Architect Adolfo Despradel and Andras Szanto, the art initiative’s chief consultant, turned the sod for a new studio in the building complex of the Altos de Chavón School of Design.
After this year’s Festival del Habano had ended Simon Chase was still in Havana, so he went in search of an old friend, the torcedor Hamlet Jaime Paredes, who is best known as the cigar roller in residence at the Romeo y Julieta Casa del Habano.
In the run-up to the fifth international Cigar Smoking World Championship, the official competition for the long smoking of a Montecristo No. 4, qualification tournaments for the championship will be held in many countries. Initiator, Marko Bilič, will personally preside over compliance with the rules at the events.
The Partagás meetings started in the Nineties. The casa’s then manager, Abel Expósito Diaz, initiated these one-week events by including the employees from the Partagás factory, which gave Habanos fans the unique opportunity to personally meet the experts who manufacture their beloved cigars. Following an interim solution last year, Grecia Anely Quiñones Marrero, has now taken over the reins.
The new Davidoff Art Initiative is tirelessly pursuing its mission. Dominican artist Pascal Meccariello, Davidoff Art Residency’s third recipient, will be in residence this May and June at the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing.
This year, at the Festival del Habano, Cuba ventured something new: for the first time, with the new Le Hoyo de San Juan, from the Hoyo de Monterrey series, the focus is put on the blend and makes the origin of its tobaccos transparent. The festival drew visitors from over 80 countries, on offer was a colorful program.
The 250 attendees at the ProCigar Festival come from all over the world, like the US, Canada, Europe, Israel, Russia, Singapore and China. At the already seventh annual festival in the Dominican Republic they get good food and drinks, while learning about where your cigars actually come from.
On Friday after Christmas, Simon Chase found himself in St. James’s Street, where on the corner lies Davidoff of London. Usually he would have called in advance to see who was in, so imagine his delight when he found Edward Sahakian, the proprietor, and his son Eddie there to greet him. For the next hour and a half he enjoyed a discussion on the state of the cigar world, which he shall treasure for a long time.
Cigar Aging. When offered the choice between an aged classic cigar or a limited production cigar Colin C. Ganley feels a moral call to choose the classic.
Delighted by their success in London, Davidoff is now planning Ladies’ Masterclasses in Paris, Vienna and Madrid. Exploring London’s Cigar Rooms, aficionadas are not only defying the smoking ban and the British weather, they are also infiltrating one of the last remaining male bastions and, armed with their new-found Masterclass know-how, they’re doing it with great confidence and style.
Cigar lovers and makers provide jobs, relief and charity on a massive scale. This group has a tremendous impact on the living standards of poor regions and is sending more poor kids from the regions to college than have ever gone before.
A cigar tour put to the test. With 110 HP beneath him and an abundant supply of cigars, Heinrich Villiger (81) and friends did a tour from Windhoek to Cape Town. Here is his report.