Experts launch online Habanos Sommelier course in Latin America

In September 2021, Habanos experts Fernando Fernandez Millan (master sommelier, Cuba) and Gabriel Estrada (Hombre Habano 2019, Argentina), supported by Alexandre Avellar (Hombre Habano 2020, Brazil) and Jose Miguel Salvador (Habanos Sommelier contest jury, Chile), launched a much-needed online Habanos Sommelier introductory course geared exclusively for the growing Latin American cigar smoking segment.

The course is divided in ten 3-hour master classes, starting on September 8th and ending on November 10th 2021, and is delivered via lively and participative online ZOOM sessions accompanied by cigar tastings and pairings.  According to Estrada, the course designed to serve as an introduction to the extensive world of Cuban cigars as well as the art of pairing Habanos with spirits and cocktails.  Also important to note here, and different than some of the other online cigar sommelier courses available, is that the course deals exclusively with Habanos, SA products and does not cover any off-Cuba cigars.

The program curriculum covers a complete study of the Habanos vitolario and in every class, explores a specific Cuban brand as well as recommended pairings for its flavor and strength range. The course covers both regular production as well as other editions such as Añejados, Maduros, and Limited Editions.

Estrada noted that they plan to launch a second edition of the course later in 2021, likely in a Spanish/English format.

For a similar analysis of the International Cigar Sommelier (IACS) and the Tobacconist University online courses, click here for Cigar Journal’s July 2021 article titled: “STUDYING PAYS OFF” (INSERT HYPERLINK)

Information:  Gabriel Estrada, Ph: +54 911 3210 4600, Email: [email protected]

Jorge Tapies is a passionate cigar smoker for over 20 years who enjoys visiting a tobacco farm or factory as well as spending time with friends at a cigar lounge anywhere in the world over a glass of aged rum. Jorge holds the Tobacconist University Certified Consumer Tobacconist as well as the International Association of Cigar Sommeliers' Cigar Ambassador certifications and is an avid reader and book collector on anything cigar and tobacco related. Jorge is a regular contributor and ambassador for Cigar Journal, especially in Spanish speaking countries. He is also member of Cigar Journal’s tasting panel since 2012.


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