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March 2010

A Heartfelt Rumba

Posted: Mar 11, 2010 10:07am ET

A Cuban musician friend of mine named Ernan Lopez-Nuzza, one of the island’s best jazz pianists, and his wife, Wendy, reminded me the other day during lunch of a rumba called “La Muerte Me Llama Que Es Esto?”  The song, loosely translated, means Death Calls Me But What Is That? I was thinking of that last week when I was hanging with the great tobacco man Alejandro Robaina at his farm in Pinar del Río.

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Cuba Meets Ecuador

Posted: Mar 8, 2010 3:51pm ET

Americans might finally get the chance to try Robaina grown tobacco in the not too distance future. Hiroshi Robaina, the grandson of Cuba’s best-known tobacco grower, Alejandro Robaina, is setting up plantations in Ecuador.

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Smoking A Normal Cigar In La Habana

Posted: Mar 5, 2010 10:17am ET

I can spend a lot of time writing and speaking about mega-cigars, limited edition smokes and vintage sticks. But I like smoking mainline cigars just as much. In fact, most of the time I prefer them. Besides, cigar factories (see yesterday’s blog for a video on Cuba’s biggest) spend most of their time making normal smokes.

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Cuba's Largest Cigar Factory

Posted: Mar 4, 2010 12:49pm ET

I dig going to the cigar factories in Havana. I don’t go as often as I would like because they don’t open them to the public all that much. The one exception is Partagas, which has regular visits each week for tourists.

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Habanos y Tequila: A Good Marriage

Posted: Mar 3, 2010 2:15pm ET

I must admit that I don’t think very often about Tequila when I am looking for something to drink with my cigar. I usually grab a glass of rum or Port or Champagne, or even red wine or beer. But Tequila? That’s why I found a blind tasting of two cigars—Montecristo No.

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A Few Observations on Cuban Cigars

Posted: Mar 2, 2010 6:46pm ET

Do you smoke Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, José L. Piedra, Partagas, or Cohiba? Or all of the above? You probably smoke one or two of the brands on a regular basis if you are into Cuban cigars, considering those brands account for about three-fourths of the total number of Cuban cigars sold in 2009.

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The End of a Great Event

Posted: Mar 1, 2010 6:00pm ET

The president of Habanos S.A., the global distribution and marketing company in Cuba for cigars, came up to me during last Friday’s gala dinner and asked me how I liked the Cohiba Behikes that were being debuted to the world that night.

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