Habanos
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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Other handmade cigars

Churchill

Churchill

  • Line: Honduras
  • Flavour: Light
  • Ring gauge: 47
  • Length: 6 ¾ Inches / 171mm
  • The longest of the Honduran range from La Invicta and worthy of bearing the Churchill name. Delivers smoking pleasure for over an hour.
Churchill

Churchill

  • Line: Honduras
  • Flavour: Light
  • Ring gauge: 47
  • Length: 6 ¾ Inches / 171mm
Canon

Canon

  • Line: Honduras
  • Flavour: Light
  • Ring gauge: 52
  • Length: 5 ⅞ Inches / 150mm
  • With an easy draw and consistent burn the Canon is a fine smoke and one well worth seeking out. The size is the same as the iconic Cohiba Siglo VI which is referred to in the factories of Cuba as a Cañonazo.
Corona

Corona

  • Line: Honduras
  • Flavour: Light
  • Ring gauge: 42
  • Length: 5 ½ Inches / 139mm
  • Light, elegant and very reliable, the Corona stands as a classic within the range. This size used to be the standard by which all were judged before heavy ring gauges became the fashion.
Panatela

Panatela

  • Line: Honduras
  • Flavour: Light
  • Ring gauge: 29
  • Length: 5 ¼ Inches / 133mm
  • The 29 ring gauge makes this Panatela a sketch in refinement. However, it still manages to pack plenty of character into its slender frame and is ideal for a brief alfresco afternoon smoke.
Robusto

Robusto

  • Line: Honduras
  • Flavour: Light
  • Ring gauge: 50
  • Length: 5 Inches / 127mm
  • A shade longer than a classic Cuban Robusto, it nonetheless retains the classic 50 ring gauge. Mellow, smooth and approachable.
Robusto

Robusto

  • Line: Honduras
  • Flavour: Light
  • Ring gauge: 50
  • Length: 5 Inches / 127mm
Petit Corona

Petit Corona

  • Line: Honduras
  • Flavour: Light
  • Ring gauge: 42
  • Length: 5 Inches / 127mm
  • A perfect introduction to La Invicta’s Honduran blend. A perfect cigar for after a light lunch and a size which helped premium cigars conquer the world.
Petit Corona

Petit Corona

  • Line: Honduras
  • Flavour: Light
  • Ring gauge: 42
  • Length: 5 Inches / 127mm
Très Petit Corona

Très Petit Corona

  • Line: Honduras
  • Flavour: Light
  • Ring gauge: 42
  • Length: 4 Inches / 102mm
  • Made using long filler tobacco leaves taken from Talanga and Jamastran in Honduras. An ideal partner for your morning cup of tea.
Très Petit Corona

Très Petit Corona

  • Line: Honduras
  • Flavour: Light
  • Ring gauge: 42
  • Length: 4 Inches / 102mm
58

58

  • Line: Honduras
  • Flavour: Light
  • Ring gauge: 58
  • Length: 3 ½ Inches / 90mm
  • The exceptionally wide gauge helps saturate the palate with all of the rounded, subtle flavours that La Invicta Honduran blend offer. This cigar acts as a summary of these flavours - delivered all at once.
Maduro

Maduro

  • Line: Honduras
  • Flavour: Light
  • Ring gauge: 45
  • Length: 5 ¼ Inches / 133mm
  • Named after the maduro wrapper used to dress this cigar, this darker leaf adds a top taste of sweetness to the blend due to the natural occurring sugar and oils which remain after fermentation in these shades of wrapper leaves.
Read About La Invicta Honduras

The birth of the La Invicta brand dates back to the 1940’s. At this time, various trade sanctions and currency restrictions were imposed globally due to the Second World War, with one being the use of the American dollar. This made it difficult to purchase Cuban cigars and so to maintain a supply of war time smokes for the UK, La Invicta (translating to “The Undefeated”) was created by cigar importer Hunters & Frankau. Using tobaccos grown in Jamaica and other regions, the cigars were blended specifically for the taste preference of the British smoker at the time.

La Invicta remains a firm favourite today with a new blend and range to reflect the needs and palate of the modern day cigar smoker. La Invicta Honduran cigars are hand rolled at the Tabacos De Oriente Factory in Honduras using a blend of the finest leaves sourced locally from Talanga and Jamastran. They offer subtle, delicate flavours ideal for new or casual cigar smokers. The La Invicta Nicaraguan range is produced in the Placencia cigar factory in Nicaragua, again using only the best locally grown tobaccos from Esteli, Jalapa and Condega. The cigars deliver rich, robust flavours and aromas, synonymous with the tobaccos grown in the region.  Ideal for the regular cigar smoker or trained palate.

Both ranges are made totally by hand using long-filler tobacco leaves and the brand is still under the stewardship of Hunters & Frankau, the UK’s leading importer of premium cigars.

La Invicta was created by Hunters & Frankau and dates back to the 1940’s.

The name La Invicta (in English, The Undefeated) is particularly apt when considering that the brand was created during the Second World War.

During the war it was not possible for Hunters & Frankau to purchase Cuban cigars using American dollars and so La Invicta was established, using Jamaican tobacco, in order to maintain a supply of war time cigars to the UK.

The cigars are still made using bespoke blend of tobaccos, tailored specifically for the UK smokers’ palate, but they no longer hail from Jamaica. They are now available in two different blends; the lighter styled Honduran and the richer Nicaraguan linea.

With the exception of the Nicaraguan Shorts all of the cigars within each range are made entirely by hand, using long-filler tobacco leaves and are made from 100% tobacco.

The Honduran cigars are made at the Tabacos De Oriente Factory using tobaccos taken from Talanga and Jamastran.

The Nicaraguan cigars use tobacco from Esteli, Jalapa and Condega, and are made at Plasencia Cigar Factory.

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