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17th Habanos Festival From February 23rd to 27th, 2015

Here it is again and for it’s 17th edition in La Habana, Cuba, the Mecca of Cigar! Here’s a glimpse of  what’s scheduled for your delectable pleasure!

Full and detailed program to be posted here in the next few weeks.

 

La Forteresse Morro vue du Malecone Photo:Courtoisie de Habanos S.A.

Forteresse Morro viewed from the  Malecone blvd. on opening (Montecristo) night of the 15th Habanos Festival.
Photo: Courtesy of Habanos S.A.

 

17th Habanos Festival
From February 23rd to 27th, 2015

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From February 23rd to February 27th, 2015, Cuba will welcome a new edition of the Habanos Festival; the most prestigious international event dedicated to Premium Cigars and where meets annually all enthusiasts of the best tobacco of the world: the Habano.

During the event, several Habanos brands will be honored and particularly two of the well-known ones: Romeo y Julieta and Montecristo.

Last year, more than 2,200 visitors attended the Trade Fair, along with 60 exhibitors from 7 countries, which confirms the relevance, favorable reception and success, resulting an ideal framework for technical and commercial exchanges among businessmen, manufacturers and suppliers from the world of tobacco.

The participants in this 17th Habanos Festival, including international personalities, will enjoy again the pleasure of tasting, in exclusive, some of the new vitolas to be launched by Habanos s.a in 2015 and will have the possibility to discover or rediscover the roots and the secrets of Cuba’s century old tobacco growing tradition in the island.

Habanos SA. invites you to enjoy a delightful week among friends and aficionados that have one thing in common: the passion for Habanos.

The program of 2015 Habanos Festival keeps up its traditional activities during this unforgettable week:

  • Welcoming Night (Cocktail)

  • Visits to the best tobacco plantations in Vuelta Abajo, Pinar del Río

  • Evening to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of La Casa del Habano (Dinner)

  • Visits to emblematic Habanos Factories

  • Trade Fair

  • International Seminar

  • International Habanosommelier Contest

  • Gala Evening (Dinner)

The opening of the event will take place on February 23rd, 2015 with the inauguration of the Trade Fair at the Palacio de Convenciones.

This first day of the Festival will close with the Welcome Evening at the Wood and Tobacco Warehouse located in the area of the Port of La Habana, where the participants will have the privilege to attend both the launching of the Romeo y Julieta Gran Reserva Cosecha 2009 and the exclusive performance of Cuban artists of acknowledged national and international prestige. The nominations to the Habanos Award of the Year in the different categories will also be announced during the evening.

The International Seminar will present once more interesting conferences on diverse topics related to the world of Habanos, including alliances and matchings of Habanos with drinks and products of excellence of the gastronomy, as well as the wines of the prestigious  Appellation of Origin from Chianti in Italy, master classes, cigar tastings and for the second time the contest to get the longest ash –enthusiastically received in its first edition in 2014 – among other themes of interest for all Habanos unconditional aficionados.

On February 25th a very special Dinner will be organized to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the concept “La Casa del Habano” and its more than 146 exclusive and prestigious Habanos outlets throughout the world.

And finally, on February 27th, with the usual Gala dinner the Festival, will be closed paying tribute this year to one of the well-known Habanos brands: Montecristo and its special 80th Anniversary vitola, ending with the traditional Humidor Auction, whose proceeds are annually destined to the Cuban Public Health System.

The TABACUBA Entrepreneurial Group and Habanos s.a. will be honored with your presence.

Walfrido Hernández Mesa Luis Sánchez-Harguindey  Pardo de Vera
Presidents of the Organizing Committee

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
Spanish, English, French, German and Russian

Visiting a Casa de Tabacos in Pinar del Rio , Cuba while attending the Habanos Festival 15th in Feb 2013

Visiting a Casa de Tabacos in Pinar del Rio , Cuba while attending the Habanos Festival 15th in Feb 2013

The cigar event every Aficionado should attend once in his life time.

 

Happy Smoke!

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Partagas The Book/El Libro

Partagas, Le Livre, le Cigare, son Cendrier acoompagnés de leur feuilles de tabac et parcelle de sol recueillie à Pinar del Rio, Cuba.

Partagas, Le Livre, le Cigare Serie E No 2 et son Cendrier. Accompagnés de leurs feuilles de tabac et parcelle de sol recueillie à la plantation Yosvany Concepcion Alonso à Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Le tout présenté sur Humidor personnel.

Tout juste arrivée, ma copie du récent livre Partagas The Book/El Libro. Oeuvre que je me suis procuré sur le site spécialisé en accessoires pour fumeurs de cigares Canada Humidor www.canadahumidor.com  et tenu par mon ami Louis Batonyi que j’ai rencontré à La Havane en Février dernier lors du 15ième Habano Festival. C’est d’ailleurs le seul endroit que je connaisse à Québec où se procurer ce livre. Le prix de $130.00 (Taxe et transport inclus) demandé pour l’ouvrage m’apparaît des plus raisonnable d’autant plus qu’une partie des profits générés par la vente du livre sera versée au Musée Cubain du Tabac.

Partagas The Book/El Libro

Partagas The Book/El Libro

Écrit par Amir Saarony, un canadien basé à Toronto et aidé d’une multitude de collaborateurs et amis dont plusieurs du département des Archives Cubaines, du Musée Cubain du Tabacde la Maison Partagas et de différents collectionneurs et collections privés et publique à travers le monde, Partagas The Book/El Libro comprend plus de 270 pages remplies de photos d’archives dont plusieurs sont exclusives à cet ouvrage et de textes retraçant l’aventure et l’histoire de la Maison Partagas et son fondateur Jaime Partagas, espagnol d’origine qui fonda la légendaire marque en 1845Partagas The Book/El Libro, c’est aussi un voyage au coeur de l’histoire cubaine du 19ième et 20ième siècle et son industrie du tabac et du cigare. Une lecture qui s’annonce passionnante et qui devrait intéresser tout cigare aficionado.

Partagas The Book/El Libro

Partagas The Book/El Libro

Et quelle vitole aura l’honneur d’accompagner la lecture des premières pages de ce fabuleux ouvrage? Un Partagas Serie E No 2, deux ans d’âge qui, discrètement rangé et presqu’oublié dans un coin de mon humidor semblait instruit de cette mission et l’attendait avec beaucoup de patience. Suivront à d’autres moments, des Bolivar, des Montecristo et autres cubains d’origine.

Partagas The Book/El Libro + Partagas Serie E No2

Partagas The Book/El Libro +  Cigare Partagas Serie E No2

Bonne dégustation!

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Publié par le 15 septembre 2013 dans Actualité, Littérature et magazines

 

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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:
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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:

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Publié par le 14 avril 2013 dans English

 

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