of alfresco smoking.
The difference between a gold and silver Specialist is simply on the range stocked, with the former guaranteeing a wider choice of Habanos brands and vitolas. All the other conditions remain consistent between the two.
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