18th Habanos Festival

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18th Habanos Festival

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κύριοι καλημέρα σας και καλό μήνα!

όπως κάθε χρόνο, έτσι και φέτος κατά τη διάρκεια του 18ου φεστιβάλ
παρουσιάζουμε «live» ανταποκρίσεις από τα κυριότερα events
με πληροφορίες, ρεπορτάζ, συνεντεύξεις, φωτογραφίες και άλλο hot υλικό…

θα ξεκινήσουμε με μερικά πολύ ενδιαφέροντα στοιχεία
που αφορούν την τρέχουσα καλλιέργεια αλλά και κάποια «εμπορικά» δεδομένα

…During a question-and-answer period, two Habanos officials, Cintra Gonzalez and vice president of development of Habanos S.A. Javier Terrés de Ercilla, acknowledged that the current tobacco growing season 2015/2016 has been difficult with a "drought when it should have rained, and heavy rains when it should have been dried." But they said due to special measures from preparation of the fields, to special seed varieties, they did not feel that the difficulties would adversely affect the quantities of tobacco harvested, nor the quality.

Terrés Ercilla also declined to speculate about how quickly the U.S. market would open for Cuban cigars, or how large a market share Cuban cigars would take once the brands began selling there. "The United States is the largest premium cigar market in the world," Terrés Ercilla said, "but we really can't speculate about things that have not happened, yet." He added that the increase in U.S. tourists coming to Cuba had not had a significant impact on Habanos' cigar sales, but he considered it a positive influence that more Americans were having the opportunity to smoke Cuban cigars, and taking that information back to America.

Habanos also said that its top five markets in 2015, in order, were Spain, France, China, Germany and Switzerland. The company's sales by region were Europe, with 55 percent, the Americas (including Cuba) at 16 percent, Africa and the Middle East represented 15 percent and Asia/Pacific tallied 15 percent. The best selling brands were Cohiba, Montecristo and Romeo y Julieta, and the best selling cigars were the Partagás Serie D No. 4 and Montecristo No. 2.
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συνεχίζουμε με μια πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα συνέντευξη των co-presidents της Habanos SA
κατά τη διάρκεια των εγκαινίων του φεστιβάλ

Inocente Nuñez Blanco & Luis Sanchez Interview

Habanos, S.A. is in celebration mode. The 50th anniversary of Cohiba, its flagship brand, is the talk of the town in the realm of premium cigars and the basic motivation to boost up a highly-acclaimed 18-year-old festival. Here are the company’s, Inocente Nuñez Blanco and Luis Sanchez-Harguindey Pardo De Vera, in their own words.

How is Cuban tobacco positioned in the world market right now?

IN: Habano is by far the most coveted and sought-after product among premium cigar smokers around the world. In this sense, our leadership at a global level is absolute, with the sole exception of the U.S. market, of course. Our market share right now is way over 70 percent in volume and 80 percent in values in those markets we sell to, and it’s more than 150 markets we’re talking about.

What are the major management successes and the main difficulties Habanos, S.A. had to cope with in the course of 2015?

LSH: Our main success is to see how our strategy, based on offering habano lovers unique proposals and experiences, renders in the steady growth of our sales regulatory policies and current situations of economic or political instability in some territories. As it has to be, we remain committed to innovation and take on the challenge to give smokers what they’re looking for. That entails a vast launch program every year that engulfs a good deal of brands and a broad variety of special productions.

As to the products launched in 2015, some highlights were the Montecristo 80 Aniversario, unveiled to mark the brand’s anniversary and featuring a unique vitola as far as size (ring gauge 55 x 165 mm long) and presentation are concerned; the first Grand Reserve 2009 Harvest of Romeo y Julieta in its emblematic Wide Churchills vitola, and the Special Edition on the 25th anniversary of La Casa del Habano, consisting of a humidor with two exclusive vitolas from the La Gloria Cubana habano brand: Pirámides and Robustos Extra. Moreover, we rolled out the 2015 Limited Editions, the H. Upmann Magnum 56, the Ramón Allones Club Allones and the Regional Editions.

IN: The difficulties are the ones derived from dealing with a delicate natural product whose outputs hinge considerably on the elements, which are so hard to manage. However, Habanos is working in coordination with the industry to minimize the impact of those external factors.

LSH: Finally, we must also underscore the successful continuation of our work to further spread out the habano culture, and in that sense we must praise the outstanding job done by the Habanos Academy, founded and developed by 27 distributors that reaches out to 87 markets. This has rendered in growth for some markets in the neighborhood of a 50 percent increase. Some 8,000 people have been trained in the Junior courses and approximately 3,000 have graduated from the Senior courses, and those are highly satisfactory numbers that show how important the joint efforts between Habanos S.A. and its distributors really are. On the other hand, the specialized sale outlets are on the rise. Especialistas Habanos has soared a solid 15 percent with over 830 outlets around the world, with major highlights for the Asia-Pacific Rim with a staggering 300 percent uptick. The Habanos Point has also grown in double digits (20 percent) with 1,800 outlets, and lastly, our La Casa del Habano franchise –the best example we have in terms of retail sales- boasts 140 establishments scattered in the five continents.

What are the growth perspectives for new markets that Habanos S.A. has in store right now?

LSH: Habanos S.A. has been working for years in the development of the so-called emerging markets, in an effort to both ramp up sales and spread the habano culture among customers and consumers, and the outcomes can’t get any better. We’re referring to markets in the Asia-Pacific Region, in the Middle East, as well as in Eastern Europe and Latin America. In the well-established markets, our goal is to keep the market share and maximize our business profitability.

Are there any real chances to enter the U.S. market in the short run?

IN: We don’t know and this is a topic we’re not concerned about and we don’t like to speculate about. This will undoubtedly open up a great opportunity because the U.S. accounts for approximately two thirds of the world’s premium cigar market. Logically, the business opportunity this could bring to our company is exciting to us.

Is there any chance to put up with the increasing demand for habanos in the world market and the opening of new markets?

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IN: There is a chance and we’re confident about that. The industry has been working hard on this issue for a long time, increasing soil surface for tobacco plantations by preparing new fields and recovering former tobacco plantations. Efforts are also under way to develop new tobacco plantations in central Cuba to complement Vuelta Abajo, and investing in new farming for the planters. All this much is part of a development program that will also comprise the final manufacturing stage, by training cigar rollers and even making more room in the cigar factories.

What benefits do the Habano Festivals bring to Habanos S.A.? What are the new things in this year’s events?

LSH: The Habano Festival is a great celebration of this wonderful product called tobacco; it’s the gathering no premium cigar aficionado can pass up. But beyond that, it meets very concrete objectives: it’s the forum in which we present our main launches of the year, where attendees can puff on the latest products of the year, and it’s also a powerful tool to take a closer look at the product and the habano culture, especially for our distributors and their customers from all over the world.

IN: This festival is coming full of important new things. In 2016 we’ll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Cohiba brand, the most exclusive and luxurious brand in the world. To mark its birthday, there’ll be a couple of exclusive special editions, and one of them promises to be the rollout of the most luxurious and special premium cigar ever launched: the Cohiba 50 Aniversario, whereby Habanos S.A. is unveiling the first ring gauge 60 of its history. Also within the Linea 1492, we’ll be launching the Cohiba Medio Siglo, in a shortened format that’s been catching on lately. The Festival’s closing Gala Night will be entirely devoted to Cohiba. Cohiba is more than a brand; it’s a symbol, and the Festival is going to pay the tribute this brand deserves.

In the same breath, we’ll be presenting Hoyo de Monterrey Reserva 2012, with the Epicure No.2 vitola, the star of the opening night. There’ll also be a special commemorative edition for the La Casa del Habano with the Cuaba brand, that’s turning 20 years old in 2016.

We’ll also present the new and much-anticipated H. Upmann Magnum 54, plus this year’s Limited Editions: Montecristo Dantés, Romeo y Julieta Capuletos and Trinidad Topes.

LSH: In addition to all these new products, the Festival will once again be full of activities and initiatives around the habano –over 30 of them in all- during the course of five intense days and nights. As a matter of fact, we’re talking about the world’s largest event dedicated to premium cigars.

You’ve just said it, but how important is for both Habanos S.A. and its distributors the Limited Editions and other specialties in the sales of habanos?

LSH: Consumers of premium cigars love new things. They keep waiting and wishing to be surprised each year, and in that sense it’s our obligation to meet that demand our customers have. On the other hand, it’s in the DNA of Habanos S.A. to have an innovative spirit that truly makes a difference, one that has helped us to develop absolutely new concepts that are now entrenched and highly widespread in the premium cigar market, such as the Limited Editions the Reserve and Grand Reserve or the Regional Editions. A considerable chunk of our sales stems from those specialties, therefore it’s in our best interest to continue innovating in different concepts and proposals, such as Habanos Añejados, of which we’ve just put two new products in the market: Partagás Coronas Gordas Añejados and Hoyo de Monterrey Hermosos No.4.

What are those new things Habanos S.A. has in store? Will there be new brands or lines in the near future?

IN: As we said at the top of this interview, if there’s something that truly characterizes Habanos S.A. is its innovative ability. There’ll be no doubt new things and surprises in the short and not so short run, not exactly the launch of new brands because our portfolio already boasts 27 different brands. That makes it quite deep, but there’ll be new products, lines and concepts coming up.

The Habano Festival is a great celebration of this wonderful product called tobacco; it’s the gathering no premium cigar aficionado can pass up
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Δημοσίευσηαπό Τάκης » Τρί Μαρ 01, 2016 9:56 am

ακολουθεί μια ιστορική αναδρομή στα Cohiba, με αφορμή τα 50ά τους γενέθλια

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Cohiba: A Story Full of Intimacies and Secrets

The discovery of the magical seduction powers of today’s purest and most original habano went down in the books, with undisputed accuracy, on November 2, 1492, when Christopher Columbus ordered his interpreter, Luis de Torres, to explore the newfound lands. According to Columbus, Torres had been near the conqueror of Murcia and was Jewish, so he could speak Hebrew, Chaldean and a little bit of Arabic,” meaning he was an illustrated Sephardi qualified for that job.

Luis de Torres’ astounding recount after his return, jotted down in Columbus’ Sailing Diary, turned out to be the first testimony about the pleasant effects the native islanders used to feel as soon as they had started inhaling those rolls of scented dry leaves, lighting it up on one end just to receive its emanations on the other end.
Since then and over the course of more than five centuries, the quest for a purer, more aromatic and more refined habano, capable of rubbing elbows in the most exclusive lounges and shining as bright as a gem in the hands of men and women, ready to delight the most demanding connoisseurs, became an obsession for the world’s finest cigar rollers clustered in the factories of Havana, the place where tobacco leaves from the Vuelta Abajo and Partido plantations –the very best on the island nation- were shipped.
As soon as they found out about the aromatic leaf and unraveled its sensual effects, Europeans fell head over heels in love with its enthralling pleasures. Neither royal bans nor papal excommunications prevented it from spreading out across the Old World.

Two centuries after its discovery by Columbus in the Maniabon chiefdom, in eastern Cuba, harvesters who had settled down on the island had already unearthed many of its secrets, to such an extent that they quickly pinpointed the region of Vuelta Abajo, in the western province of Pinar del Rio, as the place that holds a perfect combination of unique and exclusive soils and climate, which coupled with their own experience, turned it from 1773 onward as the land of the world’s finest tobacco. Sophisticated growing works performed there bring about an exceptional tobacco leaf.
From that moment on, the most coveted and bestselling habano brands came into being and eventually strengthened.

A Historic Turning Point in the Evolution of Habanos
The triumph of the 1959 Revolution led by Fidel Castro had a tremendous influence on the national tobacco industry.
The top guerrilla leader and all major commanders from the victorious rebel army that had come down the Sierra Maestra Mountains, such as Camilo Cienfuegos and Che Guevara, were always wielding their habanos in their daily jobs, as naturally as common countryside men did.
“The new stage of profound economic and social transformations inevitably put a renovating spin on the world of habanos,” says Adargelio Garrido de la Grana, the defense counsel who has gone to bat for the Cohiba brand in countless international lawsuits, the man who has conducted the most in-depth research study on the origins and evolution of the jewel of the crown of Cuba’s tobacco industry.

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A common interest in the fascinating history of the habanos prompted Mr. Garrido in 1995 to invite Mayra Diaz Arango, a colleague of mine who’s a professional book editor, and me to delve into the fantastic legend of the Cohiba, something he had set out to reveal with abundance of details.
Thanks to his bold endeavor, we learned about anecdotes, curiosities and, above all, stories told by the major figures. That much can only be found in a book, illustrated with highly valuable historic pictures and boasting a deluxe printing, that was published 20 years ago under the title We’ll Call It Cohiba: A Pleasure’s Legend. The volume is currently out of stock.
The Evocative Exquisiteness of Originality
The key to habanos’ prestige –especially Cohiba’s- hinges on an exclusiveness forged along a thorough process of techniques and experiences, a process that kicks off with the selection of seeds and a complex farming procedure, all the way to the equally special and thorough preparations before the hand-rolling and the manufacturing course get started in the cigar factories.
Since the early 1960s, agricultural research studies began in Cuba –a blend of science, experiences and vocation- in an effort to come up with the perfect alchemy, something that could let the country move on far beyond existing boundaries in the habano realm.
But as it usually happens with geniuses, the initial upshot off the first sample –which eventually became the heftiest bearer of the entire tobacco wisdom- came to pass fortuitously.

According to the story pieced together by Mr. Garrido, on a cool spring afternoon, Bienvenido Perez Salazar (Chicho), chief of Commander Fidel Castro’s bodyguards, was waiting inside his car for the Cuban leader to finish his daily tasks. Then, he decided to light up one of the habanos his friend Eduardo Rivera Irizarri had given him as a gift a few days back. Mr. Irizarri and Chicho had worked together in the late 1950s as cigar rollers at the Por Larrañaga Factory, at the time penciled in as the “University” of the Trade.
When Fidel hopped on the car, he noticed the aroma off Chicho’s smoke and asked him where he had gotten that. Delighted by that question, Chicho drew out another of the cigars rolled by Eduardo and offered it to the Cuban leader, who quickly lit it up. A couple of wafts later and as a token of complete satisfaction, he started asking questions about the creator of that whimsical silhouette of peerless scent. That moment marked the beginning of Cohiba’s captivating legend.

As old friends from Palma Soriano, their hometown, Chicho went to meet Eduardo at the La Corona Cigar Factory where he was working at the time. Yet, this time around he’d come with a commission that would change his life forever. From that moment on, he was tasked with producing, on a regular basis, a larger amount of those special cigars he used to share with his friend, Fidel’s chief bodyguard.
The whole world was watching in those days the media-hyped photo of the Cuban leader puffing on an elegant habano of unseen size and look, completely stripped of the famous identity band.
Sooner rather than later, the new vitola became the most coveted brand by aficionados who kept on asking around the ways to lay their hands on it.
The Commander’s cigars, according to Eduardo Garrido’s recount, grew to be the smoke of choice for other revolutionary leaders, like Ernesto Che Guevara, who reportedly said time and again that he had “never smoked anything better” in his whole life.

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Excellence Perfection with Female Hands
Growing enchantment with the beautiful vitola turned it into a sought-after government gift. Today, in the El Laguito Cigar Factory’s photo book –the place where large-scale production began- visitors can see samples of customized bands designed for King Juan Carlos of Spain, former presidents Luis Echeverria (Mexico), Juan Velasco Alvarado (Peru), Omar Torrijos (Panama), Houari Boumedienne (Algeria), Gamal Abdel Nasser (Egypt), among others.
In late 1964, Commander Fidel Castro took his chief bodyguard aback with a question he didn’t see coming: Chicho, are there any female cigar rollers?
“Only a few, Commander”, he replied.
Fidel made inquiries about the time a person needed to complete his training as a cigar roller and the cost of it. The next thing he knew, the Cuban leader let him in on his project to found a school for female cigar rollers.
The delicacy of women’s hands got a hold on a decisive stage linked to the quality of the end product within the tobacco industry. It had started with the experiment at the El Laguito Factory, quietly set up in a mansion nestled in a formerly exclusive residential area.

A first group of four women, under Eduardo’s leadership and four other experts, got the groundbreaking project going on October 19, 1965, a move that would eventually revolutionize this larger-than-life trade. Shortly after that, the first boxes of the sleek vitola called Laguito 1 –resulting from the delicate handling of those female hands- came out.
Large-scale outputs required good selection of the raw materials and the systematization of Eduardo’s methodology in order to reach the sophisticated end product. The seasoned cigar roller toured the fine tobacco plantations of El Corojo, La Perla de Llevada, La Fe, Cuchillas de Baracoa, Santa Damiana –all of them in Vuelta Abajo- and others in the region of Partido, in Havana.
Following countless tests and tasting sessions, Eduardo and his colleagues finally reached the perfect blend they were looking for: a secret never revealed that hits its pinnacle in the third fermentation process carried out at the factory, in cedar barrels lined up in a darkroom where toxins, such as tartrate and part of the nicotine, are wiped out. Ammonia is also removed, so the stuffy stink is gone and the pure tobacco scent sets in.

As the quality of a mass production was certified, recognition for the unknown cigars Fidel Castro used to smoke and give away was spreading around the globe and the new vitola was crying for a name, a brand, the definitive baptism.
A woman of special sensitivity, Celia Sanchez, who had been born on the hillsides of the Sierra Maestra and had become Fidel Castro’s top aide, brought back the right name from the very roots of its history, the same name the native islanders had given to tobacco when they met Columbus and offered it to him as a welcoming token: Cohiba, the same word Luis de Torres and Rodrigo de Xerez had heard during their first inland skirmish, the same term Fray Bartolome de las Casas logged in his memoirs.

Of course, there’s more than just one secret in the artistic making of this supreme product that now hits the markets under the name of Cohiba, but the key to it lies in a culture that has evolved for over five centuries, passed on from father to offspring, down in the plantations and at the factories, settled down in the original and only location Mother Nature handpicked for the enjoyment of those who do know how to revel wisely in the pleasures of life –with all due respect for the gods.
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…και λίγα μυστικά για αλχημιστές

Habanos & Cocktails: The Molecular Smoke

Coffee, chocolate and spirits have undoubtedly been the most classic alliances for premium cigar. But, what could you offer to somebody who wants to enjoy it with a drink of lower alcoholic content than rum, cognac, whisky or brandy? Molecular cocktails could be a bold alternative.

For a long-lasting relation, these blends should have ingredients that contribute to achieve a harmonic pairing with habanos’ range of tastes. The mix can contain coffee, chocolate and dark rums, habano’s allies per se. The color of these cigars is quite similar to those featured by coffee, cacao and aged eau-de-vie or spirits, which always sway from brown shades to mahogany and chocolate-brown.

They are linked to scents, tastes and that highly powerful spirit delivered by the habanos, coffee or spirits, which get blended and strengthened, like a subtle scent, picked up from several feet away.
Of course, the use of other ingredients like dried fruit, spices, syrups and aromatic plants is not ruled out… as well as such techniques as gelification, froths, and even blowing the cigar’s smoke around the container.

For that endless range of blends, there is a wide variety of vitolas, in which personal preferences play the leading role. Nevertheless, it’s always recommended to seek a sommelier’s advice. At the end of the day, they are experts in this matter.
It’s also important to keep in mind that habanos can be puffed on in different moments of the day, but choosing the right moment and analyzing the time you can devote to fully enjoying it are key elements to striking the perfect harmony.

What does molecular cocktail stand for?

Molecular techniques have become popular and attractive in the world of modern mixology. Amazing shows are conducted with the use of froths, liquid nitrogen, gels, fogs, heat, the solidification of liquids…, elements that have a significant impact on the psyche of customers.

Mixology or Molecular Cocktail entails the application of analysis methodologies and scientific techniques when it comes to preparing cocktails. The goal is to manipulate the states and characteristics of the matter in a bid to come up with new tastes, sensations, textures and visual effects, thus helping consumers live unknown experiences.

So, when you enhance your knowledge in terms of the molecular structure of the elements used and improve existing techniques, you are ready to create blends in which the key elements are preserved and the tastes are boosted.
The application of this discipline logically requires highly creative criteria, as well as chemistry training in the first place. That’s what it takes to use such elements as calcium chloride, liquid nitrogen, alginate and nitrous oxide, among others. Likewise, the use of new tools like siphons and even disposable needles calls for certain handling skills.

Nonetheless, trying your hand at molecular cocktail or mixology, and making it pair with habanos, could be a quite singular experience, perhaps too daring for some people, but very modernist for others.

MOLECULAR MIXOLOGY TECHNIQUES

1. Esterification or Caviar Technique: It can be classified as classic, inverse and with isinglass.
2. Cocktail Gelification Technique:Based on the use of isinglass.
3. Liquid Nitrogen Technique: It creates a smoky or foggy atmosphere. It happens when hydrogen gets in contact with any liquid.
4. Brulee Technique: The use of blowtorches to apply fire to the cocktail and coat it in caramel.
5. Froths Technique: The use of siphons, where egg whites, agglutinating agents, isinglass and even fats are applied to created frothy textures.
6. Carbonated Drink Technique: It takes the use of siphons and capsules of CO2 in order to increase the content of this gas in cocktails.
7. Air Technique: Based on the use of soy lecithin.

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Πολύ ωραία κείμενα για ανάγνωση Τάκη. Απ' ότι κατάλαβα με τα λεγόμενα αλλά και τις πράξεις των κυρίων της Χαϊβανος (βλ. το πρώτο 60αρι στην ιστορία των κουβανέζικων) η Αμερικάνικη επιδρομή είναι προ των πυλών....
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....και μερικές εικόνες απο το χθεσινό Φεστιβάλ
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Ωραιο διαβασμα!
Θανκς σενιορ Ντον :!:
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Η τελευταία φωτογραφία με το κουτι-υγραντήρα cohiba μαμαει..
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a man never forgets-
his first love and his
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μπράβο tommi! :wink:
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…Τι Cohiba καπνίζετε?
Linea Clasica, Maduro 5, BHK, Piramides Extra, Robusto Supremo ή Gran Reserva?
ιδού μερικές ενδιαφέρουσες προτάσεις για το ποιο ρούμι ταιριάζει σαν καλύτερη συνοδεία

COHIBA THE LORD OF PAIRINGS

Cohiba has been one the greatest brands of Habanos since day one. Its conception, making and marketing were surrounded by the enchantment of original vitolas, the selection of leaves from the five high-quality tobacco plantation in San Juan y Martinez and San Luis, in Pinar del Rio, as well as an additional aging process applied to the raw material and the exquisite choosing carried out by cigar makers. All those elements favor the sublime quality of this product.

That’s the reason why Cohiba became the most sought-after brand of habanos. It’s presently the only brand that features four lines and embraces three of the five tasting ranges: Línea Clásica and Maduro 5 are mild-to-strong, Línea 1492 is mild and Línea Behike is strong-tasting.
Both love and perfection had never been so wisely combined in the realm of habanos, so in its 50th anniversary Cohiba represents the pride of the Cuban cigar-making culture.
Its four lines and many vitolas are marked by authentic peculiarities. Therefore, their pairing proposals are also meant to be unique.

Cohiba blessings
Right from the onset, this brand was shrouded by a drape of blessed mysteries: an old mansion, a selective group of female cigar rollers and a fine making process for each and every vitola.
These elements are complemented by high quality standards and the fact that it’s the only brand of habanos in which three of the four leaf types used in the rolling process –seco, ligero and medio tiempo- endure an additional fermentation process in white-oak barrels.
Many families of distilled spirits can be paired with Cohiba’s vitolas, but undoubtedly rum –specifically Cuban light rum- is the perfect match for a habano. They have been longstanding soul mates and guidelines of the nation’s identity.
However, this fact doesn’t mean that in Cohiba’s extensive and exclusive vitola stock there’s no room for all preferences, especially when it comes to pairing these cigars and spirits within premium, ultra-premium and even prestige ranges.

Cohiba-rum pairings
Its first line, named Clásica, was developed somewhere between 1966 and 1989 and it’s made up of half a dozen vitolas. Lancero was, just as its name indicates, the “spearhead”, with Robusto and Espléndido following suit with class and style, and Coronas Especiales and Panetela rounding out the pack.
Lanceros is a masterpiece, only produced by the most seasoned cigar makers. This long-and-thin habano is powerful, with spicy and chocolate notes, highly recommended to go along with such aged rums as Santiago 11 Years or Mulata 12 Years.
Robusto and Espléndido are flagships of Línea Clásica. The first one paved the way for future short-burning habanos, with perfect sizes, dried fruit notes and delicious woody notes. So, Robusto can pair perfectly with Havana Club 7 Years.
Espléndido, the most beautiful cigar of the line, is an exceptional and well-shaped Julieta, delivering precious woody notes, fresh herb notes and roast notes with humus playing the leading role. It’s ideal with such rums as Caney 12 Years, or Mulata 15, which are both light, yet with a long-lasting and complex aftertaste.

Línea 1492 or Línea Siglos, rolled out in 1992 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America, came out initially with five vitolas, which were joined by Siglo VI in 2002, the most spectacular vitola of the Cohiba brand at the moment, characterized by an irresistible persona of its own.
Cañonazo, Siglo VI’s factory vitola, was penciled in as the perfect puff. The new habano, ring gauge 52, features intense tastes, with cedar and pepper notes, and it’s highly recommended with Havana Club Unión, the latest gem of Havana Club’s Colección Icónica. It’s a voluptuous rum and very seductive when paired with Cohiba Siglo VI.
On the other hand, Línea 1492 delivers an interesting experience when its Cohiba Siglo IV, a Gran Corona, meets Havana Club Reserva Rum, which runs lightly and silkily in the mouth.

Línea Maduro 5 was put out in 2007, with three new vitolas: Genios, Mágicos and Secretos, with short-burning sizes and a wrapper that underwent a five-year aging process, a reason why these habanos boast such signature hues and colors.
As for pairings, Genios stands out in this line, with intense taste, a complex final aftertaste, and a body that oozes out smoked, earthy and high-roast taste –as well as tannery notes- that clinch a delightful puff.
The pairing with the recently-launched Santiago Siglo y Medio is superb, with its aged structure and suggestive aromatic and taste proposals. It’s an “assemblée” of habano and rum that is nearly perfect.

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Pairings with behike
The rollout of Línea Behike back in 2006, within the framework of Cohíba’s 40th Anniversary, engulfed a whole revolution in terms of its high quality and limited output, so it became the brand’s most exclusive line.
Behike was the first one to introduce medio tiempo in the blend of its three vitolas, a scantily-sprouting leaf collected from the top foliage of the sun-grown tobacco plant and which gives this line exceptional character and taste. BHK 52, 54 and 56 are vitolas with superb taste and smell that invites patrons to put the most exclusive aged rums on the table.

BHK 52, the smallest one in the trio, is also the most powerful one, with intense seasoned notes, combined with refined woody and earthly notes, as well as delicate cacao and coffee notes. It’s exquisitely enjoyed with Havana Club Selección de Maestros, a kind of rum with profiles of crystallized orange, balanced, intense woody notes, bitter chocolate and coffee, with voluptuous aftertaste.

BHK 54, the most balanced of the three and featuring a fancy draw, boasts liquored and smoked notes, remarkable taste richness, coupled with coconut and bitter cacao notes. When it comes to pairing, Havana Club Máximo is the one, the masterpiece of Havana Club’s Colección Icónica, a result of blending all of the oldest rums, a tribute to the Cuban rum-making culture, rich in scents, where vanilla, wood, coconut and toasted coffee notes bring out an irresistible spicy aftertaste. It’s actually an out-of-the-way pairing.

Last but not least, BHK 56 –Laguito No.6 is the factory vitola- shows off intense vegetable notes, where wood is aromatically ingrained with complex bitter tastes, dried fruit and delicate tannery notes. The draw is quite even and the final third is very pleasant.

It matches splendidly with Santiago 25 Years, voluptuous, rich in aromas, in which toast and delicious sweet notes stand out, and both wood and eau-de-vie provide a well-balanced, silky and longstanding taste. It’s indeed an enthralling match to taste.

Other classic cohiba
Due to its enduring hallmark and nonstop innovation, Cohiba was Habanos S.A.’s first brand to launch a Reserve in 2002 and a Grand Reserve seven years later, in 2009. Both have been rolled with tobacco leaves that were aged during three and five years respectively, so they are perfect to be paired with San Cristóbal de La Habana 480 Aniversario Rum, a limited production of full-bodied spirit featuring apple and dried fruit notes, exceptional character. This is a kind of collection-oriented rum.

Launched in 2013, Cohiba’s Pirámides Extra is the last frontier of single torpedoes, an impeccably-made habano, very aromatic, which reminds smokers of tea leaves and toasted nuts, a pyramid of body and personality. It goes great with aged Isla del Tesoro rum, with harmonic and lasting aftertaste, as well as balanced, so they come together in a very enjoyable relationship of intensity.

The list is topped by the last gem of Cohiba’s crown, Robusto Supremo Edición Limitada 2015, a habano that has had huge acclaim among habano enthusiasts, with its gorgeous aged wrapper, perfect rolling. With ring gauge 58, this is by far the thickest one in Habanos’ vitola portfolio. It packs a wallop with its dazzling taste richness, skin notes and powerful bitter aftertaste.

It’s a rebel habano, with body, tremendously enjoyable with Havana Club 15 Years, which follows the classic style of old spirits, harmonious, silky in the mouth, with complex and long-lasting end. It’s a friendly clash between two powers. A superb finale awaits.

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…ένα ρούμι LE

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Havana Club Tributo 2016 Limited Edition

A tribute to the excellence of Cuban light rum and its continuance in time has been the raison d'etreof the first Havana Club Tributo 2016 Limited Edition, a new proposal by Havana Club International S.A. launched Tuesday at the Museum of Rum’s Tasting Hall, with media representatives from Cuba and overseas in attendance.
According to Cuban Master Rum Maker Asbel Morales, the product’s mastermind, this is a limited edition of 2,500 bottles distilled with the finest bases of aged rums. “This is not just another product, another brand, but a gem of Cuban rum culture,” he said.

“The Cuban rum stands out because of three elements: Cuba’s climate, which is perfect when it comes to planting sugarcane and getting high-quality molasses; natural aging process in consecutive stages and the knowhow of Cuban master rum makers that has been passed from generation to generation for over 150 years,” he explained.
Each edition of the Havana Club Tributo collection will be unique, thus delivering a new tasting experience by trying out different rum bases. “The product we now show you has been produced with rums aged in eight-decade-old casks, which were carefully blended with others to come up with a scented and intense taste with notes of tropical dried fruits and dark amber color,” the expert went on to say.

The luxurious case –blue and gilt- makes it stand out on the shelf. The label shows Cuban Master Rum Maker Asbel Morales’ signature, as well as the number of each bottle.
According to the company’s executives, the 2016 edition features 40 percent ABV (alcohol per volume) and, starting on March 1, it’ll be available in Cuba and such countries as Mexico, Germany and Switzerland (especially in Casas de Habanos), for a price tag of $350.

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The Land of Habanos and Dreams

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Once again, the finest tobacco plantations of the world, nestled in Pinar del Rio, Cuba’s westernmost region, welcomed visitors from around the globe for a closer look at those lands to meet the mythical tobacco plants in the course of the Habano Festival.

Guests and delegates to the Festival arrived in Vuelta Abajo to take a closer look at the growing work, breathe its air and talk to the experts on the sowing, harvesting and production of tobacco.
The exclusive combination of land and climate in the area of San Juan y Martinez, has captivated one of the most prestigious owners of tobacco plantations in Vuelta Abajo: Maximo Perez Maseda.
The producer described the work carried out by himself and his workers in an effort to guarantee optimum conditions of the acres of farmlands he owns, as well as their actions undertaken this year to cope with the damage caused by unexpected and unusual rainfall.

“I enjoy every single element related to tobacco. When we’re not in the planting or harvesting season, I dream about the green country while I puff on a habano,” this producer and unconditional enthusiast of Cuban cigars admits.

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πολύ κιτρινίνα !!! 8)
Μια Slenderella την ημέρα, τον γιατρό τον κάνει πέρα!!!
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Δημοσίευσηαπό Τάκης » Τετ Μαρ 02, 2016 11:18 am

...κι ένα μικρό video
το ενδιαφέρον εστιάζεται από 01:35 και μετά, όταν οι συν-πρόεδροι ανοίγουν Τον υγραντήρα... 8)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wm3zQ7CnO1k
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Όποιος επιθυμεί μπορεί να εγγραφεί στο newsletter της Habanos και να λαμβάνει καθημερινά στο e-mail του όλα τα νέα του φεστιβάλ και όχι μόνο....τις καλημέρες μου... 8) 8)
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Δημοσίευσηαπό Τάκης » Τετ Μαρ 02, 2016 1:47 pm

στο τρισάθλιο, απαράδεκτο, ανενημέρωτο & διαρκώς αραχνιασμένο επίσημο site της Habanos SA
όπως πολλάκις έχουμε επισημάνει, αναφέρει, στηλιτεύσει, χλευάσει (κι όχι μόνο εμείς)
δεν υπάρχει (όπως και κάθε χρόνο) απολύτως καμία ενημέρωση για τις δραστηριότητες του φεστιβάλ

στην πρώτη του σελίδα, σέρνεται ακόμα το registration για το festival :mrgreen: με ημερομηνία 6 Ιανουαρίου 2016
ενώ η πιο έγκαιρη ενημέρωση είναι με ημερομηνία 15 Φεβρουαρίου και αφορά την επίσημη αναγγελία του

ακόμα και στην "ειδική" ένθετη σελίδα που υπάρχει με τίτλο "18th Festival"
η τελευταία ενημέρωση είναι στις 24 Φεβρουαρίου
και αφορά τους μουσικούς που θα παίξουν στο φετινό φεστιβάλ

...κατά τα άλλα, μαγκιά, κλανιά και κώλο φινιστρίνι
αν περιμέναμε από τους κουβανούς, σωθήκαμε...

όλα αυτά που γράφουμε-συλλέγουμε-αποθησαυρίζουμε-ανεβάζουμε-κατεβάζουμε
είναι μόνο και μόνο από το μεράκι και την τρέλα καθενός από μας...
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Εγώ δεν είπα τίποτα για το site της Habanos αλλά για το newsletter.....από κ@λ@@ς και κλ@νι@ς όμως.... :D :D :mrgreen:

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