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25/02/2011

Foreign guests attending the Festival were also present in this special tasting session

One of the most unique tests of this Festival edition, the Blindfolded Habano Tasting, gave half a dozen finalists the chance to identify the unmarked Partagas Shorts, Cohiba Siglo IV and Montecristo Edmundo vitolas.

The contest –held for the first time ever- demanded tremendous professional mastery of the trade from the five cigar factory tasters and a sommelier from the National Hotel, who got down to the wire after a tough preliminary round among a dozen participants.

The grand finale of the competition, led by Juan Jose Lopez, an expert with the Tobacco Research Institute, and sommelier professor Fernando Fernandez, was open to a large turnout of foreign guests attending the Festival. They all tasted the abovementioned vitolas –completely unmarked- and put their knowledge on selected Cuban cigars to the test. Today, during the closing of the Seminar and the Tradeshow, the contest winner will be announced.

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