If you have a limited budget for buying Cuban cigars, let us say $100 CUC, please check this useful information regarding the best way of spending that amount on 100% Cuban tobacco.
Specialists from the Conde de Villanueva Hotel Cigar Lounge -a place designed especially for cigar lovers visiting Havana- consider that the best way is to buy cigars separately, because the price of some of the less expensive boxes is around 90 CUC.
Depending on the interests of each smoker, certain recommendations can be made based on approximate prices. For example, if you want to enjoy a truly extraordinary experience, you could choose a Cohiba cigar, an emblematic brand within the Cuban vitolario. The Cohiba is special due to its flavor and aroma, thanks to the three fermentation processes involved in its preparation. Each piece can cost from 6.00 CUC to 32.00 CUC.
Anyone who has never before tried a Cuban cigar should start with a cigar of a mild or medium taste, such as a Romeo y Julieta, or a Montecristo. For women, in addition to Romeo y Julieta, the Hoyo de Monterrey brand is also recommended. The latter are aromatic and technically milder than Romeo y Julieta. The unit price of the Romeo y Julieta brand varies from 4.00 CUC to 11.00 CUC; Montecristo from 5.00 CUC to 7.00 CUC; and Hoyo de Monterrey from 4.00 CUC to 7.00 CUC.
If you’re looking for exclusivity, the connoisseurs prefer to choose from limited editions that come out annually. Besides being luxurious, limited editions sell out quickly. Those who follow the limited editions, only have about 3000 or 5000 cigars, which are launched in February during the Festival del Habano. These boxes reach the stores a while later; therefore, smokers who are interested in these will have access to the limited editions of 2014 around this time of year. All previous years’ editions are sold out, all in the hands of collectors or cigar smokers. This year’s limited editions Cohiba (Cohiba Robustos Supremos, 28.00 CUC a piece) and Hoyo de Monterrey (Le Hoyo de San Juan, 10.00 CUC a piece) are highly recommended.
If you’re looking for a present or a souvenir, you could choose amongst several options such as: a
Romeo y Julieta No. 1, or a Romeo y Julieta No. 2, for 4.00 CUC; a Romeo y Julieta Curchills, characterized by a medium-mild flavor, its size and presence, for 11.00 CUC; as well as a Cohiba Siglo VI, which is a medium-strong, robust and aromatic cigar, for 20.00 CUC.
Another interesting option is to enjoy the cigar-tasting services offered at the Conde de Villanueva’s Cigar Lounge. There you can enjoy a cigar, a glass of rum and a cup of coffee for 10.00 CUC, while you watch how Havana Cigars are manufactured. At the same time, taking advantage of the cigar rollers presence, you can buy freshly rolled cigars, with prices that range from 2.00 CUC to 10.00 CUC.
The most attractive part of this is the possibility of tasting other ranges of flavors. While you can find Cuban Cigars in other countries, these cigars which are rolled right in front of you, add a touch of authenticity to your holiday in Cuba. Other venues where you can enjoy live cigar rollers are at the Melía Habana Hotel and the Casa del Habano on 5th Avenue and 16th Street (Miramar).
A final recommendation…
Last but not least, it’s very important to remember that you need to ask for the receipt or invoice when purchasing cigars. You shouldn’t buy cigars, under any circumstances, in any place other than the official Habano Cigar stores. In Havana you can visit the Casas del Habano at the Hotel Santa Isabel, Hotel Valencia, Hotel Melia Cohiba, Hotel Central Park or the Hotel Sevilla. Also, the shop at the Airport may be your last chance of taking home a privilege: Havana Cigars are valued for their unique flavor and aroma, resulting from the specific conditions of the island’s soil and climate, as well as a long lasting tradition that covers the whole process – all the way from sowing to smoking a cigar.