A Meet­ing House for Friends LA CASA DEL HA­BANO

THE UNDIS­PUTED SCENT OF A GOOD CUBAN CIGAR OPENS UP THE PATH­WAY AND YOU CAN'T HELP BUT GET­TING CAR­RIED AWAY BY ITS SE­DUC­TION. THE COLOR, TEX­TURE AND THE UNRESTRAINABLE DE­SIRE TO HAVE IT AND PUFF ON IT LEAD US TO THE BEST PLACE TO DO SO: LAS CASAS DEL HABA

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It keeps the very best cigar brands world­wide, yet this is just one of its many val­ues. Come to think of it, it's the only place where you can revel in three things at the same time: buy­ing the best Ha­bano, smoke it in a complicity en­vi­ron­ment ex­clu­sively thought out for you, and take a closer look at how the fa­mous and cov­eted Cuban cigar is ac­tu­ally rolled.

A part of the Cara­col S.A. Com­pany, las Casas del Ha­bano de­liver cus­tom­ized at­ten­tion to pa­trons in half a dozen prov­inces across Cuba, in­clud­ing some of the is­land na­tion's top travel des­ti­na­tions.

The stores of­fer such clas­sic brands as Cohiba, Romeo y Juli­eta or Mon­te­cristo, along­side oth­ers that stand out as well for the qual­ity of the to­bacco leaves, the even burn­ing of the cigars and their duc­til­ity when it comes to puff­ing on them.

But if you're ready to move on fur­ther, many of these stores have a cigar roller on the spot. You can talk to the per­son who rolls the to­bacco lay­ers into shape and give the cigar a fin­ish­ing touch. As the gen­uine to­bacco masters they are, cigar rollers will show you how to man­u­fac­ture a Ha­bano, the steps re­quired to get the job done and the skills it takes to make it a prod­uct of ex­cel­lence.

Las Casas del Ha­bano de­liver Cuban rum and cof­fee, to­gether with pro­mo­tional items and smoker ac­ces­sories, gas­tro­nomic ser­vices and tast­ing ses­sions of both rums and liquors. PARTAGÁS AND ITS GOOD FRIENDS

It was the first Casa del Ha­bano founded in Cuba in 1993. Nes­tled in one of the city's most bustling av­enues, at the Real Fabrica de Taba­cos and be­hind the em­blem­atic Ha­vana Capi­tol, this es­tab­lish­ment is a to­ken of the to­bacco in­dus­try tra­di­tion.

La Casa del Ha­bano Partagás, one of the best known around the world, joined hands with Ha­banos S.A. in 1995 to cel­e­brate the Partagás brand's 150th an­niver­sary. Three years later, the store de­cided to host an event of its own in an ef­fort to gather its most loyal cus­tomers and make friends with first-time vis­i­tors.

The Meet­ing of Partagás Friends brings to­gether the most ex­clu­sive dis­trib­u­tors, Casa del Ha­bano man­agers from around the globe, ex­ec­u­tives, busi­ness­peo­ple, per­son­al­i­ties and, of course, the good smok­ing friends.

The up­com­ing edi­tion will def­i­nitely be one for the books. In 2018, the Casa del Ha­bano Partagás will turn 25 years old. The meet­ing, sched­uled for Novem­ber 12-16, will fea­ture the tast­ing of Ha­banos, smoker con­tests, shows, nau­ti­cal and coun­try­side to-dos, the hand­ing of recog­ni­tions to cus­tomers, auc­tions and a gala din­ner. One spe­cial of­fer will con­sist of hu­mi­dors crafted by cel­e­brated Cuban fine artists. In a word, there'll be a full-blown pro­gram spon­sored by HA­BANOS S.A., HA­VANA CLUB and CUBA RON.

Las Casas de Ha­bano, whose prod­ucts carry a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of ori­gin backed up Ha­banos S.A., re­flect the most le­git­i­mate Cuban cul­ture as they have panned out to be the hold­ers of our abo­rig­i­nal tra­di­tions.

They are one-and-only spa­ces that take vis­i­tors back in time. Puff­ing on a cigar is like feel­ing the birth of a na­tion, the strength of our an­ces­tors and the grandeur of the Cuban Or­ishas. The feel­ings the world's best to­bacco in­spires sim­ply open up paths, bode well and un­leash un­shack­led pas­sion for this is­land.

 CASA DEL HA­BANO HO­TEL MELIÁ SAN­TI­AGO Calle M s/n Esq. Ave. Las Améri­cas, Reparto Sueño, San­ti­ago de Cuba. (+53) 22 68 7041

Calle L e/ 23 y 25. Vedado, La Ha­bana, Cuba. (+53) 7 834 6111  CASA DEL HA­BANO, HO­TEL HA­BANA LI­BRE

 CASA DEL HA­BANO PARTAGÁS In­dus­tria 520, e/ Dragones y Barcelona, La Ha­bana. (+53) 7 866 8060

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