Artists and Cigar Lovers Will Tribute Alejandro Robaina
05 March 2014
Pinar del Rio, Mar 4 (Prensa Latina) Cuban painters, dancers, growers, collectors, and representatives of international cigar clubs will pay homage to the legendary veguero Alejandro Robaina next March 20th, when he would turn 95 years old. The memorial gala will be attended by personalities of the Cuban National Ballet and the famous painter Nelson Domínguez, who will open an exhibition of works inspired on the cigar smokers culture, annouced to Prensa Latina Hiroshi Robaina, grandson of the tobacco grower deceased in 2010.
As part of the exhibition, the painter will donate to the family a painting of Alejandro, which will be showcased along with the rest of the collection in the museum house in the farm El Pinar, in Cuhillas de Baracoa, San Luis.
We are preparing a great tribute to my grandfather, we expect the participation of Cuban cigar lovers, from Europe and other continents, said the farmer and manager of the famous tobacco plantation Vegas. During the ceremony, the socio-cultural project "Herederos de Robaina" will be opened, which will receive children from nearby schools.
In the farm El Pinar -170 kilometers west from Havana- tobacco is grown since 1845, a practice fostered by the Canarian ancestors of Don Alejandro, former ambassador of the desirable Habanos. People from several countries come every day to admire the tobacco plantations covered with thin blankets, take pictures of the fields, visit the museum, and also become familiar with the art of twisting cigars, affirms the farmer, keen of judo and singing.
From the ancient property in the municipality San Luis in Pinar del Río, raw material is obtained for the Vegas Robaina line, which includes five cigar vitolas which are making their way into the international market. According to experts, this is a brand of medium strength, attractive either for beginners or expert smokers.
My concern is preserving the prestige of the cigars grown in the farm El Pinar; being authentic is assuming the roots and keeping the tradition, he affirmed.
21 February 2014
The Habanos Festival starts Monday 24th February and will run through the week in Havana, Cuba. For this special event, CigarOne.com is delighted to put a selection of regular production cigars at -10% through the 02nd March!
18 February 2014
The XVIth Festival del Habano is just round the corner. Aficionados worldwide are getting ready to attend the most important annual event being held at La Havana between the 24th & 28th of February. As every year, new releases from the most prestigious brands will be presented and tasted by the lucky attendees. This year focuses on: Hoyo de Monterrey, H.Upmann, Trinidad and Partagas. Top chef Ron Blaauw and renowned sommelier Cuno Van't Hoff from the Netherlands shall be preparing the Gala Dinner where haute cuisine will be paired with top habanos from Trinidad & Cohiba. This year, attendees will also be given the chance to witness an innovative alliance between fine Cuban cigars and Belgium Beers guided by Belgian sommelier, Ben Vinken. New activities such as the "Longest Ash Contest" and an exclusive concert by Los Van Van, the legendary Cuban band led by Juan Formell, are also on the menu this year.
To celebrate the XVIth edition of this major Cuban cigar event, CigarOne.com has the pleasure to put forward RARE HABANOS that have marked smokers in recent years.
15 January 2014
This is no doubt one of the most anticipated Habanos Gran Reserva Production releases since this series began in 2009. This series comprises specially selected tobacco which is aged a minimum of five years before rolling. Limited in quantity, the cigars have a special second ‘Gran Reserva’ band and come in a recognizable black lacquered box. The Partagas Lusitanias Gran Reserva was produced in a limited 5000 series, containing 15 Partagas Lusitanias Gran Reserva’s, each rolled with tobacco from the 2007 harvest. This is truly the cream of Cuban cigars.
The Fat Cigar Trend Spreads to Cuba
08 January 2014
Cigars, like bears bulking up for a long winter’s nap, are getting fatter. The plump cigar trend that began in the non-Cuban cigar world has arrived in Havana, and some of today’s most popular Cuban cigars are among the fattest in history.
“Sales of heavy-ring-gauge cigars—50 or higher—account now for more than 50 percent of Habanos S.A.’s total sales,” says Fernando Domínguez Valdés-Hevia, premium cigar director of Imperial Tobacco PLC, which owns half of Habanos, Cuba’s cigar export organization. Fat cigar sales, he says, are up by 50 percent over the past decade. “Based on the continuous research we carry out in our main markets, we have confirmed that consumers’ preferences are going towards thicker premium cigars. Additionally, in our more mature markets, current social habits are accelerating the trend towards shorter, but wider, sizes to enjoy the same flavor and intensity in less time.”
It wasn’t always so. Regular production, straight-sided Cuban cigars have traditionally topped out at 50 ring gauge, the girth of a standard Cuban robusto. Consider that cigars commonly considered “large” have ring gauges in the 40s. Cuban double coronas are 49-ring-gauge smokes, Churchills a mere 47 and corona gordas a downright slim 46. Decades ago, gentlemen preferred even thinner cigars, as anyone who has tried—unsuccessfully—to slice open a modern smoke with an antique cigar cutter can attest.
Samuel Menzi of the Casa del Habano in Zurich, Switzerland, who has sold cigars for more than 35 years, has seen firsthand the evolution of Cuban cigars. Thirty years ago “thin, long cigars were very fashionable,” he says. Panetelas and lonsdales, with ring gauges from 38 to 42, were in vogue. Today, Cuba is eliminating thin cigars, and it recently deleted the lonsdale-sized Sancho Panza Molinos and Vegas Robaina Clasicos from its porfolio.
Cuba dipped a toe in the fat-cigar waters in 2002 with the debut of the Cohiba Siglo VI, measuring 5 7/8 inches by 52 ring. It was new ground for a parejo, but it would take another eight years before the fat-cigar trend really caught fire in Havana.
Jump to the 2010 Habanos Festival, when Cuba unveiled the Cohiba Behike BHK trio of cigars. The portly, pigtailed smokes came in three ring gauges: 52, 54 and a massive 56. The BHK 52 was named Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of the Year for 2010, with a rating of 97. The same year also saw the release of the Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill, which at 5 1/8 inches by 55 ring became the thickest of Cuban Romeos. The smoke has scored 92 and 93 points.
In 2011, Cuba beefed up the Partagás brand with the Partagás Serie E No. 2 (93 points), which clocks in at 5 1/2 inches by 54 ring. Last year Cuba created a new shape with the Cohiba Pirámides Extra (93 points), a fatter, longer version of a standard Cuban pirámide measuring 6 5/16 inches long by 54 ring gauge.
Cuba has made several special releases with even larger sizes. The Sublimes vitola (6 1/2 by 54) has appeared on Montecristos and Cohibas. One of the most splendid Cuban sizes is the Maravillas No. 1, 7 1/4 inches by 55, seen most recently on the Hoyo de Monterrey Maravillas No. 1, which came to market in a special humidor last year.
Cuba’s Edición Limitadas are also fat. Those for 2013 all have ring gauges of 50 or more, none grander than the Hoyo de Monterrey Grand Epicure EL, 5 1/8 by 55 ring.
Will Cuba ever reach the extreme of a 6-inch-long, 60-ring-gauge smoke, which is so in vogue in the United States? Such a cigar might not be far away.