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2009 UK Habanos Regional Edition launch

HUNTERS & FRANKAU invites you to the first tasting of its two 2009 UK Regional Edition Havana Cigars from 6.30 to 9.00 p.m. on Monday 28th September 2009 at the Wyndham Grand London, Chelsea Harbour.

The Wyndham Grand London’s new 8th floor Cigar Terrace high above Chelsea Harbour with staggering views of the skyline, notably down river to the London Eye, St Paul’s and beyond, is the setting for the first tasting of Hunters & Frankau’s two 2009 UK Regional Editions: the Choix de L’Époque from El Rey del Mundo and the Selección Suprema from Juan Lopez.

There will be canapés and you will be offered Veuve Clicquot Champagne to partner the Choix de L’Époque and the remarkable Glenmorangie Signet Single Malt Whisky, which is distinguished by the use of ‘chocolate malt’ in its ingredients, will be tasted with the Selección Suprema. Expert speakers will explain the finer points of each drink and, of course, both cigars.

El Rey del Mundo’s Choix de L’Époque is a short, stout, Petit Edmundo-sized cigar (4 3/8”/110 mm x 52 ring gauge) with a light to medium flavour. It is designed for occasions when the time to enjoy a good cigar is short; an all too frequent occurrence in these days of smoking restrictions. Its name, which translates from the French as “The Choice for the Age”, reflects this thought. It’s a cigar to beat the ban and an ideal pre-lunch or dinner choice with a glass of champagne. Just 2,000 numbered, labelled boxes containing 25 of these cigars have been made in Havana for release exclusively in the UK.

By contrast the Juan Lopez Selección Suprema is a large cigar. Equally stout (52 ring gauge), it measures 6 5/8” or 170 mm in length. This rare size, known as the Torre Iznaga, was last used in 2006 for the Trinidad Colección Habanos ‘Book’. A special band, based on an old design, has been created to dress the cigar, which is presented in Cabinet Selection boxes containing 10 cigars, 2,000 of which have been produced in Cuba just for the UK. With its classic Cuban medium to full flavour it has the body to match the Glenmorangie Signet.

Tickets at £45 each can be obtained from Frances Hough on 020 7471 8400, or email frances@cigars.co.uk.

Book early because the Wyndham Grand’s Cigar Terrace is big, but not that big, so numbers are limited.

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