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Highlights of the 2013 Habanos Festival XV

This is the inside press coverage from SegalandCigars.com!

The 15th Annual Habanos Festival in Havana, Cuba was held this past week, and boy did we have an amazing time! From field and factory tours to cigar rolling 101, how to make the famous Havana Club mojito and fancy gala’s, the Habanos Festival has something for everyone. We had a great time meeting people from all over the world who all share the same passion – THE CIGAR..

Below are some highlights of the wonderful people we met with during the festival – some for the first time, others we like to consider long time pals. Coming soon – we’ll have an inside look at the cigar making process, from the field to the factory.

SegalandCigars.com shares the Partagas Serie C No. 3 Edicion Limitada 2012 with James Suckling of JamesSuckling.com at the Habanos Festival XV.. Both of us agree this is one fantastic smoke! Get it while you can because they are already hard to come by.

SegalandCigars tries to get the inside scoop from Nestor Valera, the director of all 160+ La Casa Del Habanos retail shops worldwide. He will neither confirm nor deny the existence of over 1 million boxes of Cuban cigars sitting in warehouses in Havana waiting to be distributed to the United States as soon as U.S. government policy changes!

SegalandCigars shares a moment with two generations of Castro's (Left to right) Fidelito (Fidel Castro's son), and Fidel Castro's grandson (who tells us his favorite line of cigars is the Montecristo OPEN, which debuted in 2009)

David Savona, the Senior Editor of Cigar Aficionado, shares a laugh with SegalandCigars at the Habanos Festival XV Gala Night. Being a fellow press person in the cigar industry, we bumped into each other constantly at the festival! We both agreed that the Cohiba 1966 Limitada 2011 and the Montecristo 520 Limitada 2012 will become great classics. Again, these classics are already extremely difficult to come by.

The new 2013 Co-President of Habanos S.A., Luis Sanchez, shared with SegalandCigars that even though cigar smokers have very few places to smoke these days, international sales of cigars increased by 6% in 2012, and he is still very happy that his home country of Spain remains the largest market in the world.

Englishman Simon Chase, a good old friend to SegalandCigars, who started in the cigar industry over 35 years ago with Hunters and Frankau. He is probably one of the most knowledgeable individuals when it comes to Cuban Cigars. He shared with SegalandCigars his favorite store in Havana to buy Guayaberas.

Danny Glover, along with his wife Eliane Cavalleiro from Brazil, joined in the festivities at the Habanos Festival XV. Danny was very happy to meet SegalandCigars when he realized we were both from Southern California.

The new Co-President of Habanos S.A. for 2013, Cuban Walfrido Hernandez Mesa, formerly VP of Finance. He was excited to see SegalandCigars since we last met two years ago, and shared that while his new position is a lot of hard work, it is incredibly rewarding.

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