British distributor of Cuban cigars launches boxes of old stocks

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Hunters & Frankau, the regional distributor of Cuban cigars for the UK, has been sitting on reserves of old stock for decades. Now, these vintage Havanas have been launched in what Hunters calls its House Reserve Aged & Rare program.

In addition to 10 or even 20 year old cigars, the program also includes first Cuban cigar releases, discontinued lines, Edición Limitadas, regional editions and Gran Reservas.

According to the company, each cigar has been checked by “fully trained Habanos SA technicians” at the Hunters & Frankau warehouse in the UK before a box is released from the House Reserve Aged & Rare collection. A secondary band and box marks indicate the age of the cigar.

As you might expect, aged cigars don’t come cheap. A box of 25 Cohiba Esplendidos from 2001, for example, sells for £3,299 (about $4,279). A five-pack of Cohiba Lanceros from the same year costs £490 ($650) and a box of Cohiba Maduro 5 Mágicos from 2007 – the year they were first released – will set you back £2,013 ($2,668).

If you’re nostalgic for the discontinued Ramon Allones 8-9-8 lonsdales, a box of 25 from 2001 can be had for £1,618 ($2,144). A full box of Punch Tres Petit Coronas rolled in 1998 is priced at £800 ($1,000) while a box of 10 Juan Lopez Selección Supremas, the 2009 UK regional edition, is marked at £942 ($1,248). $).

Hunters & Frankau territories include all of the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland. The company first launched its House Reserve Aged & Rare cigars in 2019. This is the second launch of its aged stock under this concept.

To see just how well cigars can age, Cuban or not, check out the connoisseur’s corner, cigar lover‘s vintage smoke tasting.

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