Episode 478: 2016 Stogie Fresh Tour of Cuba

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BACKGROUND: Just three short weeks ago, myself and 9 other sojourners followed Colin Ganley to Pinar del Rio and Vuelta Abajo to see firsthand the famed Robaina farm and the prized tobacco growing therein.

Tour of Cuba

From there, we made our way to the city of Havana to experience the sights and sounds and to walk in the footsteps of the likes of Hemingway, Churchill, Chaplin, Bogart and many more.

Conde de Villanueva: Cigar Roller

Conde de Villanueva: Cigar Roller

Along the way we visited the famed Partagás cigar factory and smoked up many of the prized cigars from this island south of Miami, not to mention swilling the great national rum of Havana which we drank neat, or in daiquiri’s or mojitos.

Antonio Briones Montoto cigar factory

Antonio Briones Montoto cigar factory

In today’s podcast, the Doc takes you on the road to Cuba to relive the tales of the cigar excursion of a lifetime and to hear firsthand accounts from others who made the same journey.

SPECIAL INTERVIEW #1: Father James Farfaglia

Father James and Jorge taking some rest at Hotel Santa Ysabel, Plaza de Armas

Father James and Jorge taking some rest at Hotel Santa Ysabel, Plaza de Armas

SPECIAL SEGMENT: CIGARS – Doc talks about the cigars he smoked and/or purchased in Cuba

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Cigar mentioned:

  • Rafael Gonzalez Panetelas Extra: 5″ x 37
  • Por Larrañaga Panetelas: 5″ x 37
  • H. Upmann Half Corona: 3.5″ x 44
  • Montecristo No. 5: 4″ x 40
  • Montecristo Petit No. 2: 4.75″ x 52
  • Punch Punch: 5.625″ x 46
  • Fresh rolled Robaina: 5.2″ x 52
  • Private Collection Robaina Perfecto: Approximately 7″ x 56
  • H. Upmann 2014 Reserva Cosecha 2010 Pyramid: 6.1″ x 52
  • Punch 2013 Edición Limitada Serie D’Oro No. 2: 5.5″ x 52
  • Cohiba Behike 56
  • H. Upmann 2015 Edición Limitada Magnum 56
  • Montecristo Añejados Churchill: 7″ x 47
  • La Gloria Cubana 2009 Regional Edición from Cuba

SPECIAL INTERVIEW #2: Christina Fontecchio

Hirochi Robaina and Christina

Hirochi Robaina and Christina Fontecchio

SPECIAL INTERVIEW #3: Jorge Mendizabal

Tour of Havana Club rum factory: Jorge in front of old pot distiller

Tour of Havana Club rum factory: Jorge in front of old pot distiller

SPECIAL INTERVIEW #4: Michelle and Ricky Uc

Michelle and Ricky at "El Aljibe"

Michelle and Ricky at “El Aljibe”

SPECIAL INTERVIEW #5: Colin Ganley

Colin Ganley: Cigar Tourism

Colin Ganley: Cigar Tourism

There are some incredibly classic old cars that have been maintained to perfection in Havana

There are some incredibly classic old cars that have been maintained to perfection in Havana

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