A time to celebrate
HABANOS HOLD THEIR FIRST CLUB CYPRUS EVENT AND TELL VIRTUOZITY OF THEIR PLANS TO EXPAND IN THE MIDDLE EAST
THE 31ST OF JANUARY was a day cigar aficionados will long remember as the first Herfing Night of the Habanos Club Cyprus took place at the Yacht Club at Limassol Marina. A total of 95 esteemed guests were invited to undertake in the festivities at the event organized jointly by La Casa Del Habano and the Cigar Lounge of Equix Group.
Joining the guests was Maestro Torcedor, Jose Cueto, the holder of the Guinness World Record for longest hand rolled cigar. Also in attendance was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Ioannis Kasoulides, his Excellency the Ambassador of Cuba in Cyprus, Aramis Fuente, Vice-President of Development of Habanos, Javier Terrés de Ercilla and the Co-presidents of Habanos, Inocente Nunez Blanco and Luis Sanchez Harguindey.
They were joined by Mohamed Zeidan,
George Fereos and Walid Saled, each one a holder of the “Habanos Man of the Year” Award.
Following a series of welcome speeches, Jose Cueto was on hand to address the guests and share some insights about his work as a experienced cigar roller. There was also the opportunity for the guests to enjoy a Hoyo De Monterrey Epicure Especial, a Partagas Salomones and a cigar of 58 ring gauge and 210 mm long, specially rolled for each guest by Jose Cueto. Guests had also the privilege to see him performing live cigar rolling during the event.
Attendees enjoyed a mouthwatering gourmet dinner accompanied by Taittinger Brut Reserve Champagne, Foundis Estate Red Wine, Cable Bay Sauvignon Blanc and Plantation Barbados 5 Years Rum. The sweet voice of Irene Athanasiou accompanied by the joyful play of the saxophone by Charis Ioannou and the rest of Mood Indico Jazz Band was a welcome addition to a memorable night.
Guests were also invited to bid on twenty specially rolled “oeuf” shaped cigars that had been specially rolled by Jose Cueto. The humidor was finally presented to the winning bidder of $5025, with all of the proceeds of the auction being offered to a charity.
At the conclusion of the event each guest was then presented with a frame that compiles the different band designs of Cohiba in his fifty-year history. Each frame was signed by Jose Cueto.
Following the event, the co-president of Habanos, Inocente Nunez Blanco, travelled to the UAE to tell us about the brand’s plans to expand in the Middle East.
“This market is very important to us. We know that the Habanos product is in demand and that people like it. We want to make sure that consumers who love cigars do not feel abandoned to we want to expand the products available in the country. It is important for people who love cigars to have greater choice,” said Blanco.
“We also understand there are a lot of fake cigars here and we want to let people know that the best way to get genuine cigars is from La Casa del Habano. The most important thing is that the customer is alerted about the fakes, so we want to run a campaign to let everybody know to buy cigars from La Casa del Habano. That is is the best way to know you are buying a good cigar.”
Blanco was also on hand to address the recent production problems, adding: “Because of the weather we have been having problems with crops and that’s the reason we have had problems releasing though high-level products and some Cohiba lines. But this year we are expecting a good crop and we will be able to produce all of the lines.”
Blanco also confirmed a number of new lines will be launched at the 19th Habanos Festival in Havana. While he was unable to discuss specifics, Habanos have confirmed that the H. Upmann brand will be starring with the presentation of its first Gran Reserva Cosecha 2011, as will Montecristo, which is incorporating a full new product line into its portfolio, to become the brand’s most premium and exclusive line.
The Quai D’orsay brand will also have a major role at the XIX Festival, beginning a promising new stage by launching a new design and presenting two new vitolas.
The Festival includes tours of plantations in Vuelta Abajo, Pinar del Río, considered to be the best land in the world for growing tobacco, as well as a tour of the La Corona and H. Upmann factories, responsible for producing the biggest launches this year.