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A $20 Nassau

An old Cuban master and an Italian Entrepreneur make Graycliff cigars in the Bahamas
David Savona
From the Print Edition:
Dennis Hopper, Jan/Feb 01

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Lara is as happy as he's ever been, with his room up the stairs from his rolling station in the restaurant lobby, the good Nassau weather, and the freedom to work under his terms.

"I couldn't do this in Cuba," says Lara, gesturing to the rolling gallery. He's an animated speaker who uses his hands as much as his mouth, first clutching his chest, then conducting an invisible orchestra in front of him as his fingers punctuate his words.

Does the old master wish he could still blend Cuban tobacco? The hands rise again as he purses his lips.

"Cuban tobacco is the preference of all smokers," he says. "Cuban tobacco is the best tobacco in the world. We can't think of Cuban tobacco here. But it's not the same, Cuba. I can't think the same now as I did 20 years ago."


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