On April 20, in Lisbon, Casa Havaneza, the most emblematic cigar store in Portugal and one of the oldest in the world, deserved a successful celebration for its 159th anniversary.
The first Casa Havaneza was founded in 1864 by the banker Henry Burnay, and became a point of reference for Premium tobacco in Portugal and a meeting place for Habano aficionados and intellectuals, including Eça de Queiroz, Ramalho Ortigão and Fernando Pessoa. The shop is considered since 2018 as a Historic Store and National Heritage.
On the occasion of this celebration, Empor, S.A., Exclusive Habanos Distributor for Portugal, organized a dinner at the “Porto Santa María” Restaurant, on Guincho Beach, very close to the Lisbon City, which was attended by more than 120 guests. The event was hosted by Her Excellency Cuban Ambassador in Portugal, Mrs. Yusmari Días and the General Director of EMPOR, Mr. Pedro Rocha who thanked those present for their predilection for Cuban tobacco.
The event began with a welcome cocktail where the guests were able to get to know and taste two vitolas, Quai D’Orsay No. 50 and El Rey del Mundo Templarios, Regional Edition for Portugal, pared with extraordinary cocktails made with Sanderman Port wines and Diplomático rum, as well as the excellent Taittinger Champagne.
In a familiar and welcoming atmosphere, those present were able to exchange ideas and experiences as good lovers of the premium tobacco. The menu selected for the occasion was accompanied by Quinta dos Carvalhais Rosé 2022, Casa Ferreirinha Vinha Grande Branco 2021, Casa Ferreirinha Callabriga 2020 and Sandeman Tawny 20Y.
The activity was enlivened by a group of Cuban musicians, who managed to create an authentic Cuban atmosphere, in the company of one of its best ambassadors, the Habano.
The emotional final toast made by all those present was accompanied by Taittinger champagne and a cake in honor of Casa Havaneza anniversary. The toast highlighted the great work of Casa Havaneza team, which with their effort, dedication and passion, make the Casa a local of excellence appreciated by fans of premium tobacco in Portugal.
Empor, S.A. It has four Casas Havanezas, three of which are in Lisbon and one in Porto. For more information you can visit the Where to buy / smoke section of the Habanos website www.habanos.com