Cuba May 2019 – Visiting the Farms Or Back To The Roots

9 Jun

The cover picture of this report means a lot to me. It is from February 2010 and we had just arrived at Pancho Cuba’s tobacco farm an hour after a torrential rainstorm and strong wind gusts had destroyed most of the Tapado or covered wrapper harvest crop. The guajiros were desperate, the harvest was basically Read more…

Havana May 2019 – Less Of The Same

8 Jun

I had promised myself not to fly to Havana in the summer again ( which has not started yet ) and it was as predicted : hot, humid and rainy. But I was to meet my good buddies Charlie and Jody so it was worth the pain. Pain which was reduced tremendously by flying up Read more…

Shanghai, Pharmacy, Portmann – Mr Plastic’s Road Trip

19 Apr

Let’s clarify first – of course it wasn’t a road trip from Shanghai to Frankfurt, Web used the classic Lufthansa B-747-400 for that … and why is Web called Mr Plastic – well, being a big city boy he is used to whip out his credit card ( or mobile phone ) to pay for Read more…

Havana  March 2019  – 2 Weeks And Half A Mosquito – By John Bongo

31 Mar

Having had 2 very busy trips to Cuba previously, this time we decided to see if it was possible to have a totally chilled, relaxing time in Havana for a change. The fantastic Casa we were staying in was the perfect haven in which to put our feet up and enjoy the Cuban sunshine. With Read more…

Simon Chase – A Tribute.

29 Mar

I am just back home from Havana where I learned that Simon Chase had passed away. The news devastated and saddened the cigar community there as it has saddened the cigar world. Many cigars have been smoked in his honour and so did we smoke cigars in Havana remembering this great friend, mentor and gentleman. Read more…

Havana November 2018 – Champagne, Davidoffs, Fake Rum – Javi And Friends

7 Dec

Yes, incredible as it is : there is fake Rum in Cuba. Well, there are a lot of fake things in Havana, but to expressly buy Santiago Rum in Santiago de Cuba and then find out that 2 out of 3 bottles were fake, just burned sugar in cheap alcohol, was extremely painful for my Read more…

Havana November 2018 – My Very Own Cigar – Rituales

5 Dec

It was NOT my idea. I am just a cigar smoker. Plain and simple. If people ask me for cigar details I will reply : What do I know about cigars …. But smoking a good cigar in Havana with a great friend and excellent master roller on his roof-top terrace under a Mango tree Read more…