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March 2006

Don't get ripped off with fake cigars !

By Richard on March, 27th 2006 - 11:19 am

I often get asked 'How can you guarantee that your cigars are authentic Cubans ?'. It is always a questions that surprises me, in so far that, the answer lies in one factor and one factor only. If you do not want to get taken for a ride, loose money and end up with fake cigars, the only way to guarantee total authenticity, is to buy your cigars from an Official Habanos S.A. Distributor, on or off line. All Official Habanos S.A. distributors will have the Habanos S.A. logo clearly in view. I hear you say, 'that's easy, anybody can put a Habanos logo on their site.' This is true, but a verification is just as easy, as you can find each Official Habanos S.A. Importer, per area, along with all the local official Habanos S.A. Distributors per country on the Habanos web site ( The second factor that one must remember is that hand rolled, long filler Cuban cigars are a top end luxury product and they come with a top end luxury product price tag. If you are looking for cheap deals, the simple answer is that you should not be smoking Cuban cigars. If you are wondering why you find merchants who have cigars at half the price compared to other merchants in the same country (it is important to compare prices between merchants in the same county, as the tax on tobacco changes from country to country and effects national price norms. Example - the UK and Canada have very high taxes on tobacco, whilst Switzerland and Spain have lower taxes on tobacco importation. Remember, an Official Habanos S.A. Distributor must be in the country, not in a tax free area. It is not permitted to be an Official Habanos S.A. distributor and be in a tax free area), then check if they are official distributors or not, chances are they won't be. Smoking hand rolled, long filler Cuban cigars is a life long journey of discovery, an accumulation of knowledge, a sharing of experience, a challenge to your senses, therefore take the time to properly choose your cigar merchant based on credibility, trust and enjoyment of the product and service and not on price alone, as you will find that the better deal you think you are getting, the higher the chances you run of being ripped off.

// bernie // August, 19th 2007 // 4:08 pm

i would recomend this company to any cigar lover, top class cigars and servie ,

// UGO // April, 11th 2006 // 2:11 pm

I shop regularly at La Casa del Habano in the Duty Free Area at the Beirut Airport: must I consider the Company is not an official distributor or importer?

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Free Shipping until the 24th March !!

By Richard on March, 23rd 2006 - 1:25 pm is proud to announce it's Seasonal Free Shipping Week, 21st March - 24th March, for all orders of a min. $150.00. Make the most of the special offer !

Spring is Here !

By Richard on March, 21st 2006 - 1:01 pm

With the arrival of Spring and the warmer weather, we encourage you to try cigars that explore the more floral and woody flavors and aromas. As the atmospheric conditions around us changes, so do our habits and needs. We eat different foods, in a variety of different places and cooked in different ways. We favor different drinks, with more fruity White and Rosé wines. With the extra sun light (speaking for those in the Northern hemisphere), we, as beings, become more alive, more alert with our senses becoming sharper and more focused. As we emerge form our hibernation, we start to live again. Your palate is also waking and ready. Leave the heavy, harsh cigars of the Winter behind you and lighten up, with cigars that will accompany you to your bbq's and long weekend walks. Discover the fresh flavors of Hoyo de Monterrey, San Cristobal, H.Upmann and Ramon Allones. Enjoy !

Make the most of the Partagas Serie D No.4 !!!

By Richard on March, 20th 2006 - 5:14 pm

Great cigar, great price, the Partagas Serie D No.4 on deal for only another day. Offer No Longer Valid !

A limerick for St. Patrick's day, win free cigars !!!

By Richard on March, 16th 2006 - 3:49 pm

St. Patrick's Day Cigar celebrations -

There once was a guy called Edmundo,
who actually was a hand made Habano,
admire the length and size,
imagine, rolled on a pair of thighs,
just for that, worth a smoke, no ?

drop us your cigar limericks and win free cigars

// rummells // March, 16th 2006 // 9:05 pm

There once was a country called Ireland,
where they banished all smoke on the island,
now my life would be sad,
except for a lad,
called Rich & his sticks that I've had

// Nick // March, 16th 2006 // 5:54 pm

Hi Richard - how about this?

There was a young man from Kinsale,
Who insisted on drinking warm ale,
But once he sparked up a Punch,
And drank Guinness for lunch,
He realised he never could fail!

New Cohiba Cigar

By Richard on March, 10th 2006 - 11:11 am

This year's Festival del Habano saw the 40th Anniversary of Cohiba, marked by the launch of the new Cohiba Behike. The Cohiba Behike has the same length as the Lanceros and the same girth as the Siglo VI. Only produced in 100 boxes of 40 cigars (double-ringed and each cigar numbered from 1 to 4,000) and presented in 100 specially designed humidors (numbered and engraved with the name of the owner) made by the prestigious Paris-based company Elie Bleu. The price of each of these Humidors will be 15'000 Euro ($18'000.00), and will be sold only upon exclusive orders to a Habanos S.A. dealer. This is the most prestigious Cuban hand rolled cigar ever produced and the quantities are minimal, so please, bear this in mind if ever you think you are doing a deal by buying one of these. Chances are you won’t be. This cigar will never be readily available and anyone who claims to be selling full humidors or even single sticks, should be a totally trusted source and more importantly, an official Habanos S.A. Distributor.

Habanos Book

By Richard on March, 06th 2006 - 3:34 pm

The Habanos book describes in detail all that goes into the making of a Habano, from the planting of the tobacco to the moment when smokers enjoy the tastes and nuances of the 33 brands of belonging to the Habanos Appellation of Origin – Denominación de Origen Protegida.- now on the market. Some of the best known are Cohiba, Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, Paratagás and Hoyo de Monterrey. The Habanos book also includes a ring gauge and length gauge for Cuban cigars. A must for all lovers of Cuban hand rolled cigars !

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