Just back from another splendid trip to Havana for the rather swanky annual Partagas Festival 🙂
Some 300 friends of Partagas attended the amazing gala event at the Habana Libra Hotel and we were treated to some first class entertainment, too many cigars to count and plenty of rum of course! The charity auction feature some very beautiful and unique humidors and though I bid I wasn’t successful this year as in previous years.
I herfed at the Hotel Nacional terrace, Partagas VIP lounge and the Melia Habana La Casa, mooched around the shops as usual and was surprised at the lack of Cohiba available. Mainly Cohiba Maduro and a few Robustos, no sign of anything sexy so it looks like the shortage is real as well as continuing. On a positive note there was plenty of everything else.
Saturday nights entertainment was at Tropicana. This has to be the best show on earth and of course no problem smoking cigars there.
Happy to recommend a few places below, goodness knows there are plenty more and food has improved in Havana beyond recognition over the last few years.
El del Frente: Hip, modern restaurant with roof terrace
Carboncita: Small paladar, good food and great service.
Rio Mar: Very cool.
El Gelato: Excellent ice cream! (I love ice cream!)
Back to Blighty on Virgin Upper, wasn’t too shabby, in fact I think we had the nicest crew ever (they must have had a good time in Havana!). Then straight back to the C.Gars London office to drop off a couple of antique cabinets and a half dozen excellent original Che photos for the collection.
Finishing touches and control checks being done on the auction catalogues which should be live by Monday on the auction website.
Avo Orchant Seleccion cigars will be available early next week, they’re currently available for pre-order, so if you want first dibs, order now!
Have a smokey weekend,