The Higher Certificate, developed by Hunters & Frankau, represents the most extensive and challenging qualification within the world of Havana cigars. The exam covers all aspects of the Cuban cigar industry including the cultivation of the world’s finest tobacco, Habanos brands and vast array of vitolas (sizes), as well as cultural and historical topics such as the US Trade Embargo and UK legislation. Candidates are also expected demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of how to recommend and serve Habanos. The exam is split into five parts.
Candidates must answer questions in five categories “Agriculture”, “Production & Presentation”, “Brands & Specialities”, “Vitolas” and “General”. Finally the candidates must participate in an oral and practical exam in front of three members of the Hunters & Frankau Board of Directors, where their cigar knowledge is again tested to the full. With a pass mark of 75%, only the most knowledgeable will be awarded the title of “Master of Havana Cigars” and those who are can certainly class themselves in an elite group.
twenty-six people have passed this exam and there are currently twenty-two Masters Of Havana Cigars working in the UK.
Click the pictures below to meet the current UK Masters of Havana Cigars.*
*There are also Masters of Havana Cigars working in private members clubs that are not listed here.