7 days till Christmas…and all I want this Christmas is a fine Cuban Cigar!

7 days till Christmas…and all I want this Christmas is a fine Cuban Cigar!

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

When I think of Cuba I think of the country`s famous president Fidel Castro, the patriarch of the Cuban revolution Che Guevara, the much talked about US-Cuban relationship; I think of a culture that is rich, a beautiful island in the Caribbean that is a top destination for travellers around the globe and a country that has lands filled with sugar canes, great rum and famous tobacco plantations that produce world-class Cuban cigars. Cigar production started in Cuba around mid-18th century and has continued on to this day. Cigars have become the country`s number one export, surpassing the former number one export of sugar. With all this being said, surprisingly, the country known for its rich soil and perfect climate for harvesting tobacco leaves was not where these famous cigars, that are known worldwide, originated from. Dating back to the 10th century a ceramic pot was discovered in Guatemala that portrayed a Mayan smoking a bunch of tobacco leaves that were bound together with string. The Mayans used the term “sikar” when referencing smoking. This can very easily be interpreted as how the term Cigar came into use today based off the Spanish term “cigarro”. In 1492, when Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas, he witnessed the land’s Cuban Natives smoke cylindrical bundles of tobacco leaves, wrapped in dried palm or plantain. Columbus took the liberty of making a claim on the island on behalf of Spain.  Soon ships would frequent the island regularly and  would partake in the distribution of  this fine tobacco from Europe all the way to Asia.  In the 17th century all Cuban cigars had to be registered in the Spanish city of Seville. Further after, a monopoly formed which did not allow the Cuban farmers to sell any tobacco to any other country besides Spain. The monopoly was enforced until 1817. By Mid-19th century, cigars became so popular and were highly consumed in the US that Cuban cigar makers started to migrate to Tampa, Florida. They worked in “cigar city” well until the 20th century. These days you can go anywhere in the world and you will find Smoke Shops boasting their grand collections of the finest Cuban cigars. The best cigars in Cuba come from the Pinar del Rio province. This province is made up of the regions, Vuelta Abajao, Vuelta Arriba, Semi Vuelta and Partido. These areas within Pinar del Rio produce the best tobacco. In 1907, a seed that was created, by Cuban botanists, called habanensis was used because of its disease-resistant qualities. In 1940, the much-improved criollo seed was created, followed by the creation of the Habanos 2000 in the year of 1992 and criollo 98, in 1998. The latter two are used for most cigars today. The harvesting of the tobacco leaves can be quite a lengthy process with the leaves of the wrapper being the most expensive to produce. It will take 9 months to complete the...

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The Return of Hamlet to Revolucion!

The Return of Hamlet to Revolucion!

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

REVOLUCION IS PROUD TO PRESENT MASTER CIGAR ROLLER -Hamlet Jaime Paredes- Hamlet is classified as a 9th grade roller – the highest achievable grade! His career as a “Torcedor” (cigar roller) began nearly twenty years ago at the legendary Partagas Factory in the heart of Havana. During his time there he rose to the position of Second Chief of the Rolling Room before moving on to a high profile role in various Tobacconists in and around Havana. In 2000 he was selected to conduct promotional tours around the world for Habanos SA and since this time he has visited Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, Japan, China, Macau, South Korea, Indonesia, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Canada. Hamlet is a dear friend to us and many people around the world.  When he is not travelling he is based in the world famous Romeo y Julieta shop.  When you’re in Havana please be sure to spot and visit him and he will appreciate seeing you! You’ll also be treated to a Rum Tasting and have Cuban music playing all night long!! Come down for a free Cuban Experience in Yaletown October 7 from 2pm to 8pm at Revolucion 1062 Mainland Street. Look forward to seeing you!! For more info contact Revolucion at info@Revolucionstyle.com or call 604-662-4427 Also check us out at https://www.facebook.com/RevolucionFineGiftsandCigars and add yourself as a “Like”!   See you at…....

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