Begotten by the same love people share for tradition and the land they grew up in, two exclusive products out of the realm of gourmet passions meet face to face within the 17th Habano Festival


The three contestants that reached the grand finale are going to participate in the practical test of Habano cutting and lighting, a descriptive tasting session and pairing with different drinks, slated for this coming Friday 


Two products that were born out of the same terroir, Habanos and Cuban Rums, can be merged in a perfect pleasure formula to delight those who know how to drink and smoke.


La Casa del Habano in Santiago-Chile was visited by Habanos’ deputy director of Operational Marketing, Gonzalo Fernández de Navarrete, who has developed that activity for over eight years, gave a talk with historic anecdotes on some Habanos brands, present trends of the industry and the preferences of Habano enthusiasts around the world.

By Sommelier Yamir Pelegrino

Establishing a «marriage» or «pairing» has always been complicated, since relating tastes and perceptions is highly difficult, even more if a habano is the vedette, combined with coffee and spirits.


The bold alliance between Habanos and beers from Belgium and Cuba is expected to be one of the most attractive moments within the framework of the 16th Habano Festival


An exquisite pairing between a Montecristo No.2 Habano and the Santa Teresa 1796 rum took place in the course of the latest edition of the Havana International Fair (FIHAV 2013), attended by Cuba’s Foreign Trade and Investment minister Rodrigo Malmierca, as well as by authorities and businesspeople from Venezuela, and Habanos S.A.’s Marketing Vice President Jorge Luis Fernandez Maique.




Cocktails aged in wooden casks –also known as Vintage Perfection Cocktails- have turned out to be a new trendsetter that has rapidly caught on in some of the world’s best-known bars in London, Paris, Moscow, New York and even in Havana, where they have found in Habanos the perfect travel mate. 



A one-and-only opportunity came to club members and guests –from Italy and Germany- attended the May 2013 session of the Balcón de Bayamanaco (Bayamanaco Balcony) where a Julieta No.2 from the Bolívar brand (ring gauge 47 x 178 mm long) and ultra-premium Cuban rums 15 Years Legendario and 15 Years Havana Club were paired. 

Por: Juan Jesús Machín, Campeón Mundial Habanosommelier

When it comes to pairing an exclusive and elegant Habano like the Cohiba Pirámides Extra –a genuine gem of Habanos, S.A.’s vitola portfolio- you should by all means pick a complex spirit, of round bouquet and especially well-aged in order to make them match perfectly.