Havana, Cuba May 2017 – Anthony’s Picture Gallery

28 May

Anthony and Meagan shared 5 days of my trip and some of the best experiences and cigars in Havana and the Vuelta Abajo. Here is a gallery of pictures that Anthony took and kindly sent me for posting. Enjoy ! Nino

Havana, Cuba May 2017 – Picture Gallery Two

27 May

A few weeks in Havana again to meet old friends and make new friends, smoke good cigars, have good fun and enjoy being in the island again. Here is the second gallery of pictures from my trip. More detailed posts of the experiences will come in the next days, like visiting La Corona and El Read more…

Ziqui’s MRN Inspired Chinese Cigar – A Tasting in Havana

26 Mar

It was a pleasure to meet up again with my long-time friend Ziqui, a Havana resident for many years, and it was an honour for me and John to be invited to a tasting of unique cigars he specially commissioned inspired by the second fermentation of Chinese tea as described in Min Ron Nee’s “bible” Read more…

John Bongo’s Cuba Experience

23 Mar

First of all let me start by saying, that I am in no way a cigar aficionado of any sort. I’m just a guy who enjoys a cigar. I am however, very interested in culture and people and it was this, more than the Habanos Festival that attracted me to Cuba. Fortunately I was able Read more…

Visiting Hector Luis And La Ruta Del Tabaco

17 Dec

Not having been to Hector’s Vega for a few months I was surprised at the substantial & speedy changes there when I visited with my friend Urbano this month. The small cosy Ranchon has been enlarged into a mess-hall type restaurant that reminded me of El Aljibe in Havana with the staff at the bar Read more…

El Morro Sunsets

13 Dec

There are two very nice and quiet spots on the other side of the tunnel that I frequent for a quiet cigar, a cool drink and a beautiful view of Havana. One is El Mirador, underneath the La CabaƱa fortress, usually very quiet, state run but OK for a drink. The view is across the Read more…

Re-Visiting The Renovated El Laguito Factory

8 Dec

During this trip, I had the chance to re-visit the El Laguito Cohiba factory and see for myself the extensive & excellent renovation work done on the “Vatican” of the Cuban cigar industry. I had not been to El Laguito for a short while and there is a pleasant change of pace in the formerly Read more…