The tradition of reading aloud at cigar factories can be traced back to the year 1865. Not least because of the high rate of illiteracy and the monotony of the work, the readings garnered so much interest that the practice spread in Cuba and far beyond.
It’s hard to believe that the famous tobacco exporter Mark A. Pollack built this splendid structure located behind the Briones Montoto factory just to store his excellent tobacco. Fully renovated in recent years, the gorgeous building is housing a Partagás worksite while its walls shine a gleaming white.
Of all the cigar factories in Havana, this one has the most names, by far. No wonder, when you consider its colorful past.
When you think about it, the whole of Cuba is actually a living museum and Havanas are, generally speaking, still produced the way they were a hundred years ago. However the knowledge must be cultivated so that it isn’t forgotten over time. This is a task that the Museo del Tabaco.
After 100 years and two Atlantic crossings, a box of Cuban cigars, manufactured in the Juan Cueto y Hermano factory, managed to return to its origins in Havana.
If these walls could only talk, what stories they would tell! Over the years, the legendary Empresa de Tabaco Torcido José Martí manufacture produced many beloved cigar labels such as Byron, Particulares and Montecristo.
Why would anyone be prepared to spend this much money on a cigar, particularly when it is over 50 years old? Is there any way that such extravagance could be justified? The venue was the outdoor cigar terrace at Boisdale’s Restaurant in London’s Belgravia district. The event was the third auction of aged and vintage cigars organised by C.Gars Ltd.
In an age in which anti-smoking legislation is taking more and more of a hold, many of us will probably be longing for the good old days of tobacco enjoyment.
Rise and fall: the building, commonly known as “La Madama”, that once housed the manufacture of H. Upmann’s world-famous cigars was lost after the Hupmann family went bankrupt.
Who’s the fairest one of all? Snow White’s evil stepmother had to look into a mirror for reassurance that she was the fairest in the land. There’s no question, however, which cigar factory is Havana’s most beautiful: without a doubt, it’s El Laguito.
We know them. We see them in every cigar store. But now, there have been ten years of Ediciónes Limitadas. It is time to review the past decade with a tasting.
Is it possible to be hopelessly romantically inclined and still run an efficient, profitable business? Well, yes – if you are Don Pepin, maybe Shakespeare’s biggest fan and infamous owner of the brand Romeo y Julieta.