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Hamlet Jaime Paredes: Master Cigar Roller

I was wondering if I’d missed Hamlet Jaime Paredes’ biennial summer visit to my cigar shop, “a former Habanos S.A. a star roller for Habanos S.A, who became famous among Cuban cigar smokers through his in-store rolling demonstrations and Cuban tobacco seminars held at tobacco shops”. I’ve had the privilege of watching him in action three…

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB

Rewatched the Ry Cooder — Wim Wenders collaboration. Superb — both show insight and restraint — in accordance with their usual subtle judgement. There are few places on my travel bucket list but Cuba is one of them — I’d better get there sooner, rather than later. For me, it’s the music, cigars, the cars and…

Behike 52

I’m still convinced after two years that this remains the finest (matured) cigar I have ever tried (Wikipedia). I couldn’t get it for “love nor money” at Heathrow but fortunately I have my sources (and they don’t gouge me). There are other very good brands (not necessarily Cuban) but the workmanship on these is THE benchmark.…