A pairing and tasting session of Sancho Panza habanos (mild strength, Corona Gigante) and Bolivar (one Corona Extra, brand with mid-thick caliber and strong taste), with Cutty Surk Blended and The Famous Grouse Scotch whiskeys, among the most famous in the United Kingdom, was carried out by sommeliers, experts and Cuban Premium cigar buffs gathered at El Balcon de Bayamanaco.


For the first time and before a qualified and demanding audience –a good chunk of them hailing from nations where confectioning and patisserie top the list of staples- Cuba’s handcrafted fine chocolates were given a shot at their matching with the island nation’s distinguished cigars.


At the end of the day, the aged Santiago de Cuba and extra-aged Mulata rums were chosen and combined with selected vitolas from the Ramon Allones and Partagas brands


It was Cuban sage Fernando Ortiz the one who called people’s attention on the close ties among rum, habano and coffee, like a love affair of what he defined as “the island’s three diamonds,” tokens of our identity that have made the rounds in the world’s finest halls and saloons, acclaimed by sybarites and big-time consumers everywhere.


Both products that for the native dwellers of the New World were a common denominator of pleasure and god worshiping, now take a whole new spin on matching during the 13th Habano Festival


Both are present in this festival to seal a much-anticipated alliance, a one-and-only occasion to take a closer look at some matching between the most selected representatives from each of these two genuine Cuban products.


During the opening session of the 13th Habano Festival, the preliminary rounds of the tenth International Habanosommerlier Contest and the Alliance between Habanos and selected aged and extra-aged Cuban rums were held


This XIII Habanos Festival will bring one of the most widely expected combinations: the alliance of Habanos with the best aged and extra aged Cuban rums.


A good sommelier and even cigar-puffing enthusiasts must pay heed to the kind of lunch or dinner served before moving on to the after-meal talk and handpick the right stogie.


 The final tasting of habanos and aged and extra-aged tequilas associated to the alliance between the two products struck a high note on day four of the 12th Habano Festival, an event ready to give out very interesting moments in each and every edition.