The building is enormous, but, because the street is narrow and densely built-up, at first glance it appears humbler than it really is. The factory, located at Calle Amistad No. 407 and 409, between Calle Dragones and Calle Barcelona, is rather nondescript and can be hard to find.
El pantéon – hall of fame or cemetery – depending on the translation – was what the torcedores called the La Corona factory. Built by the American Tobacco Company, later under the name of Tabacalera Cubana, the factory operated a total of 91 brands.
In the last two years, Royal Agio Cigars has created two top cigars in a row. Who is behind the name, which, in the first instance, one associates with cigarillos, shortfillers and brands like Mehari’s, Panter and Biddies?
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.
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.
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.
A thriving tobacco industry transformed the former Nicaraguan farming town of Estelí into a Mecca for cigar smokers.
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.
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.