Habanos
English Market Selection
Masters of Havana Cigars

Masters of Havana Cigars

The Higher Certificate, developed by Hunters & Frankau, represents the most extensive & prestigious qualification within the UK Habanos market.


Cristian Secchi

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The Wellesley

The Wellesley Hotel
11 Knightsbridge
London
SW1X 7LY

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020 7235 3535 info@thewellesley.co.uk www.thewellesley.co.uk


Passed: 10th April 2013

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What do you enjoy most about working with cigars?

I really enjoy working with cigars as they are my passion and I can share my personal opinion and knowledge with others by advising or showing them new and old cigars. It’s a rewarding sensation when my guest enjoys and appreciates my recommendation.

What first interested you in cigars?

I've been interested in cigars from my first involvement ten years ago. My interest peaked in the process required to create them and their unique taste and effect they have when you enjoy them.

Do you remember your first cigar?

My first cigar was a Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.2 and to this day is one of my favourites morning cigars.

What is the best piece of advice you have for someone just starting to smoke cigars?

At The Wellesley, we have a lot of choice and even with a little budget of £20 to £30 you can start to try different brands, sizes and also a few of our Limited Edition cigars.

What are your favourite three cigars?

Partagas Series E No.2, Cohiba siglo VI, Hoyo de Monterrey Epicures Especial

Has becoming a Master in Havana Cigars helped you in your profession?

Of course. It’s helped me a lot because I now have a better knowledge and a real understanding of the history and processes involved, which I can share with others.

Meet the Masters

Tom Bergström-Randall

Tom Bergström-Randall

1A St James's Street

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Slawomir Bielicki

Slawomir Bielicki

La Casa del Habano (Harrods, London)

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Claudio Chesini

Claudio Chesini

No.10 Manchester Street

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Calum Conn

Calum Conn

La Casa del Habano (Chester)

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Manu Harit

Manu Harit

The Arts Club (private members club)

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Martin Kemlin

Martin Kemlin

The Arts Club (private members club)

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Darius Namdar

Darius Namdar

Mark's Club (private members club)

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Giuliano Santilli

Giuliano Santilli

The Lanesborough Hotel

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Maurizio Zatti

Maurizio Zatti

No.10 Manchester Street

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*There are also a number of Masters of Havana Cigars working in private members clubs that are not listed here.