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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UK Havana Cigar Portfolio

Double Corona

Double Corona

  • Flavour: Light
  • Vitola: Prominente
  • Ring gauge: 49
  • Length: 7 ⅝ Inches / 194mm
  • A mighty cigar with a surprisingly subtle and creamy flavour. It rocketed to stardom when the second issue of Cigar Aficionado rated a late ‘80s example 99 out of 100. Still a cigar to be reckoned with.
Epicure No.1

Epicure No.1

  • Flavour: Light
  • Vitola: Corona Gorda
  • Ring gauge: 46
  • Length: 5 ⅝ Inches / 143mm
  • A long standing favourite amongst the admirers of this classic Corona Gorda. Lighter tasting than the Punch Punch or Cohiba Siglo IV, but plenty of fragrant complexity nonetheless.
Epicure No.1

Epicure No.1

  • Flavour: Light
  • Vitola: Corona Gorda
  • Ring gauge: 46
  • Length: 5 ⅝ Inches / 143mm
Epicure Especial

Epicure Especial

  • Flavour: Light
  • Vitola: Gordito
  • Ring gauge: 50
  • Length: 5 ½ Inches / 141mm
  • Introduced as the top of the Epicure line in 2008, this extra-length Robusto delivers the classic light-flavoured elegance of the Epicure No.2 for an additional five eighths of an inch.
Epicure Especial

Epicure Especial

  • Flavour: Light
  • Vitola: Gordito
  • Ring gauge: 50
  • Length: 5 ½ Inches / 141mm
Epicure No.2

Epicure No.2

  • Flavour: Light
  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Ring gauge: 50
  • Length: 4 ⅞ Inches / 124mm
  • The Robusto of choice for many cigar epicureans. Formerly presented without any band, now it sports no less than two, so its identity is clear.
Epicure No.2

Epicure No.2

  • Flavour: Light
  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Ring gauge: 50
  • Length: 4 ⅞ Inches / 124mm
De San Juan

De San Juan

  • Flavour: Light
  • Vitola: Geniales
  • Ring gauge: 54
  • Length: 5 ⅞ Inches / 150mm
  • San Juan y Martinez is a small town in Vuelta Abajo (the main source of tobacco for Habanos) and the inspiration behind the name of this cigar. All of the Seco and Ligero leaves used in the in the blend are taken from the surrounding plantations.
De San Juan

De San Juan

  • Flavour: Light
  • Vitola: Geniales
  • Ring gauge: 54
  • Length: 5 ⅞ Inches / 150mm
De Río Seco

De Río Seco

  • Flavour: Light
  • Vitola: Aromosos
  • Ring gauge: 56
  • Length: 5 ½ Inches / 140mm
  • Le Hoyo de Río Seco is the second recent introduction to the “Le Hoyo Series”, following the 2015 release of Le Hoyo de San Juan. These cigars only use Seco and Ligero leaves grown in San Juan y Martinez, a small town in Vuelta Abajo, a world-famous tobacco growing zone in Cuba.
De Río Seco

De Río Seco

  • Flavour: Light
  • Vitola: Aromosos
  • Ring gauge: 56
  • Length: 5 ½ Inches / 140mm
Du Roi

Du Roi

  • Flavour: Light
  • Vitola: Corona
  • Ring gauge: 42
  • Length: 5 ⅝ Inches / 142mm
  • Once a match for Davidoff's Chateau Latour size, although lighter in taste and boasting a distinguished aroma. As with so many classic Coronas, this vitola has been discontinued in Havana.
Du Deputé

Du Deputé

  • Flavour: Light
  • Vitola: Trabuco
  • Ring gauge: 38
  • Length: 4 ⅜ Inches / 110mm
  • An elegant small cigar with a decent 38 ring gauge that makes it the perfect morning smoke. For many years it was the only cigar of this size in the Havana portfolio until it was joined by the Montecristo Open J in 2009.
Du Maire

Du Maire

  • Flavour: Light
  • Vitola: Entreacto
  • Ring gauge: 30
  • Length: 4 Inches / 100mm
  • The size name means ‘between acts’, so here we have a size designed to satisfy the theatre going smoker during the interval; these days, of course, on the pavement outside.
Petit Robusto

Petit Robusto

  • Flavour: Light
  • Vitola: Petit Robusto
  • Ring gauge: 50
  • Length: 4 Inches / 102mm
  • Perhaps this cigar would have been better named Epicure No.3 as its presentation and style of taste are identical to the Epicure 1 & 2. Introduced in 2004, it was a timely anticipation of what smokers would face with smoking bans.
Hermoso No.4 (Añejados)

Hermoso No.4 (Añejados)

  • Year: 2016
  • Flavour: Light
  • Vitola: Hermoso No.4
  • Ring gauge: 48
  • Length: 5 Inches / 127mm
  • Close in size to the ever-popular Epicure No.2, this is an enjoyable alternative for fans of the Hoyo brand and all lovers of lighter blends.
Read About Hoyo de Monterrey

Hoyo de Monterrey owes its origin to the town of San Juan y Martinez, which lies at the heart of the Vuelta Abajo tobacco zone. Here the Hoyo de Monterrey plantation, one of the great Vegas de Primera, can be reached through a gate on the town’s main square inscribed ‘Hoyo de Monterrey. José Gener. 1860’.

‘Hoyo’ literally means a ‘hole’ and in this case describes the low-lying position of the plantation on the fertile banks of the San Juan y Martinez river. José Gener, a Spaniard from Tarragona, first used the name of his vega on a brand of Havanas in 1865.

The flavour of Hoyo de Monterrey’s blend makes it an attractive choice for those who seek a delicate yet aromatic Havana that is lighter to the taste but with great elegance and complexity.

The brand is renowned for its Double Corona and for the prestigious Epicure series, the No.1 and No.2, to which the longer Epicure Especial was added in 2008. There is also a range of vitolas known as the Le Hoyo Series. These are generally accepted to be slightly stronger and spicier than the brand’s classic range.

All sizes are ‘tripalarga, totalmente a mano’ – long filler, totally handmade using filler and binder leaves from the Vuelta Abajo tobacco zone.

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