For our Fall 2015 issue, we met with Maya Selva, Europe’s most prominent female cigar manufacturer. We spoke with the Franco-Honduran cigar luminary about how she got her start, global expansion and the potential of her homeland, Honduras.
Other topics in this issue: Omara Portuondo, diva of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club, talks about her role as a Habanos ambassador. Colin Ganley reflects on the political developments between Cuba and the US, and the need to see Cuba “before the Americans come.” In honor of Montecristo’s 80th anniversary, Simon Chase outlines the brand’s history and its development. Simon Lindh researched Estelí’s many small cigar factories, giving us a glimpse into the life of a married couple that has been working for Padrón since the 1970s. And, of course, we smoked some cigars for you. Among our 60 blind tastings, the new Davidoff Escurio and the Dunhill Heritage found themselves with top rankings; the roster also included Cuban classics and new launches like the Balmoral Añejo XO Petit Robusto.
If you missed this edition, you can order a back-issue.
The following is an overview of the contents of the 3/2015 edition.
New Releases in 2015
Upgrade for Frankfurt Airport’s Cigar Store
Rum Creation by Havana Club & Cohiba
Blind Tasting: 60 Cigars
Maya Selva Cigars: Passion & Perfection
One Day in the Life of Martha & Rafael at Padrón
Building your Own Walk-In Humidor Part 2
Montecristo’s 80th Anniversary: A Long Pedrigree
Southeast Asia’s Habanos Experts
Interview: Marko Bilić
London’s JJ Fox Lounge Newly Refurbished
New Cigar and Whisky Trade Show in Asia: APCWL
Soft Flame, Torch & Co: A Lighter for Every Occasion
Portrait: Mitchell Orchant
Istanbul: Fine Smoke on the Bosphorus
Omara Portuondo: Singing Ambassador of Habanos
Cooking & Cigars: Persian Cuisine
Vintage Cigars: It Just Takes Time
STG CEO Frederiksen about Trade Marks and Cuba
Bars & Cigars in Hong Kong
Visiting Cuba: “Before the Americans Come”
Abam Cigar’s Partnership with Villiger
New Cigar Terrace at London’s Corinthia Hotel
Gladys Atencio, Master Torcedora with Charm
Small Cigar Factories in Estelí
Cigar Trivia: Wrapper Colors