Habanos
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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.


Martin Kemlin

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The Arts Club (private members club)

40 Dover Street
Mayfair
London
W1S 4NP

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020 7499 8581 www.theartsclub.co.uk


Passed: 23rd March 2017

Martin Kemlin

What do you enjoy most about working with cigars?

I would say the great atmosphere and attitude surrounding the industry. It's going further than the product itself, it is a true lifestyle made of sharing and caring. Every people involved are behaving such as a family. Being focused on human values is something essential to me

What first interested you in cigars?

I was initially part of the hospitality and catering industry, so I quickly understood the business dimension of the cigar. It is a product which gain to be developed within the luxury world and clienteles. On top of that the cigar itself is an outstanding product to work with: issued by the nature, hand crafted, with a large panel of flavors and a great potential of ageing. Consequently, it really impacts the process of service and the relationship with the customer.

Do you remember your first cigar?

It was a Romeo and Julieta that my grandfather had during a Christmas dinner. To be honest I smoked a few puff to try and don't even remember the vitola it was. But I was 12 and it is one of the last memories I have with him, a timeless moment...

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

It’s important to pick up the correct size (short)and flavor profile (light strength) that he will be able to smoke entirely and feel the development of taste all along. Still my first advise would be to appreciate the moment as we tend to forget that smoking a cigar is a privilege. It is a natural gift the Cuban terroir is giving us, which required years before it came to the right maturation.

What are your favourite three cigars?

El Rey del Mundo Choix Supreme La Gloria CubanaMédaille d’Or n°2 Trinidad Robusto Extra

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

Despite my youth, the master of Havana cigar officially recognised my skills and knowledge. What’s allowed me to differ on the labour market and obtain some unique position. It brought me a certain legitimacy with the customers. Even if nothing can buy experience, I’m smoking hard to achieve my goal !

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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Martin Kemlin

Martin Kemlin

The Arts Club (private members club)

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