The Big Smoke

The Habanos Festival, the Oscars of the Cuban cigar world, made its post-pandemic comeback this year. The Rake’s Editor-in-Chief, Tom Chamberlin, was given privilege access to one of the biggest events in Cuba’s calendar.
Editor-in-Chief, Tom Chamberlin rolls a cigar.

Cuba is a country designed to enchant, where every route is the scenic one. The financial precariousness of the country — shortages and maintenance troubles, the dubious infrastructure — is not easily hidden from view. Regardless, there really is no other country in the world quite like it, and when I returned, 10 years after my first visit, I found that this Caribbean time capsule had lost none of its magic. The revolutionary claws still leave their mark, but the island has so much to give.


July 2023


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