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Celebrated cigar roller Jose Castelar Cairo (Cueto) has just received his fifth Guinness World Record following his making in May of a humongous 81.80-meter-long habano, the longest in the whole wide world.

67-year-old Cueto, with 51 years of experience as a cigar roller under his belt, became the first Cuban to grab five Guinness world records. His other four came in 2001 with an 11.04-meter-long habano, followed by a 14.86-meter-long habano in 2003, plus 20.41 meters in 2005 and 45.38 meters in 2008, each and every one of them properly certified by the London-based company.

The certificate for this new deed was handed over by Dianna Melrose, ambassadress of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Cuba in a ceremony held at the La Triada Casa del Habano, in the Morro-Cabaña Historic Park in Havana. Habanos S.A. co-president Jorge Luis Fernandez Maique and the company’s marketing official, Ana Lopez, also attended.

After delivering the certificate, the British diplomat said “habano is a wonder, the best in the world, and for us it’s an honor to help foster part of a joint venture like Habanos S.A. in the distribution of such a product of excellence all around the world.”

During the ceremony, the Guinness Cueto museum and hall was officially opened with the sponsorship of the Grupo Empresarial Caracol and the Morro-Cabaña Historic Park, containing photographic highlights of those record-setting moments and scaled-down versions of those five prize-winning habanos rolled by the famous cigar maker.
Castelar Cairo made this premium cigar (totally hand-rolled) with aromatic leaves donated by tobacco planter Hector Luis Prieto, winner of the 2007 Habano Award and outstanding harvester from Pinar del Rio, the land of the world’s best tobacco.

In 2012, Mr. Cueto will attempt to shatter his own record.

Happening together with the 14th Habano Festival –slated from Feb. 27 to March 2, 2012, Cueto will try to make his record go one better.

During this weeklong gathering of aficionados and experts from over 60 countries in Havana, Cueto will once again try to come up with the world’s longest habano at the Morro-Cabaña Park. He’s expected to start his new deed on Feb. 27 and finish it on Friday, March 2, right on time for the closing of the 14th Habano Festival.

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