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Goodbye Emilia, Hello Edmundo

James Suckling with Emilia Tamayo at El Laguito. Probably the saddest news of the Habanos Cigar Festival was the retirement of Emilia Tamayo, the...more

Posted: March 4, 2004   


Havana Corner: Cuba's Cigar Lovefest

Where's Fidel? Those were the two words uttered in just about every modern language imaginable during the gala dinner on Friday night, February 27,...more

Posted: March 1, 2004   


Havana Corner: The Loss of a Miracle Maker

The November 28 death of Richard Meerapfel should be etched in cigar history books, even though many people have never heard of the man. Meerapfel,...more

Posted: December 10, 2003   


Havana Corner: Trinidads Debut in London

It was a long way from home for Raul Valladares, master blender for Tabacuba, the Cuban organization in charge of cigar production on the island. The...more

Posted: November 14, 2003   


Havana Corner: At Long Last, New Trinidads

It's about time that one of Cuba's best cigar brands, Trinidad, was upgraded with new sizes, or vitolas -- if you haven't already heard about it. For...more

Posted: October 10, 2003   


Havana Corner: A Cuban Icon Is Gone

Cuba just won't be the same without guitar maestro Compay Segundo, who died Sunday night in Havana. The 95-year-old was an icon to the island -- a...more

Posted: July 15, 2003   


Havana Corner: Limitada Tasting

European editor James Suckling recently rated three of the new Edición Limitada cigars from Cuba, which have just gone on sale. His review was ready...more

Posted: July 10, 2003   


Havana Corner: More Manly Cigars From Havana

You had better like giant Cuban cigars, because I was amazed to see hundreds of Salomones on the workbenches of cigar rollers at the Partagas factory...more

Posted: June 24, 2003   


Havana Corner: Cuba's Newest

The Cohiba Siglo VI is finally hitting the markets this week, as well as three of Cuba's new Limitada 2003. The United Kingdom is one of the first...more

Posted: June 2, 2003   


Havana Corner: Customs and Counterfeits

U.S. Customs guys get a bad rap. They are not all voraciously against anyone going to Cuba or anticipating with glee the opportunity to destroy all...more

Posted: May 16, 2003   


Havana Corner: Cuba's 21st-Century Factories

Reprinted from the April 2003 Issue of Cigar Aficionado

Posted: May 8, 2003   


Havana Corner: Keep The Limitadas Coming

Cuba's Edición Limitadas keep rolling off the cigar benches of the Partagas and H. Upmann factories in Havana, and in a few weeks five new sizes...more

Posted: April 25, 2003   

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