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Cuba's Cigar Legend

Alejandro Robaina, the dean of Cuban tobacco men, and his grandson, Hiroshi, discuss the state of cigars in their homeland in a wide-ranging interview
James Suckling
From the Print Edition:
Camilo Villegas, July/August 2006

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Hiroshi Robaina: You mean Criollo 98 and Corojo 99, grandfather.

Robaina: Yes, that's what I mean, but I am always mixing them up and saying their names the wrong way!

CA: Why don't you plant the old variety, the traditional Corojo?

Robaina: I wish I could get my hands on those seeds!

CA: The flavor was wonderful.

Robaina: Yes, no doubt, and the traditional Criollo was the best filler tobacco around.

Hiroshi: I wish we could use it.

Robaina: Perhaps this year we could try.

Hiroshi: It would be great to plant traditional Corojo in the new tapado (cloth tents for shade-growing wrapper)!

CA: Wasn't there a blue mold problem with Corojo?


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