Tasting the Rare Partagas Salomon

Tasting the Rare Partagas Salomon

It isn’t easy to roll a salomon. Crafting this storied cigar vitola is a task often relegated to the most experienced and capable torcedores, or rollers, thanks to its unique shape that tapers at both ends of the stick. Indeed, even Habanos says these figurados are “at the peak of the roller’s cigar-making art.” Even more difficult? … Read more

Tasting a Limited Edition Ramon Allones

Tasting a Limited Edition Ramon Allones

I’ve long been a big fan of Habanos’ limited edition cigars. No, they’re not always perfect, but there’s always a sense of ceremony about them, a sense that you’re smoking a special, rare cigar. But when they’re on, they’re really on, and they make for spectacular smokes. That was decidedly the case with the most … Read more

VIDEO: Exclusive First Look at Cuba’s New Kempinski Hotel

VIDEO: Exclusive First Look at Cuba’s New Kempinski Hotel

It’s finally here. The highly-anticipated Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana has opened its doors to guests, a major new addition to Cuba’s booming tourism sector. The five-star property has been exquisitely restored, taking a building first constructed between 1894 and 1917 as Cuba’s first European-style shopping arcade and turning it into what’s easily one of the … Read more

Tasting the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe

Tasting the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe

If you’re a lover of Cuban cigars, you’re likely a regular at La Casa del Habano, the official global retail network of cigar stores for Cuba’s Habanos company. With more than 140 around the world, they’re mini-outposts of Cuba, typically offering a wide selection of cigars, walk-in humidors, plush seating and knowledgable staff. In many … Read more

Tasting the Partagas Serie E No. 2

Tasting the Partagas Serie E No. 2

There is something different to a Partagas. While the legendary brand has the most famous (recently renovated) factory in Havana, there is a mystique to it, an air of exclusivity that even more easily recognizable brands like Montecristo and Cohiba somehow don’t seem to possess. A Partagas is different; it is understatedly elegant. It is … Read more

Tasting the Punch Punch

Tasting the Punch Punch

One of Cuba’s most esteemed cigars began with a puppet comedy show. It was the middle of the 19th century when Don Manuel Lopez of Juan Valle & Co, seeking to capitalize on the thriving British cigar market, named a new brand after Mr Punch, the famous puppet of “Punch and Judy” fame. Today, one of … Read more

United Applies For Additional Cuban Routes, Opens Ticket Office In Havana

United Applies For Additional Cuban Routes, Opens Ticket Office In Havana

It appears the weaker hands in the airline industry have given way to the major carriers’ long term plans for flying to Cuba. United Airlines today filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for authority to increase from Saturday-only to daily nonstop service between its hub at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport … Read more