“On the Cigar & Cocktail Trail”

(1225 words)
Cigar aficionado Andrew Marshall makes a pilgrimage to Havana to visit the Partagas cigar factory and sample the hedonistic delights of the cities’ cocktail and cigar culture. A man’s voice crackles over an antiquated loud speaker system as he reads a chapter from a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel, the words filling the vast room where dozens of men and women listen. With heads bowed over long wooden workbenches and with their hands methodically rolling, chopping and tucking, they create Cuba’s most famous product.

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