Humidors Auction 2010
The auction of Habanos humidors has become one of the highlights of the Festival del Habano, a global event that year after year captures the imagination of the whole cigar world.
By the very nature of each of the Habanos contained in these majestic and elegant humidors, every lot in this auction is the ultimate expression of luxury, art and skilled handicraft. They represent the best known and biggest selling brands distributed by Habanos SA., in some of the most emblematical Habanos cigar sizes, which are the most sought-after by the fervent admirers and passionate consumers of the best cigars in the world.
All Habanos contained in these humidors were produced by the best cigar rollers in Cuba using tobacco leaves from the finest plantations of Vuelta Abajo for the exclusive purpose of being part of this auction. Some lots are accompanied by works of art and luxury goods that have been donated voluntarily by Cuban artists and world renowned manufacturers.
As every year, this auction is not about profit. All the revenue raised will be donated in full to the Cuban Health System. For this reason the Habanos Festival auctions are, and will always be, an expression of fraternity and appreciation from those who love the world’s best cigars to the people of Cuba.
Habanos SA and the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba, on behalf of all Cubans, wish to express their gratitude for the goodwill and generosity shown by all participants.
Lot No. 1 H. Upmann Humidor (View details)
H. Upmann is one of the oldest brands of Habanos. Established in 1844, its range of sizes strikes an ideal balance between its strength of flavour,light to medium, and the unmistakable aroma and taste of its Habanos.
All H. Upmann sizes are made entirely by hand with long filler leaves grown in selected fields in Vuelta Abajo, the best tobacco region in Cuba.
Lot No. 2 Hoyo de Monterrey Humidor (View details)
Hoyo de Monterrey is the brand of Habanos whose origin is directly linked to the plantation that it was named after. Located in San Juan y Martinez, in the heart of the Vuelta Abajo tobacco region in Pinar del Rio, this plantation still exists and grows first class Cuban tobacco. Records of the brand date back to 1865. The most knowledgeable aficionados of cigars from Hoyo de Monterrey appreciate their formats for the smooth taste of their blend and their characteristic aroma. It is the brand for the many smokers who prefer lighter tasting Habanos.
Lot No. 3 Humidor Romeo y Julieta and Women’s Wallet, GIORGIO G signature (View details)
The famous play “Romeo and Juliet” by the English playwright William Shakespeare, was also the inspiration for a Habano brand. Created in 1875, Romeo y Julieta has the privilege of having an undisputed reputation throughout the world of cigars.
Romeo y Julieta is characterized by a wide range of cigar sizes in different shapes, so it has become perhaps the most prized brand for those who prefer the medium strength associated with the classic taste of the Habano.
All the various sizes of the brand’s ample range are manufactured entirely by hand with leaves grown on the plantations of Vuelta Abajo, known worldwide as the best Cuban tobacco region.
In early 1900, Guccio Gucci opened a small craft shop in which the famous Italian brand Gucci was born. From 1950 onwards, it enjoyed rapid growth and become a brand known worldwide for the highest quality products (footwear, handbags and other women’s accessories), leading to the opening of boutiques in Italy and then, rapid expansion to other world markets. In the 1980s Giorgio Gucci reached its greatest popularity in this type of luxury products.
In 2000, Giorgio Gucci decided to create a new project; to design and produce a new collection of handbags and accessories in natural leather, which would mark the birth of the Giorgio Gbrand. Soon this brand became a symbol of quality, and expanded its products by adding women’s fashion in clothing.
Lot No. 4 Partagas Humidor and excluisive Bottle “Mas La Plana” (View details)
Since 1845, the date when this Habanos brand was founded, Partagas cigars have been made at the world famous Partagas factory.
After over a century and a half, Partagas remains the favorite brand for cigar smokers who enjoy more intense flavors.
All the sizes found in this brand are totally hand made with long fi ller tobacco leaves from the fields of Vuelta Abajo in the westernmost part of the island of Cuba.
“Mas la Plana”is the most prestigious red wine fromTorres, and is recognized worldwide for its quality and limited production. The historic Mas La Plana vineyard,devoted exclusively to producing the wine that bears its name, is located at Pacs in Central Penedès. These privileged acres, formerly a stronghold of the Counts of Barcelona, are now fully acclimatised to red Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. “Mas La Plana”, is also known as “Black Label” and “ The King of Cabernet Sauvignon.
It is a wine whose the grapes are from a single vineyard with low yields. Production is meticulous and the wine is aged for about 18 months in new French oak.
Mas La Plana has been tasted by many experts and critics in internationally renowned journals and has obtained extraordinarily high ratings. Amongst them are The Wine Spectator, Wine Magazine and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. It won the Gold Medal at the International Wine Challenge in 1995 and Mundus Vini in 1997.
Lot No. 5 Montecristo Humidor (View details)
Montecristo is the best known brand of Habanos throughout the world. The origin of its name is part of the history and culture of the Cuban cigar: thanks to the readings in the factory from Alexandre Dumas’ book “The Count of Monte Cristo, the rollers came to appreciate the novel so much that it was decided to put the name of its hero on the cigars that they produced.Over time, the cigar brand has surpassed the fame of the novel itself.
Since 1935, Montecristo has become a worldwide reference for cigar lovers. Its aromatic and delicious cigars are distinguished by their balanced medium to full strength and flavor capable captivating and delighting both expert smokers and those who enter the world of Habanos for the first time.
Lot No. 6 COHIBA Humidor (View details)
Cohiba first surprised the world of fine smoking in 1966. It is the most prestigious brand in the world of cigars. Its name became famous with extraordinary speed in essence because it encapsulates the origins of Cuba, its history and its culture.
In the manufacturing of its famous cigars only tobacco leaves that are “the selection of the selection” from the 5 best vegas (tobacco fields) of San Juan Martinez and San Luis in the Vuelta Abajo region, are chosen for its exclusive use. Cohiba is the only brand of Habanos in which two of the three types of leaves (seco and ligero) used in the filler undergo a third fermentation in barrels. The whole manufacturing process for all Cohiba sizes is blessed by the care and dedication of the experienced rollers who make them. The result is expressed in an unmistakable taste and aroma; besides the beauty of the wrapper leaves that dress them.
Cohiba is the Habano that everyone aspires to smoke.