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Où acheter ses cigares à Roatan (Honduras)

Île de Roatan, Honduras. Population: 25,000. 48km/long x 2km large.

Île de Roatan, Honduras. Population: 25,000. 48km/long x 2km large. 2ième meilleur site de plongée sous-marine au monde.

L’île de Roatan est située à 35 km au nord de la côte Hondurienne dans la Mer des Caraïbes. Elle est prisée des plongeurs à cause de sa barrière de corail que l’on peut observer au centre de cette photo. En fait, Roatan est considéré comme le deuxième meilleur site de plongée au monde. Une île paisible, aux paysages à couper le souffle, encore sauvage à bien des endroits, peu développée et qui regroupe cinq principaux villages et communautés. C’est à l’ouest de l’île, dans le village appelé West End que l’activité humaine y est la plus importante et où l’on retrouve notamment deux commerces de cigares.

Le West End Cigar Bar

Le West End Cigar Bar

Tous deux sur la rue principale et à quelques pas l’un de l’autre, le « West End Cigar Bar » et le « Frank’s Cigar Bar ».  Malheureusement, au moment de mon passage, le premier était fermé. Je me suis tout de même permis d’aller jeter un coup d’oeil à l’intérieur. Petit bar, décor un peu laisser-aller, terrasse à l’avant avec vue sur la mer. Humidor  très peu garni et de condition douteuse selon moi. Peut-être est-ce mieux le soir avec un peu d’éclairage etc mais d’emblée, disons que je n’étais pas très attiré par l’endroit.

 

Frank's Cigar Bar

Frank’s Cigar Bar.

Et puis le « Frank’s Cigar Bar ». Tout petit, l’endroit, quoique bien chaleureux, ne sert finalement qu’à entreposer et transiger ses vitoles. Quelques chaises et tables installées en devanture de la boutique et donnant sur la rue permettent de déguster un Alec Bradley, un Rocky Patel ou un Cohiba au rythme du foissonnemnet du village. Le plus intéressant se situe derrière la petite maison. Un grand bar et terrasse, aménagés directement sur la plage, sous les palmiers afin de vous procurer tout le plaisir et l’espace de dégustation rêvée pour quiconque se tape les hivers Québécois.

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L’humidor, quoique relativement petit (voir photo plus bas) offre une certaine variété et on y retrouve quelques grandes marques Honduro/Américaines telles Alec Bradley, Rocky Patel, Camacho et Hoyo de Monterrey, une ou deux marques honduriennes locales telles Raices et Tabacaleras Unidas et enfin la seule marque cubaine disponible, Cohiba, offerte seulement en quelques modules, Robustos, Churchill et Behike 54. Un inventaire qui se renouvelle régulièrement dans ces marques et modules me faisait remarquer Carlos, le tenancier. Les prix sont relativement bien. J’ai payé $25.US pour un Behike 54, $7.US pour un Churchill Hoyo de Monterrey Governor et $12.US pour des Rocky Patel Vintage 92.  Les Robusto de la marque locale Raices tournent autour de $7.US ch. et la fraîcheur est au rendez-vous. J’y ai tout de même trouvé le nouveau Alec Bradley Coyol dont je ne peux vous parler, ne l’ayant pas encore fumé.

Mes achats sur l'île de Roatan, Honduras 2015

Mes achats sur l’île de Roatan, Honduras 2015

Et mon conseiller personnel:  Carlos!

Votre humble serviteur et Carlos, gérant devant les humidors de l'établissement

Votre humble serviteur et Carlos, gérant, devant les humidors de l’établissement.

En somme, l’endroit à visiter si vous passez par Roatan, Honduras! Bon séjour!

Taxi Boat, Roatan 2015

Water Taxi, Roatan 2015

 

Bonne Dégustation!

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Publié par le 30 avril 2015 dans Actualité, Où acheter ses cigares

 

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Where to buy and not buy your cigars in Havana, Cuba

Animated tourist area in Havana

Animated tourist area in Havana

On my latest trip in Havana Cuba this Febuary, attending the XV Habano Festival where I had a great time, I decided to pay visit to a certain number of places where they sell cigars and try to evaluate what the cigar market is in this beautiful city and share some comments with you. I know that for some of you this will sound redundant but I’ll repeat it again. In Havana or anywhere else in Cuba, don’t buy cigars from street vendors, the very most of them being counterfeit or fake. They might look well rolled with a nice shiny cape adorned with an embossed ring that looks exactly like an original Cohiba for instance, but these guys are getting very refined in plagiarism and they’ll sell you badly rolled sticks made with bad quality tobaccos. And something I found funny is that mostly all street vendors all sell Cohibas, no Montecristos, no Partagas, nor Punch, « only the best Cohibas for you my friend »… Naaaa!

Casa del Habano in the historic Partagas real Fabrica de tabaco.

Casa del Habano in the historic Partagas real Fabrica de tabaco.

Now, besides these street re-sellers, there’s another « business » that’s flourishing right now in the city. The selling of whole boxes of authentic cigars. Bargain? Not so sure about that! Let’s have a closer look at  this.   From what I experienced, the business seems to be very well organized and very well supplied. Somebody, well dressed, will be standing by the door of a Casa del Habano for instance and offer you cigars very calmly. If you agree, you will then be taken to a residential house located one or two blocks away, will invite you in and once inside he will show you on the kitchen table, boxes full of Montecristos, Cohibas, Partagas, Ramon Alones, Romeo y Julieta etc. All real wood boxes with everything from the original silky Habanos S.A. certification papers, ribbons, labels etc. The only thing missing is the Habanos S.A. seal that’s sticked on the outside upper right side of the box and the dates underneath the boxes. These steps being usually done by Habanos S.A. These guys, and for 10CUC more will stick a real green government stamp on the box in case you want to take your purchase through the border. I examined those very carefully and I can pretend with hardly no doubt at all that these stamps are authentic. Alignement in boxes and the color order of the cigars in the boxes were perfect as well. As for the prices, let’s say they sell those boxes for one third of the cuban regular price. They offered me a box of Cohiba Siglo IV Linea 1492 for 125 CUC while at a Casa del Habano, I saw it sold for 321CUC. My opinion regarding all this system is that that the cigar companies, instead of selling anonymously and at cheap prices and by the unit or bulk with no bands their number two’s or the ones that didn’t pass the quality test controls, they prefer to sell them packed in standard boxes with all the regular accoutrements in order to sell them at a higher price thinking that selling those for one third of the price, cigar smokers, will do with it and accept that some of the cigars they just bought might have problem issues like tight draw or uneven burn for example. Don’t know about the final quality of these cigars since I didn’t buy any though. If somebody who experienced this type of purchase would like to give it’s impression on the quality of those products, feel free to comment.

Casa del Habano Hotel Melia Cohiba Havana

Casa del Habano Hotel Melia Cohiba Havana, Cuba

As for where to buy your cigars in Havana, Cuba, may I strongly suggest to always buy them at the official Cuban stores for cigars, the Casa del Habano shops. They are all over Cuba and everywhere in the world and sell exclusively Cuban cigars. In Cuba, they are all equipped, except maybe for a few older and or smaller ones, with walk-in humidors, a bar with Expresso coffee machines and smoking lounges.The choice is very up to the minute. Every new vitola gets to the Casa del Habano first upon release. Nobody besides Habanos S.A. is allowed to sell cigars to these stores so you can be sure about the authenticity of the product. They carry all the main brands and formats plus every Cuban Edicion Limitada of the current year and earlier one as well. They do have their exclusive Casa del Habano lines of cigars that they order according to their taste preferences from different producers along the year.

H.Upmann Robusto. Esclusivo Casa del Habano

H.Upmann Robusto. Esclusivo Casa del Habano Photo taken at the H.Upmann factory, Havana Cuba.

Cigar prices are the same in all Casa del Habano of the country. Casa del Habano stores are also well equipped with smoking accessories and humidors but the prices for these items are not the same everywhere. I noticed price differences up to 20% between shops for the same item, so be careful!  They also sell rhum, coffe, chocolate and other items that go well with cigars. The personnel is very knowledgeable and polite. They can guide you in your purchases and their expertise is solid. You will also be able to find some rareties and older boxes as well if you dig a little. So don’t be shy to have a look under the boxes to see the dates these sticks were made and look down the pile to find this gem you are looking for.

Tienda de Tabaco Mercaderes st. Vieja Habana

Tienda de Tabaco Mercaderes st. Vieja Habana

There are other cicar stores Havana. Many of them are ancient Casa del Habano stores that were sold along the way by Habanos S.A. to individuals for different reasons.You will find in these « Casa de Tabaco » or « Tienda del Habano » as the cubans call them, a smaller inventory of choice and products but chances are you will run into more rareties and older stuff. If you happen to develop a good relation with the owner or some of their employees, I bet it won’t be long before they open you their secret cave or put aside for you until your next visit a few boxes of surprises. They do sell rhum, coffe, chocolate and other items that go well with cigars too. Although these owners are honnest for most of them, just stay aware and keep an eye open. Carefully inspect everything you want to acquire.

I visited one of those Casa del Tobaco located at the Hotel Comodoro, hotel that I don’t recommend at all for staying at except for visiting this Casa del Tabaco called « La Escogida », and operated by Andre Reyes Gilbert, a very handsome and smiling man. His prices are very good and the service excellent. There used to be a house « Torcedor » named Santo but he unfortunately left at the end of Febuary. Had the chance to meet him and buy a small bunch of his « Coronas » that are just succulent. Let’s hope Andre found somebody to replace him. Definitely worth a visit even though the man is gone.

Avec Sasnto le Torcedor et Andres Reyes Gilbert, Casa de tobaco LA Escogida, Hotel Comodoro

Here with Santo the house « Torcedor » and Andres Reyes Gilbert, Casa de tabaco La Escogida, Hotel Comodoro

Here’s the adress: Casa de tabaco La Escogida, Hotel Comodoro,  Av 3ra y Calle 84, Miramar District

Entrée extérieure de la Casa del Tabaco La Escogida, Hotel Comodoro, La Havane

Front window of la Casa del Tabaco La Escogida, Hotel Comodoro, Havana, Cuba

Other recommended shops but not visited:

Hotel Tryp Habana Libre Calle 23 entre L y M, Vedado +537 834 61 11

Hotel Parque Central, Boutique Cuaba, Calle Neptuno entre Prado y Zulueta, +537 868 18 38

Here’s the list of all the Casa del Habano in Cubahttp://www.lacasadelhabano.com

Cuba Zone: Cuba City: Ciego Avila.
Address: Hotel Meliá Cayo Guillermo
Phone: (53 33) 30 1632
Fax:
Email:
Web:
Cuba Zone: Cuba City: Ciego de Avila
Address: Hotel Blau Colonial, Cayo Coco.
Phone: (53 33) 30 1121 . Hotel (53 33) 30 1311
Fax:
Email:
Web:
Cuba Zone: Cuba City: Cienfuegos
Address: Blvd. Centro Histórico. Avenida No. 54, esq. a 33.
Phone: (53 43) 55 2144
Fax:
Email:
Web:
Cuba Zone: Cuba City: Ciudad Habana
Address: 5ta Avenida y Calle 16. Miramar. Playa
Phone: (53 7) 214 4737
Fax: (53 7) 204 7975
Email: lcdh.5tay16@gmail.com
Web:
Cuba Zone: Cuba City: Ciudad Habana
Address: Melia Habana. Avenida 3ra e/ 76 y 80. Miramar. Playa
Phone: (53 7) 204 5289
Fax:
Email: casahabano_meliahabana@yahoo.es
Web:
Cuba Zone: Cuba City: Ciudad Habana
Address: Hotel Melia Cohiba, 1ra y 3ra, Vedado.
Phone: (53 7) 835 2434 . Hotel: (53 7) 833 3636 Ext. 2797
Fax:
Email:
Web:
Cuba Zone: Cuba City: Ciudad Habana
Address: Fabrica Partagas / Calle Industria No.520. Habana Vieja
Phone: (53 7) 866 8060 / 862 37 72
Fax:
Email: partagas@tuch.cha.cyt.cu
Web:
Cuba Zone: Cuba City: Ciudad Habana
Address: Hotel Nacional / Calle 21 y O. Vedado
Phone: (53 7) 873 3564 Ext. 176
Fax:
Email:
Web:
Cuba Zone: Cuba City: Ciudad Habana
Address: Hotel Palco / Calle 11 y 146, Cubanacan. Playa
Phone: (53 7) 204 7235
Fax: (53 7) 204 7236
Email: tiendas@hpalco.palco.cu
Web:
Cuba Zone: Cuba City: Ciudad Habana
Address: Club Habana / 5ta Ave. y 188 a 192. Playa
Phone: (53 7) 204 5700
Fax: (53 7) 204 5705
Email: mons@clubhabana.palco.cu
Web:
Cuba Zone: Cuba City: Ciudad Habana
Address: Hostal Conde Villanueva / Calle Mercaderes Esq Amargura
Phone: (53 7) 862 9293
Fax:
Email: comercial@condevillanueva.co.cu
Web:
Cuba Zone: Cuba City: Holguin
Address: Hotel Villa Turey Guardalavaca, Zona Residencial, Playa Guardalavaca
Phone: (53 24) 4 3431
Fax:
Email:
Web:
Cuba Zone: Cuba City: Varadero
Address: Calle 63 y 1ra Avenida, Varadero, Matanzas.
Phone: (53 45) 66 7843
Fax:
Email: habanos.calle63@mtz.caracol.cu
Web:
Cuba Zone: Cuba City: Varadero Plaza América
Address: Galeria Comercial las Américas. Centro de Convenciones Plaza América. Autopista Oeste Km 6, Varadero, Matanzas.
Phone: (53 45) 66 8181 / 66 8161
Fax:
Email: comercial.jdpto@hoteles.caracol.cu
Web:
Cuba Zone: Cuba City: La Habana
Address: Hotel Habana Libre, Calle L e/ 23 y 25, Vedado, Ciudad Habana, Cuba
Phone: (53 7) 834 6111
Fax:
Email: habanoshabanalibre@cchl.caracol.cu
Web:
Address: Pueblo La Estrella, Cayo Santa María, Cayaría Norte Provincia Villa Clara
Phone: (53 42) 35 01 34
Fax:
Email: lch.santamaria@gmail.com
Web:
Cuba Zone: Cuba City: Varadero
Address: Calle 1era y 39, Varadero, Matanzas.
Phone: (53 45) 61 4719
Fax:
Email: pyz.micuba@mtz.caracol.cu
Web:

Happy Smoke!

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Publié par le 14 avril 2013 dans English

 

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