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Cuba: Into the ancient Valley of Tobacco

CUBA | Sunday, 7 January 2018 | Views [604]

Benito welcomes me to his farm as I enjoy one of his products.


Benito Camejo Nodarse is a local legend in Cuba's western Pinar del Rio province, the UNESCO World Heritage region renowned as the supposed birthplace of modern tobacco cultivation. 

"Date un toque," says Benito in typically charismatic style as he pours us both a shot of local rum, "kill the rat!" - which I take to mean 'hair of the dog' or similar. 

I take mine neat like Benito and the clear liquid is surprisingly smooth and soothing, while others prefer a shot of the farm's other product, coffee. Mix the two and you have a 'carajillo' (goddam!) 

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Tags: cigars, cuba, pinar del rio, tobacco



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