English Market Selection
2023 EMS stamp revealed

2023 EMS stamp revealed

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The 2023 EMS stamp has been given the green light by Hunters & Frankau.

EMS stands for English Market Selection and has been used by Cuba for over a century to denote the quality of cigars destined for the UK market.  In more recent years it has been used by H&F as an easily identifiable mark of quality and authenticity for Havanas sold in the UK duty paid market.

Each year a new colour is selected to be used for the EMS stamp and the new green stamp is now being applied to all UK Havanas by H&F’s quality control department.


All boxes and small packs that bear the stamp are guaranteed to have:

Come directly from Habanos S.A. in Cuba to Hunters & Frankau.

Been shipped and stored by experts

Passed a UK quality check

Paid all UK Duties

The correct UK health warnings


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