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Stogie’s Birthday Bash Brings Out Cuba’s Elite

Fri., Feb. 28, 1997, midnight

The Cohiba was conceived, nurtured and smoked by Fidel Castro to prove communist Cuba could still make a great cigar, and when the famed stogie turns 30 today it will be feted with a decidedly un-proletarian bash.

A $500-a-ticket party at Havana’s Tropicana nightclub is planned for about 800 invitees on a super-secret guest list rumored to include 100 Americans.

The soiree, a fund-raiser for the nation’s cash-strapped health care system, will include the sale of commemorative boxes of Cohibas for $2,500 each and humidors autographed by the Cuban leader himself.

“Cohiba is considered the best cigar in the world,” said Dan Hoteman, manager of La Casa Del Habano cigar shop in Windsor, Ontario, just across the border from Detroit. “It’s the blend, the sizes, the quality of the roll.”

A box of 25 Cohiba Esplendidos, the 7-inch size, fetches about $1,200 in Hoteman’s shop.



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