Cigar Aficionado

The Locker Lowdown in Havana

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:

"Dave, Can Cubans go into the Casa de Habano or is it just for foreigners?" —July 15, 2011 01:01 AM
"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? George" —May 26, 2011 22:58 PM
"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. " —May 20, 2011 17:26 PM
"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. " —May 13, 2011 09:19 AM
"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." —May 12, 2011 20:47 PM
"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. " —May 9, 2011 13:51 PM
"How much do these lockers cost?" —May 5, 2011 23:33 PM