Habanos S.A. Marketing Director Leaves
24 April 2014
Ana López Garcia, the director of marketing operations for Cuba's tobacco monopoly, Habanos S.A., has left the company. In a short message, she told Cigar Aficionado she was leaving for "personal reasons." Her departure was confirmed by sources at Habanos.
Lopez had spent nearly 40 years working in the Cuban cigar industry. She reported that she remembered dealing with Alejandro Robaina, the famous Cuban tobacco grower, and was the person who introduced him to the cigar that bore his name.
She also had a wide range of experiences for the company, including overseeing the celebration by Habanos for the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Cuba by Christopher Columbus in 1992, and the cigars launched with that event, the 1492 and the Cohiba Siglo series of cigars. She had spent time in the United Kingdom during her tenure at the company.
Cuban Cigar Luminary Enrique Mons Dies
20 March 2014
Enrique Mons, an icon of Havana's cigar retail scene for 25 years, died Monday night at the age of 71. Mons grew up in a tobacco family, working as a tobacco selector at a factory in Cuba's famed Pinar del Río region before moving to Havana in 1959. It was there that he trained as a cigar roller for two years and then began working in the Heroes del Moncada and José Piedra cigar factories. In 1971, he was promoted to quality control director for Cubatabaco, the state-owned entity that owned all Cuban cigar brands at the time, where he spent 18 years before being named the director of Havana's first La Casa del Habano cigar shop on Quinta Avenida and 16th Street. Ten years later, in 1999, he helped open a second shop, Casa del Habano at Club Habana, where he was a familiar sight until his death.
The Club Habana shop features two cigar rolling stations that produce Mons' "Monsdale" cigar, which was the cigar luminary's own take on the lonsdale size. Slightly thicker than a normal panetela and rolled with a pigtail cap, the Monsdale has achieved cult status among Habanophiles.
"Cigars have brought me everything, from the people I've met, the countries I've visited, the hotels I've stayed in. What is a Habanos cigar to me? I couldn't have done those things any other way," Mons told Cigar Aficionado in a 2012 interview.
Mons is survived by his wife, Josefina, and four children.
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.