Thursday, June 05, 2014

05/31 - Hombre del Habano 2013

"... and the Habanos Man of the Year 2013 is.... URS PORTMANN FROM SWITZERLAND!"

That was one of the announcements of this years' Festival del Habano in Havana back in February... a big honor for somebody who's in the cigar business for more than 40 years. A well deserved award in my opinion.

With this victory Urs continued a long tradition because this award has been won by several Swiss guys before. To celebrate it with friends, customers and business partner an event was organized. With all those smoking bans it's getting more and more difficult to find a suitable location but the "Erlebniswelt autobau" supported the idea with a perfect location. The weather was picture perfect too and due to this we good enjoy some sparkling wine and an Upmann Half Corona in front of the building where all the guests met each other. The staff of the Landgasthof Seelust in Egnach where present to serve some sliders, later on they'd be responsible for the whole catering which was excellent as always...

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The name of the location shows you that it's to do something with cars there you weren't surprised to see some F1 cars and other stuff there... before the event officially started we all had the chance to have a look around...

Red Bull F1 car of Giancarlo Fisichella

Of course the evening was filled with different speeches and it's always interesting to listen. The food was excellent, I liked the presented Languedoc wines and we also got some nice cigars to smoke:
  • Ramon Allones Especial, Regional Edition Switzerland from 2011: this cigar was totally boring when it hit the market and developed to a fantastic smoke in the meantime. It's not my favorite size therefore I can resist to buy them but they're definitely good to smoke!
  • Montecristo Double Edmundo: I didn't smoke it at this evening due to an upcoming cold but I'm sure that I'll try it soon...
Intertabac, the official importer of Habanos for Switzerland, also handed out a nice cigar to the guests: a 2009 Trinidad Fundadores with a special band for the Habanos Man of the Year. Great idea... I'm sure that I will find the right occasion to smoke it...

As I already wrote before I was a little bit "handicaped" by an upcoming cold therefore I left the party around midnight... as one of the first. The other day I heard from a friend that he was at home at 5 am, so it definitely was a long and nice party... The torcedor from the Sancti Spiritus factory started to roll some cigars and so the people were able also to smoke some fresh rolled sticks directly from the table.

The Habanos Man of the Year award

Wines from the Languedoc region

Monkfish (no pic of the lemongrass soup we'd before)

One of the cigars of the evening: Ramon Allones Especiales RE Switzerland 2011

Main course: beef fillet

Chocolate chilli parfait

Trinidid Fundadores 2009, Edicion Hombre del Habano