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Cigar Diary: Mexico's Cigar King

Max Gutmann is one of the world's great collectors of Cuban cigars as well as Mexico's official Cuban cigar agent.
James Suckling
From the Print Edition:
Armand Assante, Mar/Apr 2008

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Gutmann: All the cigars were made in the new H. Upmann, which is now one of the most modern on the island.

CA: The original 109 was made in the Partagas factory and by one roller.

Gutmann: Yes.

CA: You had 600 boxes of 25 cigars made? And it's only sold in Mexico?

Gutmann: Yes. It is absolutely only sold in Mexico. And we have the option for the cigar for two years.

CA: What has the response been so far?

Gutmann: It has been very good. We are almost sold out. People always want something new, something different. Even if they may not like it, they want to try it. Cuba is not making many new cigars at the moment, so the regional editions are interesting.

CA: I heard that this year there is going to be more than a dozen regional editions. That's a lot.

Gutmann: It makes sense. Every country now wants to have its own regional cigar. I think it is a good idea because everybody wants something new. That's in everything. You want to try a new wine. You want to try a new brand of clothing. You want to try a new brand of shoes.

CA: Maybe you will do another regional cigar, another size in the Edmundo Dantes brand?

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