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David Savona

The Locker Lowdown in Havana

Posted: May 4, 2011 12:00am ET

This is day four of my week-long trip to Havana, Cuba. I've been here all week with Gordon Mott on assignment for Cigar Aficionado.

During my trip I've visited just about every quality cigar shop in the city and toured three cigar factories. I've done quite a bit, but there's still more to do.

Most of the cigar shops are Casa del Habanos, stores that have a serious selection of Cuban cigars, comfy chairs for smokers, and a bar serving Havana Club and other fine spirits. And many have lockers.

If you're a serious Cuban cigar lover, having a locker in Havana is the ultimate indulgence.

Imagine a place to store your favorite box purchases, with superb humidity, in a secure facility, and upon each visit to Cuba your cigars will be waiting for you. Sounds good, right?

I shot this video at the Casa del Habano at the Havana Libre hotel, a real nice cigar shop.

Cuban cigars taste better in Havana. When they age carefully in your locker, what could be better?

Take a look:

Comments   7 comment(s)

Daniel Thayer — Burlington, Ontario, Canada,  —  May 5, 2011 11:33pm ET

How much do these lockers cost?

David Savona May 9, 2011 1:51pm ET

Sorry about the delay, Internet service in Cuba is spotty at best. The lockers once went for $300 per year, but now at least some shops aren't charging anything for their use. You do, of course, have to buy cigars from the shop, and getting a locker is up to the discretion of the management. They're reserved for very good customers of the house.

JEAN DANNIEL HAY May 12, 2011 8:47pm ET

Are the Cohiba Behike cigars more available in Cuba than they are around the world? Are they more affordable? Have cigars gone up in Cuba in comparison to the past years you have gone? Thanks Dave
JD Los Angeles Ca.

David Savona May 13, 2011 9:19am ET

Behikes are less available in Cuba (right now) than they are around the world. They're more affordable than virtually everywhere else. The 52 (my personal favorite) is about 18 CUCs ($20) in Cuba, while the same cigar can be more than $70 in Canada. Prices over the years I've been visiting Cuba have gone up somewhat, but buying a Cuban cigar in Cuba remains a tremendous value, in my opinion.

Paul Segal May 20, 2011 5:26pm ET

hey Dave, Did you see MY LOCKER @ the Havana Libre Hotel LCDH?
They were supposed to put my name on one of the lockers.
I bought a few boxes of limitadas on my last visit.

stantine972 May 26, 2011 10:58pm ET

I love cigars and unfortunately never smoked a Cohiba Behike. If I lived in Canada I'm sure I would never smoke a Behike, 70 bucks! that is crazy. I would eat the butt when I finished the cigar. When I want to treat myself I get a nice Padron 1964 and I'm happy. Expensive, but not 70 bucks.

Hey Dave Savona does Cigar Aficionado have a box at the Casa Del Habano?


R. D. Iturrey — Miami, Florida, US,  —  July 15, 2011 1:01am ET

Dave, Can Cubans go into the Casa de Habano or is it just for foreigners?

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