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Inside Cuban Cigars—A Talk With Cubatabaco Head Francisco Padron

Cigar Aficionado meets with Cubatabaco's top official, Francisco Padron, to discuss Cuba's cigar industry.
Marvin R. Shanken
From the Print Edition:
Rush Limbaugh, Spring 94

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C.A.: Have you thought about producing vintage-style cigars where you note when they were produced or from which harvests?
Padron: No. What we are going to do from [1994] on is that we are going to make tastings of next year's production all over the world. For example, in Spain we are going to make a tasting of the Montecristo for the relaunch of the brand there. We are deciding what we are going to do exactly at the moment. We might launch a Romeo y Julieta in England and Montecristo in Spain and so on. We are deciding on the size.

C.A.: Would it be marked on the box?
Padron: No. I don't think so. As you know, you can have the same blend every year. It is always a little different, but you try to keep it almost the same.

C.A.: Are there any new brands you plan to bring out with in the near future?
Padron: We were really ready to come out with a new brand, but then we had this agreement with Tabacalera.

C.A.: What were the names of the brands?
Padron: I am not going to tell you.

C.A.: Are there any new sizes of existing brands coming out?
Padron: No.

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