Cigar aficionados in the Philippines must be pleased to learn that excellent cigars are now available in Manila. Sold by Yats Wine Cellars but primarily to their private clientele is a good selection of popular Cuban cigars.
Among Cuban cigars, Manila’s smokers seem to be particularly fond of the Montecristro brand. However, Montecristo cigars are not widely available in the Philippines, reasons not being very clear yet. The smaller formats are found to be more convenient for the Philippines cigar fans.
When it comes to brand recognition, very few cigars can beat the fame of Cohiba, generally recognized as the icon smoke of Cuba. Pricey to be sure but many smokers in the Philippines still swear by them for a full-bodied drag, Collectors often select them for ageing although this could be a tricky process for the less experienced cigar collectors. Cohiba cigars can be found now and then in hotel lobby cigar shops around Manila but selections tend to be very small and supply very unreliable.
For everyday smoking pleasures in the Philippines, Romeo et Julieta is perhaps the most ubiquitous of Cuban cigars in Manila and other major cities around the Philippines. Running a distant second perhaps but still quite popular among casual smokers is Upmann. Packaged in tubes, these are convenient not only to carry around but also easier to store at home or in the office in Manila.
Not sure if there are studies conducted about this but it seems that most cigar smokers in the Philippines are also fond of wine. And not just any wine but interesting wines that represent good value and worthy of serious appreciation also. It is very convenient for Manila cigar aficionados to encounter a supplier that offers both cigars and fine wine, a one-stop shopping opportunity.
Yats Wine Cellars
3003C East Tower, Philippines Stock Exchange Center,
Exchange Road, Ortigas Center,
Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel: (632) 637-5019 or 0917-520-4393
Wine lovers in the Philippines interested to expand their horizons in wine appreciation, hone their palates to achieve a higher level of sophistication or just want to relax and unwind after a week of hard work in a crowded city like Manila should place themselves on the mailing list of this wine supplier.
FACEBOOK: The Facebook account of Yats Wine Cellars, called Yats.Wine is a media with which the professionals at Yats as well as fellow wine professionals in the trade throughout the world will share with our friends and wine hobbyists in the Philippines knowledge, findings, experiences, tasting notes, insights and opinions about wine, food-wine pairing and news about wine.