Even after 15 Habanos festivals the well proven recipe of success continues to work – a combination of magic and marketing. During the day, seminars and presentations inform about Cuban cigars and at the evening events visitors learn about the latest cigar trends of the coming year. Over 1,500 participants from 70 countries don’t miss out on this spectacle.
From brand identity, material, printing and counterfeit protection – the spectrum of cigar bands is impressive; their utilization purposes multifaceted.
Losing all its property in a revolution is enough to take most companies out of an industry. Nestor Plasencia has suffered this loss in both Cuba and Nicaragua. He is now in control of tobacco growing on perhaps the largest scale in Central America.
After 44 years of working almost every job available at Joya de Nicaragua, Francisca del Rosario González Aguirre is still learning.
Cuban manufacturers rely on test smokers, called catadores, to perform quality control. We spoke with Gerardo Álamo Gómez, usually responsible for machines and electronics at Partagás and one of twelve Partagás test smokers, and we were able to take part in a tasting session.
In times when more and more Habanos are becoming shorter and thicker, Cigar Journal columnist James Suckling remains faithful to the elegant format. Panetelas seem to feel so right in his hand – moreover, they are packed with flavor due to the ratio of ligero to others in the blend.
With more cigar lovers using wine coolers as humidors, we set out to explore the topic of cool storage in greater depth. As long as the cooled cigar storage area is hermetically sealed from the outside environment, stored cigars are in good shape.