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 A Piramide Montecristo II and a Robusto Partagas Series D No. 4 were the top picks for the grand finale tasting session of the habanos-tequila alliance.

Some of the attendants –all of them deep connoisseurs in the field- hit the bull’s eye by recognizing the habanos from the very beginning, barely after lighting them up in their corresponding turns.

However, the exact information on their identity came in the last minute when the moderating panel made up of executives and representatives from both Latin American symbols eventually revealed the winning spirits and the participating habanos.

Following presentations from both sides and the necessary protocol and introductions, Adargelio Garrido, legal counselor for Habanos, S.A. invited attendees to go to the “main course”, which was no other than the tasting session itself.

The session was thorough and triggered a number of comments and remarks among participants, until the preferences were finally established by a hand vote.

In both tequila categories, the Cava de Oro brand took top honors, doing far better in the extra-aged category than in the aged one.

The winning matching proposals were those between the Piramide Montecristo II and the Cava de Oro aged tequila, and the Partagas Series D No 4 and the extra-aged spirit from that same brand.

A special moment in the course of the session was the official signing of the Habanos-Tequila Alliance, two unique and unrepeatable products hailing from this neck of the woods.

Mexican ambassador to Cuba Gabriel Jimenez Remus, who attended the session as a guest, said he was happily pleased with the presence of his country’s tequila distilling industry in this edition of the Habano Festival.

Mr. Jimenez Remus added that the matching of these two representative and genuine products, like tequila and habanos, “is just another step forward in the strengthening of bilateral relations between the two countries.” 












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