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Cigar Legend Alejandro Robaina Passes Away, Aged 91

Don Alejandro Robaina, a true legend of the cigar world, has passed away at the age of ninety-one.

He died surrounded by his family at home on his tobacco farm located in Cuba’s Vuelta Abajo region. The finest tobacco-growing land in the world.

In 1997 Robaina became the only Cuban tobacco producer to have a brand of cigars named after him with the launch of the Vegas Robaina line. This honour was a reflection, not only of his much lauded personal ability, but also on his whole family and the great community of farmers that worked with him.

The Robaina family have farmed tobacco in Cuba since 1845 and although Alejandro passed the day-to-day running of the plantation over to his grandson, Hiroshi, six years ago, he remained actively involved right up until his passing.

Over the years his farm became a favourite destination for visiting aficionados from around the world and he quickly became as well known for his hospitality and enthusiasm as for his legendary cigars. He remained one of the most recognisable faces in the cigar industry and became an unofficial ambassador for Habanos. Although, as his health began failing he became less and less active in this role.

Jemma Freeman, Hunters & Frankau’s Managing Director said “We all felt very privileged to have met Robaina and experienced his warmth and generosity at first hand. He will be sorely missed and our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.”

Ignacio Balmaseda, Hunters & Frankau’s Cuban Corporate Director added “Alejandro was a like kind and friendly professor who introduced many people to the thousands secrets of Cuban tobacco culture. He is a great loss to the industry and will be missed by all those that met him. He achieved great fame during his lifetime but remained a humble man of the countryside.”

Among the finest cigars in the world, his Vegas Robaina brand stands as the most fitting and lasting tribute to a true cigar man.

Alejandro Robaina, 1919 – 2010

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