A generous friend presented me with two samples of the iconic Cohiba Behike (56 gauge) a week ago. Yesterday I began planning the situation in which to light one of them. Here is just a frozen moment during the long process. I shall be reporting in more detail soon.
In our modern world we tend to focus on the future. Feeling we have arrived today’s moment, which could be seen as a physical reality, we look ahead, inventing, thinking, constructing and planning. Thus we invest a great amount of energy in letting the future be manifested today. Those who do that are praised as [...]
The culture I was born into was the Latino-Caribbean. Documents show that I reached this planet by way of Spanish Harlem to a Cuban father and a Puerto Rican mother. In my blood I carry in part the unity of a Chinese slave and his African slave wife. During my quarter of a century in [...]
Hirochi Robaina is the grandson of legendary farmer Alejandro Robaina (March 1919 – April 2010), who is known for his contribution to the Cigar Universe through the success of his famous farm, Cuchillas de Barbacoa, in San Luis, Pinar del Río. Patrick Lagreid writes in Halfwheel: "For fans of Cuban cigars, there are cigar superstars. [...]
It is just last year that I found out for the first time about the Festival of Cigars that takes place in La Habana, Cuba every year. A month ago I was invited in Toronto to attend the next one. Today my registration for the XVII Habano Festival was approved. Soon I will be smoking Cubans in [...]
January 14 - 17 4to Festival del Tabaco Puro Sabor Nicaragua Nicaraguan Cigar Festival January 23 Nebraska Cigar Festival Lincoln, Nebraska Nebraska Cigar Festival February 15 – 20 Procigar Festival Dominican Republic ProCigar February 22 – 27 XVII Festival Habano La Habana, Cuba Habanos August 22 The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival Broomfield, CO Rocky Mountain [...]
You cannot keep good people down. Perhaps kill them, but not keep them down. And if they manage to complete some major steps in life, even if they are killed, they could easily live beyond their physical lives. Demaso Padrón left the Canary Islands towards the middle of the 1800's, emigrating to Cuba. It was customary [...]
If you by any chance wish to enter a home or a locality and do not wish to discard of your cigar, but do not know where to leave it until you walk out again, a very practical spot to keep it for the time being is an empty flag pole holder.
It has been a Cuban tradition in gratitude to honour Simón Bolívar for his role in providing liberty and independence from Spain to Latin-American countries.
This is a photograph of the box in which some cigars were delivered to the place where I bought them. All I wish to say to that is the following. As I reported, the very best cigar I have had in my life of 55 years, was lit for me in Tokyo and it was [...]
After wonderful days in Tokyo, smoking Cubans each day, wherever I wished to, drinking wonderful Coffee, wherever I chose to, I arrived in New York, knowing that within days I would be on non-USA soil again. Today I entered a tobacco shop and was greeted with the sad news that in Toronto there are many [...]
... better said, I ate some few parts of a goat. Those parts were so fine in taste and texture that I am writing about them now, and it is not the first time I feel the need to tell their story of their influence on me. No meal in fifty-five years is so clear [...]
This week many cigar aficionados made their way to La Habana, Cuba, to witness and participate in the annual festival of 'puros'. Part of the celebration consists of a competition to burn the longest ash. The UK based Mail Online reports that the production of Cuban cigars has improved by 8% in 2013.