Robaina's plantation

Monday 4 July 2011

First Post: Are Cubans the Best??

Firstly, I want to state that this blog is not political. I don't want to entertain any notions resembling anything having to do with politics. It's all about the leaf and everything that surrounds it. Now to get down to the business at hand, Tobacco or what we do with it. I'm going to make a bold statement, "Cuban tobacco is the best in the world". You might say it has its own "Terroir". It's the same seed everywhere else but the conditions just aren't the same. It's the reason why I originally got hooked on cigars, they remind me of wine. Cigars are not all the same, different countries have different characteristics, just like wine. By the way, I'm a wine enthusiast as well. I know this is going to ruffle some feathers. It's not to say that other tobacco is bad, it's just not as good. Most cigar smokers from the USA, I believe, have aquired a palate for non-cuban cigars & it would be hard for them to aquire a taste for Cubans, they are distinctly different. We, that is the rest of the world who can buy Cubans, think there is no other cigar. The cigars available in the USA have been created for that market. Are they even sold in Europe?? I found Macanudos, lots of Toscanelli in Italy but besides some of that northern European machine rolled stuff I was hard pressed to find anything other than Cubans. Domenicans, Hondurans, Nicaraguan, I didn't see. Correct me if I'm wrong. I'm always willing to learn something. I enjoy non-cuban cigars on occasion; Padron, AVO, Arturo Fuente, among others. I don't want anyone to think I'm prejudice but Cubans are still the best. So that's the start of my blogging. I'm sure some people are not happy with my point of view but I can take it as well as give it. You're welcome to let me know what you think. I will also be dealing with the best things Cuba has to offer. I hope you tune in to see what I have to say. For now I bid you Adios.


  1. I don't think I really gave much thought to smoking a Cuban cigar. Perhaps my subconscious kept me away from that thought process. I probably told myself I would never have one, so therefore I would not expect one. Now my conscious has awaken and I do wish to experience a Cuban cigar! I can say after reading your blog, I have posed this question to myself, how do I get my hands on an authentic Cuban cigar!? Hmmmmmmmm, I will have to work on this! Thank you Matteo for not only stimulating my mind, but also my taste buds....for a Cuban cigar that is!

  2. Hi, Matteo, no doubt in my mind as well that Cubans are far above every other cigar in the world. I have smoked a cigar that i would categorize as being the closest thing to a cuban, without being one. That was the Opus X. But i do believe that they are as hard to come by as cubans in the USA.
    I have enjoyed on occasion some very well rolled non cubans, but none have had the body and aroma of the cubans that we so much enjoy.
    Keep up the good work, and maybe we'll share a couple of good stogies in November .

  3. Lástima que no sepa tanto inglés para no tener que copiar y traducir.
    Pero quiero decirte que tienes muy buen material sobre mi isla y te sigo porque no trata de política sino de arte, de cerámica, de fotografía de hechos, de realidad.

    Si el mundo prestara mas atención a las cosas bellas que nos rodean seríamos mejor persona.

    Te felicito por tu blog, es lo mas bonito que he encontrado sobre mi país en este mundo internáutico.

    Ya debes conocerme, llevo rato paseando por tus historias y debo descansar. Tengo que dejarte.

    Cosas de la vida, comencé por tu último post y me voy con el primero.

    Ya me caes bien y a pesar que aún no se mucho de ti, te aprecio como un buen amigo. Has sabido encontrar la belleza oculta de mi pequeña isla.

    Gracias ,

    Un saludo desde Galicia, tierra de nuestros ancestros.