A Tribute To Ernesto’s Favourite Cigars
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When Ernesto Che Guevara arrived in Cuba with Fidel his asthma was so severe he was huddled in the corner of the invasion boat “Granma” for most of the trip.
His asthma continued unabated and forced him to march in the rear. Despite his pride, a fellow soldier would carry his backpack, and at times even his spent body, over his shoulders.
A peasant suggested he smoke “campana” flowers, which, according to country wisdom, relieved shortness of breath.
Although it didn’t work, it did induce him to try his first cigar, which he smoked in a moment of joy upon rejoining the main guerrilla force. The month was December 1956. Che Guevara was 28 years old. His love affair with cigars had begun.
Fidel introduced him to the cigar that was to become part of the Cohiba brand, He also liked the Montecristo and H. Upmann cigars in a larger ring gauge and a figuerado shaped Partagas cigar.
So we have put together our modern take on these cigars as a sample of great quality Havanas with a reference to two of the most famous revolutionaires from history Che and Fidel;
One Cohiba Siglo III; 6 1/8ths by 42 ring Gauge
Castro’s Favourite cigar brand says a lot about this quality smoke from Havana. A well balanced cigar Coffee, vanilla and cocoa mingle with liquorice and cedar creating an intriguingly smooth smoke in the mouth.
One Montecristo Edmundo; 5 1/3rd inch by 52 Ring Gauge
A Medium spicy cigar, the most famous and popular Cuban cigar, with hints of Cinammon and Cedar and a Cocoa finish. An excellent cigar, enjoy on its own or with a good Malt.
One H Upmann Magnum 46; 5 5/8ths inch by 46 Ring Gauge
A light and creamy smoke, very smooth, ideal daytime cigar that finishes with a rich nutty undertone, earthy, toasted tobacco flavours. Superb draw.
One Partagas Presidente; 6 1/4 inch by 47 Ring Gauge
The Partagas Presidente is a Double Figurado in shape. Only the best of the best Cuban rollers work on this format.
Ramon Allones Specially Selected ; Size 4 7/8 x 50
This robusto size Ramon Allones cigar is loaded with character. This is a classic Cuban cigar, a medium to full bodied cigar, hints of cedar and coffee flavours. A rich flavour and wonderful aroma.
El Rey Del Mundo Choix Supreme; Length: 5 inch by Ring Gauge: 48
Light almost flowery notes make this cigar a great introduction to Cuban cigar smoking, not too strong also ideal for the connoisseur looking for a daytime smoke or pre-dinner cigar.