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October 2008

Cigar Forums

By Richard on October, 27th 2008 - 1:04 pm

Recently, there has been much discussion surrounding some of the leading Cigar forums on-line and the fact that one person is buying them all up. I completely understand the frustration of the Members of these different forums, who having built up a community and a trust in that community over the years, now find themselves a small part of what has effectively become a big advertising space across the web. Gone is the passion for cigars, gone is the reliable information and gone is the point of these communities. Having browsed some of these forums recently, I see more and more advertisements from merchants who are not official Habanos S.A. retailers and who sell more than suspect products and yet, they are being put forward a recommended reliable vendors. It is more important to sell advertising space, even if it is to fraudsters, than encouraging the community atmosphere that was the foundations of many of these forums. It is truly a sad state of affairs when the supposed sources of credible information actually have a completely alternative agenda. I fear for the state of the Cuban cigar market world wide as more and more pushers of fake cigars dictate the information and market price of a product they do not even sell. Saddest of all, it is you the smokers who have been let down by these forums, it is you the smokers who are smoking more and more fake Cubans and it is you the smokers who are falling into the trap of believing the ridiculous prices advertised by these thieves. I cannot say it enough times, there are no amazing deals for a Cuban cigar. If you pay Fiat price, you will not receive a Ferrari. Members of these forums, stand up for your rights and demand justice!

// AdamLuczak // October, 31st 2008 // 6:12 pm

Richard, think about running a TopCubans forum :)
A forum without advertisments etc.
I can help.

Best Regards,

New Habanos S.A. Release

By Richard on October, 20th 2008 - 5:40 pm

Arrival of the all new Bolivar Legendarios Regional Production 2008 for the Swiss market. Rarely have I seen in recent times a Habano with so much character and potential. So oily and so rich, this cigar is a must for lovers of power smokes and enthusiasts of aging. Remember, it is a Habanos S.A. Regional Production, so it is only available from official Swiss Habanos S.A. merchants and for a short time only.

Long vs Short filler

By Richard on October, 01st 2008 - 12:05 pm

I often get asked questions about the difference between long and short filler Habanos and the difference in their construction. The simple way of looking at it is that long filler cigars are made with the whole leaf and the short filler cigars are made with the rests of these full leaves. The trimmings from bunches of long filler cigars are combined with other selected chopped tobaccos to create the blends for short filler Habanos. The Torcedor rolls the filler into whole binder leaves with the aid of a flexible mat fixed to his bench to form a firm bunch. The wrapper is applied by hand in the normal fashion. These short filler Habanos are also marked as 'Totalmento a Mano' - totally hand made. Naturally, the short filler cigars are considerable cheaper than long filler Habanos.
The other aspect that people find confusing, in the Machine made Habanos and how they fit into the long and short filler debate. Machines have been used in the making of some Habanos since the 1950's. They are capable of both long and short filler construction, but only in considerable small sizes. 'Mecanizado Habanos' (machine made) are less expansive to make and therefore are much cheaper than hand made Habanos.

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