2010/05 – Reynaldo in Germany

16 May


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Sign of Quality
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Reynaldo in Germany

Jars in the Office

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Andreas & Portmann 40 Jar

May 2010

While I am fortunate enough to have Andreas & the pharmacy right next door to smoke, there’s an experience I’d love to have more often here in Germany and that is just driving after my gym work-out to meet Reynaldo, the renowned first class roller from Havana’s Hostal Conde de Villanueva, have a good talk, smoke a cigar, grab some Cimarrones and be back home in under half an hour !

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Reynaldo & sweet sticks
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Good to meet up again !
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Reynaldo & his tour “guide” Önder

Reynaldo is back on a tour of Germany, where I first met him in Mainz in 2003.

Since, we have met many times in Havana for cigars, bundles, café & añejo and developed a friendship.

So it was a great pleasure to meet him back on German soil again. It was in a giant shopping mall called LOOP, near Darmstadt that thrives in aeronautical design, lots of airplane models and even original Lufthansa aircraft seats to relax on. Haven’t seen a Mall that gigantic ever since leaving Texas. At least not in Germany.

But you can keep Texas – the good thing about Mall’s in Germany is that the Café’s have …. Smoking sections :- )) So after lunch, I enjoyed a PL PC with coffee and cake in one of the Mall’s Café’s.

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Reynaldo is enjoying his tour, having been in Düsseldorf with the Benden’s, in the Cologne Casa, and looking forward to see Christine Klever in Nürnberg.

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Reynaldo in his element

He had a gig rolling cigars at a wine estate an hours drive from here, but drinking & driving at night is not my preferred cigar.

So we enjoyed having a good conversation after lunch break and I presented him with a box of fine sweet Swiss “puros” – fantastic Colorado brown sticks from Gottlieben and passed along regards from the Portmann’s .

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Reynaldo at LOOP
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Reynaldo at LOOP

A few days before I had met Andreas to give him his Jar of the Portmann 40 Robustos – nice, his is # 87, mine # 88, I know he’d love that number, but I’m keeping it ………….

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Unwrapping the jar
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I’m keeping mine

Nice, relaxed and long evening in the office smoking good cigars with a bottle of Mackay Whisky that Stephanie was kind enough to bring from the Maldives – salty, peaty, with some traces of volcanic ash.


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