Chilean Taste at the International Habanosommelier Contest


One of the most anticipated moments of the 19th Habano Festival came to pass Friday when Chile’s Felipe Rojas walked off with the top honors at the 16th edition of the International Habanosommelier Contest.

UK’s Slavomir Marek Bielicki and Krystian Hordejuk, from the UAE, finished second and third, respectively, in a battle in which all contenders were put through their paces in serving the world’s best premium cigars. Italy’s Andrea Balzani ended in fourth place.

The finalists endured a Habano cutting and lighting test, a descriptive tasting session and a pairing match with different drinks, including the best-known international cocktails. The competition followed the benchmark milestones set by the 2016 contest.