Presentation styles of Habano cigars.

Labelled boxes (10, 20 or 25 Habanos)

This is the most common form of Habano packaging. All box-pressed Habanos come in this type of presentation.

Semi Boîte Nature or SBN (5, 10, 12, 24 or 25 Habanos) 

The French name for this box reflects its Gallic origin. Some boxes are plain wood, others are varnished. The brand marks are hot-stamped into the wood. The cigars are always round.

Cabinet Selection – SLB (10, 25 or 50 Habanos)

‘SLB’ stands for ‘Slide Lid Box’, a presentation created for the British at the start of the 20th century for selected ‘Cabinet Quality’ Habanos. It comes in plain wood and varnished versions. The cigars are always round and tied in a silk ribbon.

Cabinet Boîte Nature or BN (10 or 25 Habanos)

These are varnished natural wood boxes with fully formed lids, sometimes bearing the brand emblem in gold foil while others are left plain. This presentation is reserved for very special cigars that are always round.

‘8-9-8’ (10 or 25 Habanos)

These are boxes with telltale curved sides. The origin of these boxes was based on the number and arrangement of the cigars inside; 8 on the top row, 9 in the middle and 8 on the bottom, making 25.

It even gave its name to the first vitola to use it – the Dalia.

Today, the same three-layer arrangement is used for boxes of 10; 3 on the top row, 4 in the middle and 3 on the bottom, so there is an 8-9-8 in 10s! All the cigars are round.

Bundles or Mazos (10 or 25 Habanos)

These are bundles of round cigars with bands. Some are wrapped in silver foil or cellophane to prevent damage and preserve moisture.

Small packs (1, 3 or 5 Habanos)

These are smaller packs that allow you to carry a few of your favourite Habanos. They also make ideal gifts. Small packs come in cardboard, aluminium or wood.

Special boxes

There are other types of packs with special characteristics which are not found in any of the categories described above although they form part of the standard Habanos portfolio.  

Source: Habanos

Earlier articles:

Habano styles

Habanos shapes and sizes that matter

Habanos hallmarks of distinction

Dressing the cigar box

Applying cigar bands

Sorting wrapper colours

Strict quality control

The craft of the Torcedor

Other methods of cigar manufacture

Totally handmade filler

Processing sun-grown leaf for Habano fillers and binders

Shade-grown leaf for Habano wrappers

Harvesting leaf by leaf

Cuba’s elite tobacco farmers

The only true Cuban seed

Nothing lesser than the best leaf for a Habano

Too wet, too dry, infestation issues

Humidors for your Habanos

Storing Habanos

The ritual of cutting, lighting and smoking a Habano

The leaves that clothe the body

Cigar anatomy

Cohiba: Fidel Castro’s all-time favourite cigar

Tobacco paradise

The best cigars come from Cuba

What’s the big deal with Havana cigar