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English Market Selection

EMS

EMS stands for English Market Selection, a description used in Cuba for over a century to identify the quality of cigars designated for the British market. It is the cornerstone of the UK’s long established reputation as the world centre for the finest Havana cigars.

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UK Havana Cigar Portfolio

Magicos

Magicos

  • Brand: Cohiba
  • Year: 2007
  • Rarity Category: FR, 10+
  • Line: 2019 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Medium to Full
  • Vitola: Magico 5
  • Ring gauge: 52
  • Length: 4 ½ Inches / 115mm
  • Launched in the UK on 5th July 2007 at the first Hunters & Frankau ‘Summer Cigar Party’, just five days after the Smoking Ban came into effect. These first release cigars were among the first to be shipped out of Cuba. The linea also represents the first time that an aged maduro wrapper had been used on a standard Havana.
Esplendido

Esplendido

  • Brand: Cohiba
  • Year: 2001
  • Rarity Category: +20
  • Line: 2021 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Medium to Full
  • Vitola: Julieta No.2
  • Ring gauge: 47
  • Length: 7 Inches / 178mm
  • An instant success when launched in 1989, the king of La Linea Classica quickly went on to earn iconic status with aficionados around the world. Rolled in Cuba 20 years ago, these cigars have matured into a superlative example of what a well-aged Havana can offer. Sublime.
Lanceros

Lanceros

  • Brand: Cohiba
  • Year: 2001
  • Rarity Category: +20
  • Line: 2021 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Medium to Full
  • Vitola: Laguito No.1
  • Ring gauge: 38
  • Length: 7 ½ Inches / 192mm
  • One of the original three sizes of Cohiba to be available commercially and the cigar of choice for Cuba’s late president, Fidel Castro. These elegant cigars, presented in the now discontinued packs of five, have spent two decades maturing to perfection in Hunters & Frankau’s climatically controlled warehouse. An extremely rare treat.
Salomones

Salomones

  • Brand: Cuaba
  • Year: 2003
  • Rarity Category: FR, +15
  • Line: 2021 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Medium to Full
  • Vitola: Salomones
  • Ring gauge: 57
  • Length: 7 ¼ Inches / 184mm
  • These cigars arrived in the UK as part of the first despatch from Havana in 2003. Ever since then they have been meticulously maintained in perfect conditions of humidity and temperature by Hunters & Frankau. Today, just as when it was first launched, the Salomones boasts the largest ring gauge of any cigar in the classic Habanos portfolio.
Magnum 50

Magnum 50

  • Brand: H. Upmann
  • Year: 2008
  • Rarity Category: FR, 10+
  • Line: 2021 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Light to Medium
  • Vitola: Magnum 50
  • Ring gauge: 50
  • Length: 6 ¼ Inches / 161mm
  • First seen as an Edición Limitada in 2005, the Magnum 50 proved such a hit that it was introduced as part of H. Upmann’s classic range just three years later. It is from this inaugural year (2008) that these distinguished cigars come. Proof positive that lighter blended Habanos brands are as enriched and enhanced by ageing just as much as their fuller flavoured stablemates.
Selección Suprema

Selección Suprema

  • Brand: Juan López
  • Year: 2009
  • Rarity Category: RE, 10+
  • Line: 2021 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Medium to Full
  • Vitola: Torres Iznaga
  • Ring gauge: 52
  • Length: 6 ⅝ Inches / 170mm
  • Just 20,000 Selección Suprema were produced by the Empresa de Habana at their factory in San Antonio de los Baños in Havana Province, in 2009. The size is known as a Torre Iznaga in the factories of Cuba and has never been seen in the classic Habanos portfolio. The inspiration for the unique bands that adorn these rare Havanas comes from an album of old cigar bands which revealed that it was customary for Juan López cigars to include size names on its bands and that embossing was sometimes used.
Petit Corona

Petit Corona

  • Brand: Juan López
  • Year: 2008
  • Rarity Category: DL, 10+
  • Line: 2021 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Medium to Full
  • Vitola: Mareva
  • Ring gauge: 42
  • Length: 5 ⅛ Inches / 129mm
  • Last seen in the Hunters & Frankau pricelist back in April 2016, this medium to full bodied Mareva has retained plenty of character and classic Juan López flavour over the years. It continues to provide satisfyingly spicy undertones that will no doubt please the many fans of the brand.
Tres Petit Coronas

Tres Petit Coronas

  • Brand: Punch
  • Year: 1998
  • Rarity Category: DL, 20+
  • Line: 2021 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Medium
  • Vitola: Minuto
  • Ring gauge: 42
  • Length: 4 ⅜ Inches / 110mm
  • Discontinued at the turn of the century the loss of this small format cigar was keenly felt by many aficionados who enjoyed a medium bodied afternoon Havana. With a box date of 1998 these cigars have now fully matured into little gemstones of sparkling quality.
Edmundo

Edmundo

  • Brand: Montecristo
  • Year: 2004
  • Rarity Category: FR, 15+
  • Line: 2021 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Medium to Full
  • Vitola: Edmundo
  • Ring gauge: 52
  • Length: 5 ⅓ Inches / 135mm
  • Named after Alexandre Dumas’ hero Edmundo Dantes in ‘The Count of Montecristo’. When it was launched in 2004 the Edmundo was part of an influential new wave of heavier ring gauge Havana cigars. These cigars, from the original year of release, demonstrate why they are now a mainstay in so many humidors around the world.
Corona Extra

Corona Extra

  • Brand: Rafael González
  • Year: 2009
  • Rarity Category: DL, 10+
  • Line: 2021 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Light
  • Vitola: Corona Gorda
  • Ring gauge: 46
  • Length: 5 ⅝ Inches / 143mm
  • Boxed in Havana in 2009, a year before the size was discontinued, this classic Corona Gorda has a freshness that belies its age. Light, elegant and larger than any of the current Rafael González, this is a real joy for fans of the blend. Although perhaps not the most modish of brands today, this remains a startlingly good Havana for those who enjoy a lighter style of Havanas.
8-9-8

8-9-8

  • Brand: Ramón Allones
  • Year: 2001
  • Rarity Category: DL, +20
  • Line: 2021 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Full
  • Vitola: Dalias
  • Ring gauge: 43
  • Length: 6 ¾ Inches / 170mm
  • Named after its smart presentation, this well made cigar more than lives up its surroundings. Sadly discontinued today, for many years it was compared to Cuba’s other full flavoured Dalias, the Partagas 8-9-8. A wonderful old cigar with an even longer legacy.
Hermosos No.2

Hermosos No.2

  • Brand: Romeo y Julieta
  • Year: 2004
  • Rarity Category: LE, 15+
  • Line: 2021 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Medium
  • Vitola: Hermosos No.2
  • Ring gauge: 48
  • Length: 6 ⅛ Inches / 157mm
  • 2004 was a vintage year for Ediciónes Limitadas. The Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial and Cohiba Sublimes were released alongside the Romeo y Julieta Hermosos No.2. It has perhaps not received the same attention as the others, but this is a spectacular cigar in its own right and one that showcases the very best of Cuban tobacco.
Coronas Gigantes

Coronas Gigantes

  • Brand: Bolívar
  • Year: 1999
  • Rarity Category: DL, 20+
  • Line: 2019 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Full
  • Vitola: Julieta No.2
  • Ring gauge: 47
  • Length: 7 Inches / 178mm
  • As rich and full-bodied a Julieta No.2 (Churchill) size as you will find. These SLB boxes of 50 cigars were discontinued in 2010, with the boxes of 25 following suit in 2017. Placed into their boxes in 1999 the time may have tempered some of the vigour of youth in these cigars but they remain a robust testament to the variety and complexity of flavour to be found in a good Havana.
Lanceros

Lanceros

  • Brand: Cohiba
  • Year: 2000
  • Rarity Category: 15+
  • Line: 2019 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Medium to Full
  • Vitola: Laguito No.1
  • Ring gauge: 38
  • Length: 7 ½ Inches / 192mm
  • Cohiba is Cuba’s premier cigar house and was originally developed for the late President, Fidel Castro, in 1966.  The Lanceros is the longest of the original three sizes and is said to have been Castro’s preferred choice. It remains one of the most elegant cigars in the range and a favourite among many connoisseurs.
Siglo VI

Siglo VI

  • Brand: Cohiba
  • Year: 2003
  • Rarity Category: FR, 15+
  • Line: 2019 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Medium
  • Vitola: Cañonazo
  • Ring gauge: 52
  • Length: 5 ⅞ Inches / 150mm
  • First showcased at the end of 2002 at a trade show in Havana, ten years after the original Linea 1492’s were released. These cigars are among the first shipment to be exported from Cuba, arriving in the UK in early 2003. At the time of release they were the widest Parejo (straight sided) cigars being rolled in Cuba.
Diademas

Diademas

  • Brand: Cuaba
  • Year: 2002
  • Rarity Category: DL, FR, 15+
  • Line: 2019 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Medium to Full
  • Vitola: Diadema
  • Ring gauge: 55
  • Length: 9 ⅛ Inches / 233mm
  • The equivalent of a Gran Corona (Monte A) in the double figurado format, the Diademas come in individual slide lid boxes that make ideal gifts, even to oneself. This cigar was only ever made during an eleven-year period, between 2002 and 2013 and these are from the very first year of production.
No.1

No.1

  • Brand: Diplomáticos
  • Year: 2003
  • Rarity Category: DL, 15+
  • Line: 2019 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Medium
  • Vitola: Cervantes
  • Ring gauge: 42
  • Length: 6 ½ Inches / 165mm
  • The Cervantes size was once all the rage among cigar smokers around the world. Modern day tastes may now be more inclined toward a heavier ring gauge, but for anyone seeking some old-fashioned charm and elegance, these medium to full bodied cigars from 2003 will be hard to resist.
Le Hoyo du Dauphin

Le Hoyo du Dauphin

  • Brand: Hoyo de Monterrey
  • Year: 1999
  • Rarity Category: DL, 20+
  • Line: 2019 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Light to Medium
  • Vitola: Laguito No.2
  • Ring gauge: 38
  • Length: 6 Inches / 152mm
  • A little known doppelgänger for the Cohiba Coronas Especiales with a similar, but lighter style. 20 years maturing in perfect conditions of temperature and humidity has allowed the full elegance of this cigar to be revealed. These cigars are presented without a Hoyo de Monterrey band, as was the style until the first years of the 21st century.
Punch Punch

Punch Punch

  • Brand: Punch
  • Year: 1996
  • Rarity Category: 20+
  • Line: 2019 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Medium
  • Vitola: Corona Gorda
  • Ring gauge: 46
  • Length: 5 ⅝ Inches / 143mm
  • Corona Gordas have traditionally been a signature size for the Punch brand, with several versions, each with a different name or blend, being produced over the years. However, it is the Punch Punch which has survived the test of time and now stands alone in the current range. A classic medium-bodied Havana which has kept British cigar smokers satisfied for over five decades, these cigars are from 1996.
Gigantes

Gigantes

  • Brand: Ramón Allones
  • Year: 2000 / 2001
  • Rarity Category: 15+
  • Line: 2019 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Full
  • Vitola: Prominente
  • Ring gauge: 49
  • Length: 7 ⅝ Inches / 194mm
  • Although not as well known as the Partagas Lusitania the Gigantes is just as powerful and rewarding a Prominente as its more famous cousin. It has a richness and depth of flavour which is revealed over the course of the hour or so it takes to enjoy. These aged cigars are available with box dates from 2000 and 2001.
Specially Selected

Specially Selected

  • Brand: Ramón Allones
  • Year: 2000
  • Rarity Category: 15+
  • Line: 2019 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Full
  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Ring gauge: 50
  • Length: 4 ⅞ Inches / 124mm
  • A classic Robusto size with a rich full flavoured blend. These cigars, from one of Cuba’s oldest cigar houses, carry a box date of 2000 and still display plenty of classic Ramon Allones flavour. To find these popular cigars with nearly 20 years of age is a rare treat indeed.
Short Churchill

Short Churchill

  • Brand: Romeo y Julieta
  • Year: 2006
  • Rarity Category: FR, 10+
  • Line: 2019 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Medium
  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Ring gauge: 50
  • Length: 4 ⅞ Inches / 124mm
  • With this cigar Romeo y Julieta drew on its long association with Britain’s most famous cigar smoker, Sir Winston Churchill. The Short Churchill was the first extension to the Romeo y Julieta Churchill series. Habanos S.A have since added a Wide as well as Petit version. At the time of release it was also the only medium bodied Robusto within the Habanos portfolio.
Mercaderes

Mercaderes

  • Brand: San Cristóbal
  • Year: 2007
  • Rarity Category: DL, 10+
  • Line: 2019 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Light to Medium
  • Vitola: Hermoso No.1
  • Ring gauge: 48
  • Length: 6 ⅝ Inches / 167mm
  • This cigar was originally created exclusively for the global network of La Casa del Habanos stores alongside the Muralla and Oficios to compliment the range of San Cristobal de la Habana. They were launched in 2004 and then discontinued just seven years later in 2011. These particular cigars are from 2007.
Magnifico

Magnifico

  • Brand: Por Larrañaga
  • Year: 2007
  • Rarity Category: RE, 10+
  • Line: 2019 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Light to Medium
  • Vitola: Partagas 16
  • Ring gauge: 50
  • Length: 6 ¾ Inches / 170mm
  • The spectacular band adorning this cigar is printed in two shades of gold with the brand name in perfect blind embossing. It is a reproduction of one used by Por Larrañaga over a hundred years ago, in the first decade of the 20th Century and was made especially for the Magnifico by Hunters & Frankau. This was the UK’s second Regional Edition and was released in 2007.
Magicos

Magicos

  • Brand: Cohiba
  • Year: 2007
  • Rarity Category: FR, 10+
  • Line: 2021 Aged & Rare, Linea Maduro 5
  • Flavour: Medium to Full
  • Vitola: Magico 5
  • Ring gauge: 52
  • Length: 4 ½ Inches / 115mm
  • Part of the original shipment from Cuba, received for the 2007 launch hosted by H&F in London. This stout cigar is instantly recognisable due to the dark maduro wrapper which adorns it. An impeccably constructed medium to full bodied cigar from the brand with a presidential pedigree. Over a decade later these cigars have matured into a captivating and wonderfully rewarding Havana.
Corona Especial

Corona Especial

  • Brand: Cohiba
  • Year: 2003
  • Rarity Category: RES, 15+
  • Line: 2019 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Medium to Full
  • Vitola: Laguito No.2
  • Ring gauge: 38
  • Length: 6 Inches / 152mm
  • One of the first three vitolas to be made available to purchase by the public in 1982, the Corona Especial remains a sophisticated and cultivated choice. The years have done nothing to diminish the potency and character that this well-aged cigar continues to display during the 40 minutes or so it takes to smoke.
Espléndido

Espléndido

  • Brand: Cohiba
  • Year: 2003
  • Rarity Category: RES, 15+
  • Line: 2019 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Medium to Full
  • Vitola: Julieta No.2
  • Ring gauge: 47
  • Length: 7 Inches / 178mm
  • For so long the Espléndidos was the pinnacle of luxury and taste for the Havana cigar smoker. Although modern tastes may have moved on from this classic 'Churchill' size, it remains a formidable and enchanting cigar. It still remains for many smokers an almost flawless example of the Havana cigar and the benchmark against which others should be measured.
Media Corona

Media Corona

  • Brand: Cohiba
  • Year: 2003
  • Rarity Category: RES, 15+
  • Line: 2019 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Medium to Full
  • Vitola: Media Corona
  • Ring gauge: 38
  • Length: 5 ⅝ Inches / 142mm
  • Although the name may seem familiar, this shape and size has never been made before, or since, for Cohiba. That means this small cigar is the rarest among all the Reserva Selección box sizes. Ideal as an opulent and indulgent mid-day treat.
Pirámide

Pirámide

  • Brand: Cohiba
  • Year: 2003
  • Rarity Category: RES, 15+
  • Line: 2019 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Medium to Full
  • Vitola: Pirámide
  • Ring gauge: 52
  • Length: 6 ⅛ Inches / 156mm
  • This was considered by many to be the outstanding cigar within the Reserva Selección box. It remains a wonderful, rich and intriguing smoke and has, if anything, improved over the years. A true classic.
Robusto

Robusto

  • Brand: Cohiba
  • Year: 2003
  • Rarity Category: RES, 15+
  • Line: 2019 Aged & Rare
  • Flavour: Medium to Full
  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Ring gauge: 50
  • Length: 4 ⅞ Inches / 124mm
  • A wonderful, modern Havana with a rich and finely balanced medium to full flavoured blend. The Cohiba Robusto was once again selected for the Reserva category in 2018, no doubt in part due to the success of this vitola.
Read About Aged & Rare

Hunters & Frankau’s Aged & Rare collection consists of cigars that have been matured for a minimum of ten years in our warehouse and every box is marked with a 10+, 15+ or 20+ to indicate the number of years since they were rolled, boxed and dispatched from the factories of Cuba. It is estimated that the first 2019 Aged & Rare releases make up no more than 5,000 cigars in total.

However, it is not only their age that makes House Reserve cigars especially rare. Some of the releases have additional noteworthy features. These features can be seperated into three categories: First Releases, Discontinued Lines and Limited Editions, Regional Editions, Reservas & Gran Reservas.

Identifying Aged & Rare cigars
Before a box is released from House Reserve every single cigar has been checked by fully-trained Habanos s.a. quality technicians, specially flown in from Cuba for the purpose. Boxes that meet their approval are stamped ‘Revisado’, which means ‘Checked’.

A Release Certificate is also affixed to the outside of every box which is signed by our Warehouse Manager.
Finally, each individual cigar is dressed with a footband confirming that it is Aged & Rare and comes from Hunters & Frankau’s House Reserve.

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