Don Alejendro Robaina 1919-2010

This weekend the cigar world and the people of Cuba lost a countryman who produced the finest tobacco leaves used today.  Don Alejandro Robaina died from cancer at the age of 91 but left beautiful memories in the minds of all who had ever met him.

Vegas Robaina is the only brand of Cuban cigars that bear the name of the grower.  The tobacco grown on his 40 acre home in the Vuelta Abajo region near the western city of Pinar del Rio wins annual awards and is used for the wrappers of many cigars coming out of Cuba.

My personal favorite of the Vegas Robaina brand is the Clasicos, a beautiful Cervantes, which is a cigar I’m going to go pick up today and smoke in his honor.