There was a lot to celebrate in Dortmund in September: the award for the best Cuban cigar and brand for 2014, Cigar Journal’s 20th-year anniversary, and the successes of the industry during a promising year.
Alberto Turrent, tobacco farmer and founder of the emblematic brand Te-Amo, was honored for his impressive life’s work.
Boutique Blends Cigars is not only the company name under which Rafael Nodal manufactures his cigars. The name is a concept: Small batches – that’s their philosophy.
There is one anniversary taking place this year that seems to have escaped notice in Cuba. True, it doesn’t relate to a brand, but nevertheless it goes right to the heart of what has given Habanos the global success they have enjoyed for well over a century: quality and authenticity.
When buying a hygrometer, you should check that it’s possible to calibrate it, otherwise it is relatively worthless. Calibration, however, is not exactly a simple operation. There are various calibration methods that all have their drawbacks.
Héctor Luis Prieto Díaz farm in the heart of the Vuelta Abajo has become a popular day-trip destination for cigar-lovers and tourists. Part of the package: Cuban hospi- tality and in-depth tobacco knowledge directly from the master
A free market is not Estanislao Sanchez Acosta’s cup of tea. After 63 years working the tobacco fields of west Cuba he’s simply content not to have to sell his product to different clients.
The vision of Carlos Fuente Jr., Eric Newman and David Luther started with an elementary school. A year later, the medical centre was built, and since then, it has evolved into a project that reaches out to 20 communities with a total of 237,000 people. Education has given the whole community a sense of hope and new meaning to life.
How important is the cigar industry for a country like the Dominican Republic? Hendrik Kelner at Davidoff points to the concentration of cigar related businesses in the city of Santiago as one of the main reasons for the Dominican success.
There are probably hundreds of “boutique” cigar manufacturers all over the world, and, generally, we associate this term with both the size of the company as well as the volume of production. But for no brand is it more appropriate than for the new, still unknown label Royal Danish Cigars by Jan Vistisen.
Macanudo is beyond doubt one of the most successful labels in the history of the cigar. Visually an eyecatcher, in taste refreshingly stimulating. This could be the description of the brand-new Macanudo Inspirado currently being presented by the Scandinavian Tobacco Group.
Travelling with cigars. Here we’re talking about the well-known military-look travel humidors. To anticipate the result: If the aim is to transport cigars from A to B without damage, cases made of high quality plastic like ABS are the perfect thing.