Christopher’s Stunning Havana Club Rum Collection

20 Jul

Every cigar smoker knows that Rum and Cigars go together. Chris is a good friend of mine and has one of the largest Havana Club collections in Europe. I met him in Havana earlier this year during a trip he took there. He has traced the Arechabala family history in founding the Havana Club Brand Read more…

Havana April 2018 – Cigars At The Vatican And Bourbon By The Pool

8 May

Ed had arrived just as we finished the El Laguito visit last February and Christian had never been inside the cigar Vatican yet – so it was a great pleasure to be given the chance to visit the most iconic and famous cigar factory yet again. It was also a pleasure to meet Maria again Read more…

Havana April 2018 – Eight Crazy Days With Some Meditation

5 May

It started crazy enough already in Germany before even getting to Havana…. Christian arrived early in the morning the day before our departure to order some two hundred bottles of wine from Weinmann, a famous local winemaker here in the village. We did that first, then packed our Cuba suitcases for a late check-in and Read more…

Havana April 2018 – Hole In The Wall – Paladar Tocamadera

4 May

Back from a quick visit to Havana, I’ll start with a report on this new “oasis” in lovely Miramar as I truly needed a quiet place this trip which was more of a whirlwind than a vacation. I have for a long time not been to Cuba for only 8 days and having a few Read more…

2018 Festival Del Habano – Gala Dinner Auction Humidors

10 Apr

To end my reports from this year’s February trip to Havana, here is a pictorial review of the Humidors and corresponding cigars that were auctioned during the Gala Dinner of the Festival del Habano. As I left Havana that day and do not attend official events anymore,  I thank Kai Ahrens for sending me this Read more…

John DeCosta’s Cigar Sanctum Havana Party

22 Mar

Especially on days like this here in Germany with snow, gray skies and bitter cold I like to watch the clip I made during John DeCosta’s fantastic Cigar Sanctum party at my favourite Havana hang-out Espacios in Miramar. It brings back great memories of absolutely the best cigar party during the Festival week. It was Read more…

John Bongo Back In Cuba And The Worst Idea We Had – Trinidad

20 Mar

Having spent the majority of my last trip to Cuba in Havana, I decided this year I’d like to see more of the island and as the weather was perfect, our first excursion was a day trip to the beach at Tarara. It was quite windy causing some fairly big waves and the sea was Read more…