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15th Habanos Festival

Dear fellow aficionado's,

The 15th Habanos Festival has reached an end.

Not only were these days exciting, but also very intense for us.

We got the confirmation of the new launches (see previous mailing) and could already taste them. The test specimens were freshly rolled, yet we have high expectations of the Montecristo Double Edmundo and especially of the Partagas Lusitanias Gran Reserva.

Apart from the classic auction at the gala dinner, we went through another auction. At the Hotel Nacional a giant humidor in the form of the hotel has been auctioned ... it is now being shipped to Belgium as you read these lines! The humidor will be the jewel of our new La Casa del Habano in Ghent.

The hotel has a Spanish-Moorish touch and is built with clear Art Deco influences. This has clearly influenced its famous hotel guests: celebrities like Johnny Weissmuller, Buster Keaton, Tyrone Power, Errol Flynn, Marlon Brando and Ernest Hemingway. The guest list includes mobsters Santos Trafficante, Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano and Frank Costello. The reputation of the hotel was probably raised by guests like Winston Churchill and Alexander Fleming. Hotel Nacional is one of the few five star hotels in Havana.

The artist has, therefore, had a considerable task to complete which took him eight months.

The humidor itself included 150 cigars: 50 Cohiba Behike 52s, 50 Cohiba Behike 56s and 50 Romeo y Julieta Churchills.

So it will be soon be seen at our new Casa!

Following the festival, we had a real Harley-trip planned and we can proudly announce that Frederic and Hirochi Robaina received the wings of the Cuban Harlistas club from the hands of its President Luis Enrique!

An unforgettable Festival!

With habanophile greetings,

Dominique & Frédéric,
La Casa del Habano Knokke