Hunters & Frankau, the regional distributor of Cuban cigars for the UK, has sat on stockpiles of aged stock for decades. Now, these vintage Havanas have been released in what Hunters calls their House Reserve Aged & Rare program.
In addition to 10 or even 20 year old cigars, the program also includes the first Cuban cigar releases, discontinuous lines, Limitadas editions, regional editions and Gran Reservas.
According to the company, each cigar was checked by ‘fully trained Habanos SA technicians’ at the Hunters & Frankau warehouse in the UK before a box was 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 Â£ 3,299 (around $ 4,279). A five-pack of Cohiba Lanceros from the same year costs Â£ 490 ($ 650) and a box of Cohiba Maduro 5 MÃ¡gicos from 2007 – the year they were first released – will set you back Â£ 2,013 ($ 2,668).
If you’re nostalgic for the abandoned Ramon Allones 8-9-8 lonsdales, a box of 25 from 2001 can be purchased for Â£ 1,618 ($ 2,144). A full box of Punch Tres Petit Coronas rolled in 1998 is priced at Â£ 800 ($ 1,000) while a box of 10 Juan Lopez SelecciÃ³n Supremas, UK regional edition for 2009, is marked at Â£ 942 ($ 1,248) .
Hunters & Frankau’s 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 how cigars can age, Cuban or not, see the Connoisseur’s Corner, Cigar lovervintage smoke tasting.