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February 2010

The Mysteries of Cuban Cigars

Posted: Feb 26, 2010 2:27pm ET

I unraveled more of the mystery of the great new Cohiba Behikes that will be launched tonight at the gala dinner in Havana during the 12th Festival Habano. The attendees of the dinner will receive all three cigars.

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The Renaissance of the Blockbuster Cuban Cigar

Posted: Feb 25, 2010 1:24pm ET

I finally got my lips around a Behike. And it almost blew my head off. A couple of bad-boy-chocolately BHK 56 cigars (6 1/2 inches by 56 ring gauge) came my way, and I tried one following a heavy lunch at one of my favorite restaurants in La Havana, the awesome chicken shop El Aljibe.

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The Cuban Cigar Scene

Posted: Feb 24, 2010 10:01am ET

Most of the participants of the 12th Festival Habano went to the Pinar del Río to see tobacco plantations yesterday, but I stayed in Havana to write a blog and check out the cigar scene. Plenty of good boxes in shops.

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Good Start in La Habana

Posted: Feb 23, 2010 1:24pm ET

Piano jazz legend Chucho Valdés blew me away at the opening night of the 12th Festival Habano at the Gran Teatro de la Habana. The only bad news was that we couldn’t smoke anything. There are limits for smokers even in Havana! The big man from Havana is a maestro on the piano and is able to master anything from classic to fusion jazz.

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Going to The Habanos Festival

Posted: Feb 22, 2010 3:48pm ET

I am arriving in La Habana this afternoon in time for the opening event of the 12th Festival Habano. Not only will I get my first glimpse of the new line-extension of Cohiba—the three Cohiba Behike cigars—but also the piano jazz legend Chucho Valdés will be providing the entertainment at the Gran Teatro de la Habana.

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The Last Bottle?

Posted: Feb 11, 2010 9:53am ET

What do you smoke with the last bottle of wine on Earth? I am not talking about the last bottle—it is not Armageddon yet. Nor do I think it will come any time soon, despite all the predictions from the freaks out there.

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