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The Luck of The Draw in Havana

A Geneva tobacconist acquires the first 40th anniversary Cohiba humidor at the VIII Festival del Habano in March
James Suckling
From the Print Edition:
Kurt Russell, May/June 2006

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The sources didn't say whether the specialty factory would make regional cigars—limited-production smokes of about 1,000 boxes that are produced for particular geographical markets—which have been a great success. For example, this year six such cigars will be made, two each for three markets. They are: Punch Super Robustos (6 1/8 by 50) and Ramón Allones Estupendos (7 by 47) for the Asia Pacific region; Por Larrañaga Lonsdales (6 1/2 by 42) and Bolivar Colosales (6 1/8 by 50) for Germany; and Bolivar Libertadors (6 1/2 by 54) and Juan López Obúses (5 1/2 by 52) for France.

I didn't try any of those smokes yet, but I did puff on a number of the new Romeo y Julieta Short Churchills, a robusto that comes in a cardboard-papered box as well as a tube. The cigar is supposed to reach markets this spring. It is delicious. It reminds me of the decadent and rich flavor you get in a good Romeo y Julieta Churchill. It's spicy, almost peppery, with a meaty tobacco flavor that turns to cedar.

They didn't serve any of the Short Churchills during the festival's gala dinner. It was a night of smoking various Cohibas, including the Siglo VI, which I think is the best size in the brand. As usual, the gala included an auction of special humidors holding hundreds of rare cigars. The sale raised about $715,000 for the Cuban health system. A number of awards were also given during the event. I received Habanos Man of the Year in Communication.

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