Armagnac seeks a perfect match

26 January, 2007

The BNIA, the generic body for Armagnac, is on a mission to discover the perfect match between cigars and France's famous brandy.

Fourteen Armagnac houses have participated in preliminary rounds of the Trofeo Habanos - a competition set up by the BNIA to find one blend and one vintage that stands out as the perfect partner for two mystery cigars.

Eight Armagnac houses will be jetting off to Havana in February for the semi-final, and the two winners will be chosen by 300 members of the public at the grand finale, where the identities of the two cigars used in the judging will also be revealed.




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