NEWS NOTES: COVID CRUSHES HABANOS CUBA CIGAR FESTIVAL, CROWN ROYAL TAKES TOP PRIZE

by | Jan 19, 2022 | Cigars, Leisure, Spirits

We have looked at the pictures. From a distance, it looks great. One day we’d like to go and see it for ourselves. The annual Habanos Cigar Festival held in Havana, Cuba, the source of world’s best cigars, is what we’re talking about.

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Last week Habanos S.A. Corporation announced another cancellation of the event due to Covid. The Cuban cigar industry has in fact been hammered by worker shortages due to the pandemic. Production, and therefore exports to places like Canada, are down all over. The festival was scheduled for February.

Said Habanos S.A.: “We are forced to cancel said celebration due to the new epidemiological situation of the Coronavirus in the world.”

Habanos cigar festival: Annual celebration of the Cuban cigar industry

The Habanos cigar festival happens every year in Havana, bringing together distributors, retailers, and cigar enthusiasts together. People travel to Cuba from all over the world. It’s a true celebration of Cuban culture and the Cuban cigar, and is a rare occurrence where cigar factories are opened up to the public. New products are rolled out.

Habanos S.A. is a Cuban manufacturing company that controls the promotion, distribution and export of premium Cuban cigars around the world.

Stay tuned for updates on a re-scheduling.

Crown Royal Nobel Collection Winter Wheat named Canada’s Whisky of the Year

Crown Royal Nobel Collection Winter Wheat was named Canada’s best whisky and Canadian Whisky of the Year at the 12th annual Canadian Whisky Awards. They also took top honours for Best Blended Whisky and Sippin’ Whisky of the Year.

Over 150 Canadian whiskies were tasted. To qualify, the whisky must be distilled and matured in Canada. An independent panel of whisky experts selects the winners after tasting each whisky blind.

“This is a truly stunning whisky,” said Davin de Kergommeaux, head judge and founder of the awards. “Incredibly complex, flavourful and well-balanced.” For a full list of award winners head over to the Canadian Whisky Awards site.

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