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September 2007

Flattery and the Real Deal

Posted: Sep 28, 2007 7:06pm ET

I smoked a Cohiba Behike and an Edmundo Dantes Conde 109 the other night during a dinner at La Guarida, the best restaurant in Havana. The Behike didn’t have a band on it and the Dantes did. Maybe you have forgotten about the Behike.

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The Biggest Humidor in the World

Posted: Sep 27, 2007 12:32pm ET

I visited the Partagas factory in full sunshine. My Cuban friends were telling me that they could feel autumn in the air. It made me laugh to myself—I have never been so sweaty on an autumn’s day. It was pretty hot and sticky in the rolling room of the Partagas factory in downtown Havana.

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Just Smoking in the Rain, What a Wonderful Day in Havana

Posted: Sep 26, 2007 4:30pm ET

Yesterday it absolutely poured in Havana. I honestly thought that the city was going to sink underwater. I was having lunch with some friends from Habanos S.A., the global marketing and distribution company for Cuban cigars, and the restaurant that were in, La Cocina de Lilliam, was under about five inches of water in about 30 minutes.

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Early Morning Meeting in Havana

Posted: Sep 25, 2007 11:43am ET

I just fired up an Edmundo from an aluminum tube that I received from Manuel Garcia, commercial vice president for Habanos S.A., the global marketing and distribution company for Cuban cigars. We had an early meeting this morning at 8:15 am.

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Back in the Cigar Capital

Posted: Sep 24, 2007 11:51am ET

I am on my second cortado this morning as I write this blog from Havana. And it’s sooo good. The small and thick sweet espresso with hot milk is like thick, warm milk chocolate. I would smoke a cigar with it right now but I have some meetings with people from Habanos S.

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The Snake is Back from Cuba

Posted: Sep 10, 2007 9:42am ET

I can't wait to get my hands on the new Partagas Culebras. The hand-made cigars are arriving from Cuba in the market in the next few weeks. And they are completely hand-made. In the past, they were made with short filler tobacco and partially machine made.

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