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FESTIVAL DEL HABANOS 2006

MITCHELLS DIARY



Cgars

In fact the old La Corona factory has closed down, but a new one has opened on 26th May Street.

The old Romeo factory collapsed a few weeks ago and production has now been transferred to the H. Upmann factory which is working at a daily capacity of 30,000 cigars. All carefully quality controlled and draw tested.

The factory manager kindly presented the Hunters group with freshly rolled Upmann 2´s and Montecristo Edmundo in the boardroom following our tour around this modern and impressive facility.

The Partagas and Cohiba factories are the only other Havana factories operating at this time but there are a further 43 cigar factories outside of Havana.

Last night we had the pleasure of seeing the Cuban national ballet performing Shakespeare and his Masks at the Gran Teatro de la Habana followed by the welcome party at the Capitolio building for the launch of the new Romeo Short Churchills.
These delightful robustos will be available in and beautiful tubed version as well as dress boxes of 25 cigars.
They are an easy drawing, medium flavour, light strength cigars that is sweet in taste from the first to the last puff.
 
We expect them to be available in the next month and are certain they will be extremely popular as well as a decent value cigar...highly recommended.

Today we visited the Pinar del Rio and plantations. The harvest is a few weeks late this year due to last year's hurricane but it looks like it will be a good one.

Simon Chase and Ana Lopez are of course hosting the tour for Hunters and Frankau and it's a pleasure to be part of the group following the Silver Chaveta award in 2005.

There is a lot of buzz around the 40th anniversary Cohiba humidor but I have yet to see one...watch this space!

Weather is sunny and warm but a bit windy...service is on manana time as ever!
But there is nothing quite like Havana!

After a quiet day relaxing on the beach in Santa Maria enjoying some finest custom blended Havanas the Festival week draws to a close but the best it yet to come.....

The Gala dinner was held last night for 850 cigar aficionados, connoisseurs, retailers and distributors.
 
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Cohiba brand, this was sure to be a night to remember and since coming to Havana almost a decade ago I can say it was one of the best nights ever.

We were greeted by beautiful Cuban models offering us exquisite leather Cohiba cigar cases filled with 3 Cohiba Siglo VI, followed by Corona especial, the new Siglo II Tubed, Siglo IV and finally Esplendidos.

Slick films were shown chronicling the last four decades of Cohiba since it's commercial launch and everyone was "wowed" by the latest limited edition Cohiba "Behikes" Humidor by Elie Bleu. Only 100 of these incredible humidors of 40 cigars have been made with each cigar band individually numbers.

There was a raffle for no.1 humidor which was one by Rafi in Geneva.....congrats Rafi!

James Suckling from Cigar Aficionado won the Habanos award for communications and it was well deserved....congratulations James!

Sitting with the crowd from Hunters and Frankau we were delighted when Alejandro Robaina from the famous brand Vegas Robaina joined us ( excellent photos to follow)

Simon Chase conducted the auction in his usual cool and professional manner ....no one doe it like Simon ! and it was a great success as ever.

I tried bidding on all of the Lots in partnership with Albert Stagnetto but alas we were outbid!

The results were:

Lot 1 65000 Euros
Lot 2 50000 Euros
Lot 3 55000 Euros
Lot 4 180000 Euros
Lot 5 250000 Euros

All of the exquisite humidors were of course signed by Fidel Castro.

The food, presentation and service really was second to none....Cuba has come a long way over the last decade.

Best

SmokeyMo


Dinner at El Aljibe Simon Chase The new H Upmann factory
Dinner at El Aljibe Simon Chase The new H Upmann Factory
H. Upmann Factory Mitchell with Robert Emery of JJ Fox Romeo short churchills launch Mitchell with Mike Mirecki of Cuba Welcome travel
H Upmann Factory Mitchell with Robert Emery
of JJ Fox
Romeo Short Churchills launch
Mitchell with Mike Mirecki of
Cuba Welcome travel
James Leavey ( journalist and cigar aficionado known as Hemmingway!) chilling at the Nacional Fraser Gilchrist of Robert Graham Ltd cigar merchants of Scotland Ana Lopez and Simon Chase
James Leavey ( journalist and cigar aficionado known as Hemmingway!)
chilling at the Nacional
Fraser Gilchrist of Robert Graham Ltd cigar merchants of Scotland Ana Lopez and Simon Chase
Tobacco growing under muslin shade Lots of tobacco! Ana Lopez Hunters and Frankau
Tobacco growing under
 muslin shade
Lots of tobacco ! Ana Lopez
Hunters and Frankau
Plenty of tobacco growing this year:-) Not sure about Frasers hat Volado leaf
Plenty of tobacco growing this year:-) Not sure about Frasers hat! Volado leaf
.... everything by hand Bales of tobacco wrapped in palm leaf John from Choice Select cigars
...everything by hand Bales of tobacco wrapped
in palm leaf
John from Choice Select cigars
Custom rolled from volado leaf...yuk! Enjoying a Daiquiri with Hemmingway at Floridita:-) Mitchell and Nino herfing at the Nacional
Custom rolled from volado leaf...yuk! Enjoying a Daiquiri with Hemmingway at Floridita:-) Mitchell and Nino herfing at the Nacional
Christoph Wolters mooches a cigar at the Robaina shop :-) Kiki at the Partagas LCDH La China ...one of the best rollers ...at Partagas
Christoph Wolters mooches a cigar at the Robaina shop :-) Kiki at the Partagas LCDH La China ...one of the best rollers ...at Partagas
Gala dinner...do you think we had enough glasses?! Sampling the new San Cristobal compliments of Havana Holdings:-) Viv...the loveliest Cuban I know!
Gala dinner...do you think we had enough glasses?! Sampling the new San Cristobal compliments of Havana Holdings:-) Viv...the loveliest Cuban I know!
Mike and Viv Tropicana! Christoph Wolters
Mike and Viv Tropicana! Christoph Wolters
Gala dinner Alejandro Robaina
Albert Stagnetto of Gibraltar LCDH Gala dinner Alejandro Robaina
Ummm...girls..lots of them ;-) Ajaz...and more girlzzz Auction lots...awesome!
Ummm...girls..lots of them ;-) Ajaz...and more girlzzz Auction lots...awesome!
Simon Chase Mitchell and Jose Marti :-)  
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Cohiba Tubed Siglo II Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill
New addition to the Cohiba range due out in the next few months ....Tubed Cohiba Siglo II Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill
Tubed Romeo short churchills due to be launched in the next month or so and a welcome addition to the Romeo range.This robusto sized cigar is light in strength and full in flavour and reminds me of an old Hoyo Epicure no.2 blend
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  New sizes of San Cristobal exclusive to La Casa del Habanos shops Diploma
Romeo y Julieta Leaflet Romeo y Julieta Leaflet Romeo y Julieta Leaflet

 
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