A time to cel­e­brate


Virtuozity - - The Humidor -

THE 31ST OF JAN­UARY was a day cigar afi­ciona­dos will long re­mem­ber as the first Herf­ing Night of the Ha­banos Club Cyprus took place at the Yacht Club at Li­mas­sol Ma­rina. A to­tal of 95 es­teemed guests were in­vited to un­der­take in the fes­tiv­i­ties at the event or­ga­nized jointly by La Casa Del Ha­bano and the Cigar Lounge of Equix Group.

Join­ing the guests was Mae­stro Torce­dor, Jose Cueto, the holder of the Guin­ness World Record for long­est hand rolled cigar. Also in at­ten­dance was the Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs of Cyprus, Ioan­nis Ka­soulides, his Ex­cel­lency the Am­bas­sador of Cuba in Cyprus, Aramis Fuente, Vice-Pres­i­dent of Devel­op­ment of Ha­banos, Javier Ter­rés de Er­cilla and the Co-pres­i­dents of Ha­banos, Ino­cente Nunez Blanco and Luis Sanchez Har­guindey.

They were joined by Mo­hamed Zei­dan,

Ge­orge Fereos and Walid Saled, each one a holder of the “Ha­banos Man of the Year” Award.

Fol­low­ing a se­ries of wel­come speeches, Jose Cueto was on hand to ad­dress the guests and share some in­sights about his work as a ex­pe­ri­enced cigar roller. There was also the opportunity for the guests to en­joy a Hoyo De Mon­ter­rey Epi­cure Es­pe­cial, a Partagas Salomones and a cigar of 58 ring gauge and 210 mm long, spe­cially rolled for each guest by Jose Cueto. Guests had also the priv­i­lege to see him per­form­ing live cigar rolling dur­ing the event.

At­ten­dees en­joyed a mouth­wa­ter­ing gourmet din­ner ac­com­pa­nied by Tait­tinger Brut Re­serve Cham­pagne, Foundis Es­tate Red Wine, Ca­ble Bay Sau­vi­gnon Blanc and Plan­ta­tion Bar­ba­dos 5 Years Rum. The sweet voice of Irene Athana­siou ac­com­pa­nied by the joy­ful play of the sax­o­phone by Charis Ioan­nou and the rest of Mood Indico Jazz Band was a wel­come ad­di­tion to a mem­o­rable night.

Guests were also in­vited to bid on twenty spe­cially rolled “oeuf” shaped cigars that had been spe­cially rolled by Jose Cueto. The hu­mi­dor was fi­nally pre­sented to the win­ning bid­der of $5025, with all of the pro­ceeds of the auc­tion be­ing of­fered to a char­ity.

At the conclusion of the event each guest was then pre­sented with a frame that com­piles the dif­fer­ent band de­signs of Co­hiba in his fifty-year his­tory. Each frame was signed by Jose Cueto.

Fol­low­ing the event, the co-pres­i­dent of Ha­banos, Ino­cente Nunez Blanco, travelled to the UAE to tell us about the brand’s plans to ex­pand in the Mid­dle East.

“This mar­ket is very im­por­tant to us. We know that the Ha­banos prod­uct is in de­mand and that peo­ple like it. We want to make sure that con­sumers who love cigars do not feel aban­doned to we want to ex­pand the prod­ucts avail­able in the coun­try. It is im­por­tant for peo­ple who love cigars to have greater choice,” said Blanco.

“We also un­der­stand there are a lot of fake cigars here and we want to let peo­ple know that the best way to get gen­uine cigars is from La Casa del Ha­bano. The most im­por­tant thing is that the cus­tomer is alerted about the fakes, so we want to run a cam­paign to let ev­ery­body know to buy cigars from La Casa del Ha­bano. That is is the best way to know you are buy­ing a good cigar.”

Blanco was also on hand to ad­dress the re­cent pro­duc­tion prob­lems, adding: “Be­cause of the weather we have been hav­ing prob­lems with crops and that’s the rea­son we have had prob­lems re­leas­ing though high-level prod­ucts and some Co­hiba lines. But this year we are ex­pect­ing a good crop and we will be able to pro­duce all of the lines.”

Blanco also con­firmed a num­ber of new lines will be launched at the 19th Ha­banos Fes­ti­val in Ha­vana. While he was un­able to dis­cuss specifics, Ha­banos have con­firmed that the H. Up­mann brand will be star­ring with the pre­sen­ta­tion of its first Gran Reserva Cosecha 2011, as will Mon­te­cristo, which is in­cor­po­rat­ing a full new prod­uct line into its port­fo­lio, to be­come the brand’s most pre­mium and ex­clu­sive line.

The Quai D’or­say brand will also have a ma­jor role at the XIX Fes­ti­val, be­gin­ning a promis­ing new stage by launch­ing a new de­sign and pre­sent­ing two new vi­to­las.

The Fes­ti­val in­cludes tours of plan­ta­tions in Vuelta Abajo, Pi­nar del Río, con­sid­ered to be the best land in the world for grow­ing to­bacco, as well as a tour of the La Corona and H. Up­mann fac­to­ries, re­spon­si­ble for pro­duc­ing the big­gest launches this year.

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