As in previous years, the contest will consist of two phases: pre-final and final.
The pre-final phase of the contest took place on September 12th and 14th, in Moscow and in Saint Petersburg. This phase consisted of a written examination in English and/or Spanish; participants were given 45 minutes to complete the exam.
The three best candidates were chosen to participate in the final: Andrey Guzenko, Dmitriy Drutsa, Yulia Solovyanova.
These 3 candidates must remember the four fundamental aspects of this contest:
- Exhaustive knowledge of Habanos.
- Ability to combine Habanos with strong alcoholic drinks.
- Professional attitude.
- Fluency in English and/or Spanish, essential so as to be able to represent the Russian Federation in the international Final in Cuba.
The final phase of the contest will take place during the Habanos Day in Moscow on October 20th, 2011. The final will consist of a match recommendation of a Habano with a spirit based on the customer priorities. The final winner will be announced during the Gala Dinner of the Habanos Day of Russia.
The winner of the Habanosommelier 2011 in Russia will represent the Russian Federation in the Habanosommelier Contest to be held during the XIV Habanos Festival in February 2012 in Havana, Cuba.
Please contact Top Cigars Corporation for additional information regarding Habanosommelier 2011 in Russia: www.habanos.ru