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The Partagas Family

Cigar Smokers from Around the World Gathered in Havana and Orlando This Summer to Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Partagas Cigars
James Suckling
From the Print Edition:
Tom Selleck, Winter 95/96

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It was during this time in the early 1960s that Cifuentes began working for General Cigar. The Dominican Partagas was not launched until the late 1970s because it took that long for U.S. courts to decide that Cifuentes was the rightful owner of the brand in America and the Dominican Republic. For the rest of the world, Cuba retains control of the brand, either directly or through its agents.

"I can't change what happened because of the Revolution, but I would love to spend some time with Ramon Cifuentes in this factory," says Ernesto Lopez, when asked about the changes in ownership. "He has such great experience. I could learn so much from a man like him, although I am sure he could learn a few things from me. I really think that if he was in the factory now, he would be very happy with it. I think that we have honored what the Cifuentes family has done here and all the other families before it."

At that moment, Lopez seems to lose his concentration. He looks down for a moment, thinking. A few seconds later he looks up and says: "I would love to give Don Cifuentes some of our commemorative 150th anniversary cigars. I would really love that, and I am sure many of the workers here would have the same feelings."

A gift of six tapered double corona cigars were given to Nicolas Freeman, chairman of Hunters & Frankau, the agent in the United Kingdom for all Cuban cigars, and a longtime friend of the Cifuentes family. "What a beautiful idea," Freeman says, taking the cigars in Havana to deliver to Cifuentes in Madrid. "I am sure Cifuentes will be very touched by the gesture."

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