Robaina's

Robaina's
Robaina's plantation

Friday, 19 May 2017

Faces of Cuba

                  Not long ago I decided to go through all the photos I took in Cuba and organize them in categories, one of those categories was 'People'. That's almost 15 years worth of pictures I went through. The pictures below are of some of the people I've encountered during my travels. The persons either posed for the pic or were taken while they were doing their daily chores but what they all have in common is they're all just ordinary people. I hope you enjoy them.







Artemisa


Pinar del Rio


Havana


Havana


Havana


Havana


Camaguay


Havana


Havana


Havana


Pinar del Rio


Havana


Havana


Havana


Havana


(town of) Moron


Camaguay


Havana


Havana


Havana


Santiago de Cuba


Santa Clara


Havana


San Luis


Pinar del Rio


Havana


Pinar del Rio


Havana


(town of) Moron


Pinar del Rio


Escambray Mountains


Havana


Pinar del Rio


Trinidad


Pinar del Rio


Cayo Coco

Hostal Valencia Cigar Shop (Old Havana)

                  For those of you who follow my blog you may remember a post I did a while back talking about the smaller cigar shops and what someone might find there. I had intentions of possibly adding this shop to my list but after visiting recently I'm scratching it off. It never had a huge inventory to begin with but it looks totally depleted now. If you check out the pictures below you'll see a big difference in three year's time. It always seems to have people in there shopping....obviously not aficionados.





Hostal Valencia
Calle de los Oficios #53
Habana Vieja











Above Pictures Taken November 2014



Pictures Below Taken March 2017






Punch 48 Habanos Specialist Release (2016) my thoughts

                  Although it's showing that this cigar hasn't been released yet, I've seen pics of people's purchase of these cigars on various social medias....I therefore don't know it's status. Weighing in at 48 x 140 (5.5"), they consider this a Grand Corona. It will be sold in a Dress Box of 10 cigars. The one I smoked was handed out at the Habanos Festival this past year.
                  Firstly I have to say that by the time I smoked the cigar on this evening, I was substantially jovial with the amount of wine I had consumed (starting on the Santiago 11 year) and I was part of a little reunion with a couple of good friends....the distraction level was quite high. However, I can say that it was one of the tastiest cigars I've smoked in some time with a varied flavour profile. I detected coffee, chocolate and wood after lighting this mottled cigar and it tasted a bit musty after the first quarter. It turned out to be a medium bodied smoke that will turn into something wonderful in a few years if you can restrain yourself from smoking them...they're smoking ok right now. Both the draw and burn were good. Let's hope that when they're finally released, they taste like this one.