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Cuba's Cohiba

James Suckling
From the Print Edition:
Premier Issue, Autumn 92

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Castro has not smoked a cigar for nearly eight years now, but he still appreciates the value of a fine smoke. Lara was the only man he could trust to make such a special cigar since the tall, slender 71-year-old tobacco man once oversaw the production of cigars for Castro's personal consumption. "I literally slept with the cigars to assure that they had not been tampered with, and I had three rollers who made them for Fidel," Lara said, pointing to the place in his bedroom near the refrigerator where he kept the cigars.

Trinidad, the name of one of Cuba's most beautiful historical cities, is identical in shape and in size to the Cohiba Lanceros. It is long and thin measuring seven and one-half inches by a 38 ring gauge. The wrapper, or outside of the cigar, is slightly darker than the average Lancero, and it has a simple gold band with "Trinidad" printed in black in its center. Trinidad comes in a simple cedar box of 100 cigars, and the factory produces about 20 boxes a month.

"This is a very special cigar, the Trinidad," said Lara, holding one of them in his hand. "It is better than the Cohiba. It is the selection of the selection of the selection."


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