English Market Selection


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.


UK Havana Cigar Portfolio



  • Flavour: Light
  • Vitola: Cazadores
  • Ring gauge: 43
  • Length: 6 ⅜ Inches / 162mm
  • An unusual size similar to a Lonsdale, this is the largest vitola currently made by the brand. It offers a light, vegetal taste at the outset that goes on to develop some earthiness as it progresses.


  • Flavour: Light
  • Vitola: Cosaco
  • Ring gauge: 42
  • Length: 5 ⅜ Inches / 135mm
  • Virtually a Petit Corona and dressed in Fonseca’s pristine white tissue. Vuelta Abajo filler tobaccos.
KDT Cadete

KDT Cadete

  • Flavour: Light
  • Vitola: Cadete
  • Ring gauge: 36
  • Length: 4 ½ Inches / 115mm
  • A well-priced, small cigar dependent on its seco leaf to capture the flavour of Vuelta Abajo.
Read About Fonseca

Don Francisco Fonseca founded his brand in the 1890s.

A handsome man, who cared deeply for appearances, he passed his sartorial precision on to his cigars, which he dressed in silky tissue paper – a tradition that continues to this day on all the Havanas that bear his name.

Fonseca’s delicate blend of filler and binder tobaccos from the Vuelta Abajo zone makes it the ideal cigar to follow a light meal.

All UK sizes of Fonseca are tripa larga, ‘totalmente a mano’ – long filler, totally handmade.

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